It is slowly becoming a trend to go to your licensed professional and taking in vitamins straight into your bloodstream, even if you’re perfectly healthy. Each infusion is a potent cocktail of rejuvenating vitamins and minerals that your body can use but do you know how these vitamins in your infusion works to help you? One family of vitamins called B vitamins, are considered the workhorse of the vitamin family and help you improve your health.
What are B Vitamins?
B Vitamins are an essential part of any person’s vitamin intake. All B Vitamins have one common function and that is to release energy and to regulate our metabolism.This means that lacking any of the B Vitamins can lead to various illnesses like heart disease, a weakened immune system, depression and anemia. There are 8 different B vitamins. These B vitamins are known as:
Thiamine is known to help in the healthy growth and maintenance of all your organs. Thiamine deficiency is quite uncommon in the modern world as most food contains this essential vitamin. Most people suffering through thiamine deficiency usually have an underlying illness like Crohn’s disease and anorexia.
Riboflavin helps in the healthy production of red blood cells that your body needs to transport nutrients and oxygen to various parts of your body. It also helps regulate your body’s energy as it helps in the production of adenosine triphosphate which can be considered as the body’s emergency energy stores.
Niacin targets LDL or bad cholesterol in the body and helps break it down to lower your risk of heart disease while promoting the growth of HDL or good cholesterol. Niacin also helps your liver by helping produce hormones that clean your liver of harmful chemicals.
Pantothenic Acid(Vitamin B5)
Pantothenic Acid helps your body properly synthesize or metabolize carbohydrates, protein, fat and lipids. This means that a deficiency in this B vitamin will lead to lower energy and even depression.
Pyridoxine is the neurosurgeon of the B vitamins as it has been used to treat peripheral neuropathy. Other than acting as a treatment to peripheral neuropathy it also helps in Riboflavin in the production of red blood cells.
You may have heard of biotin being promoted by cosmetics companies in their skin cream products or supplements. They had the right idea including it in their products as Biotin is essential to have healthy hair, skin and nails. It also helps several enzymes in the body to metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fat like Pantothenic Acid.
Folic Acid and Folate(Vitamin B9)
Folic acid and Folate are two different forms of vitamin B9 and both have the same function in the body. The body naturally produces Folate while Folic acid is synthetic and has to be taken in either through food or supplements. Both forms of vitamin B9 are used to prevent birth defects in unborn children and to prevent cancer.
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Cobalamin is used to help your body synthesize tissues and to create new red blood cells similar to Riboflavin. It also helps prevent degenerative diseases like Macular Degeneration and Osteoporosis.
Each B vitamin has its own uses other than regulating your metabolism. Some break down fat and others promote the healthy growth of stem cells used to repair and replace damaged cells in your organs. B vitamins are essential in the proper functioning of the body and you should always make it a point to eat healthily to meet your B vitamin needs. Another option is to take your B vitamins through supplements or through an IV infusion at our clinic.