Supplements – getting a helping hand

Supplements – get a helping hand

Vitamin B complex

There are 8 B vitamins in vitamin B complex. Although each individual vitamin performs a different function in the body they all work together to maintain good health and vitality. Although a healthy balanced diet should provide us with all of our B vitamins they are water soluble and therefor are not retained by the body.

Why it might be worthwhile taking a B vitamin supplement:

1. Energy Production

Vitamin B1 is needed to help convert the carbohydrates we eat into glucose. The following B Vitamins are needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy – Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Biotin. A Vitamin B deficiency in any of these vitamins can lead to decreased energy production, lethargy and fatigue.

2. Healthy Nervous system

The Vitamin B complex is essential for the healthy functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin B5 is needed for the correct functioning of the adrenal glands and the production of some hormones and erve regulating substances. Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 are essential for the regulation and correct functioning of the entire nervous system including brain function. Vitamin B9 is essential to prevent neural tube defects to the foetus during pregnancy. A deficiency in any of the Vitamin B complex vitamins can lead to feeling stressed, anxious and depressed.

3. Good Digestion

The Vitamin B Complex is essential for correct digestion, production of HCl (Hydrochloric acid) and to assist in the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Especially vital for good digestion are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6. A deficiency in any of these B Vitamins can lead to impaired digestion and deficiency of essential nutrients.

4.Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails

The Vitamin B Complex is essential for correct RNA and DNA synthesis and cell reproduction. As our Skin, Hair and Nails are constantly growing and renewing themselves we need the following B vitamins to ensure the good health of these structures – Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12, Biotin and Choline. Deficiencies of any of these B Vitamins can lead to dry, grey skin, dermatitis, wrinkles, rashes, acne, falling hair and weak, splitting nails.

5. Synergy

The B Vitamins work so closely with one other that a deficiency in any one B Vitamin can lead to poor functioning of any or all of the others even if they are in good supply. Always take the B Vitamins in a Complex and then top up with any individual Vitamin B, if needed.

Extra Tip

B Vitamins are water-soluble which means any excess will be excreted through the urine. This also means that B Vitamins need to be taken on a daily basis, as the only one we can store is Vitamin B12. Taking a high dose Vitamin B Complex (50mg – 100mg) daily can turn urine a bright fluorescent, this is perfectly safe and normal so don’t be alarmed!

Lecithin granules

Lecithin is manufactured in the body and widely found in many animals and plant-based foods, this includes eggs, liver, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat germ. Lecithin is often used as an additive in such processed foods as ice cream, margarine, and salad dressings, because it helps blend (or emulsify) fats with water.

What Does Lecithin Do?

It may help to maintain a healthy nervous system, healthy gallbladder and digestive system.

Can it help with high cholesterol?

Lecithin attracts fats and lipids in the bloodstream, which helps keep cholesterol from accumulating in the arteries. This can reduce cholesterol and the associated risks.

Can it help with Weight Loss?

Manufacturers of lecithin granules claim that lecithin is beneficial to weight loss and weight management. They claim that lecithin keeps fats and lipids from dissolving in the body, allowing them to be passed through the body. While lecithin may work to reduce cholesterol in this manner, there is no evidence for weight loss of already stored fat caused by lecithin. Lecithin is not able to dissolve fat that is already stored in the body.

When buying lecithin, choose granules not capsules and ensure the label says 97% – 100% pure.