More so now than ever, I hear a lot of discussions and questions about Vitamin B. Usually, any topic related to Vitamin B revolves around ‘energy,’ but there is a lot more to this group of water soluble vitamins than just that. You read that right, Vitamin B is not one particular nutrient, it is actually a group of vitamins that are commonly referred to as Vitamin B Complex.
Because there are multiple different nutrients in this group, the roles Vitamin B play in the body vary greatly. To understand what B Vitamins do for our bodies, we need to look at the different components of the group individually.
B Vitamins and Their Roles
- Vitamin B6 – Protein Metabolism, Red Blood Cell Metabolism, Hemoglobin Production, Prevents Anemia
- Vitamin B12 – Nerve Cell Health, Red Blood Cell Health, Helps Make DNA
- Folic Acid – Prevents Anemia, May Help Prevent Cancer, May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s
- Thiamine – Converts Carbohydrates into Energy, Essential to Heart Functions, Essential to Muscle Function
- Niacin – Aids Digestive Systems, Promotes Healthy Skin, Helps Metabolism
- Biotin – Helps Metabolism, Breaks Down Carbohydrates, Breaks Down Proteins
- Riboflavin – Helps Red Blood Cell Production, Helps Release Energy from Carbohydrates
More Than Just Energy
As you can see, these vitamins do a lot more than just give our bodies energy. There are many functions that they aid with in our bodies, and serve a variety of purposes. This is not a comprehensive list of B Vitamin functions, so I definitely recommend taking a look at the National Institute of Health website, where you can find a lot more information.
So now you know that there is a lot more to Vitamin B than meets the eye. Just remember that Vitamin B is actually a group of Vitamins, and that collectively they help do a lot for our bodies and our health.