The top 6 supplements you should consider taking… #4

By on November 22, 2011 under Supplements

The #4 supplement you should consider taking is a B-Complex. If you need to get caught up, read the previous blogs about whether to take supplements, how to check quality, and the top 3 supplements. Connect with us on facebook or twitter to get the blog feeds and all kinds of other great health articles and quotes.

  • B-Complex includes the 8 known B-Vitamins: Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B7 (biotin), Vitamin B9 (folic acid), and Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
  • Foods rich in B-Vitamins include meat, eggs, dairy, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. B-12 is the one B-vitamin that is only obtained from animal sources including seafood, beef, eggs, and cheese.
  • B-Vitamins are important for brain health (mood, concentration, memory, and nerve function); heart health (prevention of coronary artery disease), production of blood cells, and metabolism (energy and weight control). B-Vitamins are also essential to the liver’s ability to cleanse the body of toxins, medications, and pollutants.
  • Deficiency of B-Vitamins is the 2nd most common deficiency that I see (Vitamin D is the most common).
  • It is important to take a good quality B-Complex. Most vitamin companies used cheap forms of B-vitamins. A quick way to check is to read the ingredients. If B-12 is “cyanocobalamin” and not “methylcobalamin“, it is the cheaper form To review the importance of vitamin quality, read this blog. A good quality over-the-counter B-Complex is Jarrow B-Right. A good pharmaceutical grade B-Complex is  Xymogen B-Activ.
  • Patients with fatigue, depression, anemia, or migraines should have their B-12 level checked.  I have had patients who were treated with chronic medications for these problems for years that were simply fixed by correcting the B-12 deficiency.

Stay tuned next week for the #5 supplement…