What is Vitamin B?
Vitamins come in two groups, fat soluble and water soluble vitamins. The group which includes Vitamin B are the water-soluble vitamins that are extremely important in cell metabolism. Initially, these vitamins (b vitamin complex) were grouped similar to single vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D or Vitamin E, however, later research revealed that that they are chemically independent vitamins. The common thread being that they are found in the same foods.
The term Vitamin B Complex is derived from vitamin supplements which contain all eight members. Each individual has the choice to receive all eight in vitamin supplement form or they can be referred to individually by name.
These are a group of eight individual vitamins, often referred to as the B-complex vitamins.
- B1 (thiamine)
- B2 (riboflavin)
- B3 (niacin or niacinamide)
- B5 (pantothenic acid)
- B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, or pyridoxamine, or pyridoxine hydrochloride)
- B7 (biotin)
- B9 (folic acid)
- B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)
What Does Vitamin B do?
Because Vitamin C and the B vitamins are water soluble they exit the human body via the urine. While they are stored in the liver they must be replenished on a regular basis.
It is essential to assist the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose is what provide the human body its energy. It also helps keep the nervous system functioning properly by breaking down the fats and proteins.
But there are additional areas these vitamins play an important role which include:
- Muscle tone in the stomach and intestinal tract
List of the foods high in vitamin b!
These complex vitamins can be found in a variety of foods. Foods rich in vitamin b include brewer’s yeast, liver, whole-grain cereals, rice, nuts, milk, eggs, meats, fish, fruits, leafy green vegetables and many other foods. These vitamin b rich foods play an important role in keeping our metabolism in balance.