General Information about Vitamin B ComplexVitamin B complex is a name that applies to supplements that contain all vitamins from vitamin B group. Vitamin B complex enhances metabolism, improves nervous system, and skin.
At first, it was thought that vitamin B is one vitamin, but later it was found that vitamin B consists of eight vitamins that are chemically different and have various influence on the body.
Vitamin B is a vitamin that dissolves in water. Rich sources of vitamin B are banana, lentil, liver, liver oil, chili pepper, tuna fish, turkey and brewer’s yeast.
Vitamin B sustains the cell metabolism, keeps the tone of the skin, benefits nervous system and immune system as well as raise amount of red blood cells in the body since it intensifies cell growth and cell separation.
Vitamin B Deficiency
In case of vitamin B deficiency, number of conditions may occur such as beriberi, heart problems, amnesia, anemia, acne, depression, high blood pressure and others.
Lack of vitamin B can be result of eating low quality foods or certain maladies during pregnancy. Pregnant women have to take minimally 400 mg of vitamin B9 known as folic acid to prevent deficiency.
Vitamin B supplements aim to impede health problems caused by vitamin B shortage.
These supplements contain all vitamins B. Vitamins from vitamin B group are thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7) and folic acid (B9).
Vitamin B supplements are available in liquid form or as tablets and capsules.
Vitamins B1, B2 and B3 in combination are good for muscles, nervous system, tone of the skin, etc.
Vitamin B complex side effectsSide effects of vitamin B complex are present only in the case of immoderate usage. Problems that can occur due to excessive usage of any vitamin B are following:
1. Thiamine (B1) – insomnia, hypertension, skin hypersensitivity, heart palpitations, irritation and distress.
2. Riboflavin (B2) – anemia, fatigue, vomiting, hypotension and nausea.
3. Niacin (B3) – headache, skin itchiness, skin flushing, vomiting and nausea.
4. Pantothenic acid (B5) – joint pain, depression, dehydration, fatigue and edema.
5. Pyridoxine (B6) – finger numbness, weak muscle coordination, mood swings and depression.
6. Folic acid (B9) – kidney breakdown, appetite loss, nausea, vomiting and swelling.
7. Cyanocobalamin (B12) – anxiety and face and finger numbness.
Vitamin B complex shouldn’t be taken in pregnancy and while breastfeeding, in cases of stomach ulcer, diabetes and liver diseases, in combination with certain medications and if allergies to medications are present.