B Vitamins: More Valuable than You Think

In Blog by Amanda Chong

B vitamins have many important functions and are vital for maintaining good health. They are essential for the metabolism of every cell of the human body. They help to support the adrenal glands and nervous system, keep you energized, prevent fatigue, improve concentration and mental health, and are critical for combating stress. These qualities make B vitamins essential for today’s fast-paced lifestyle.

Our body does not create B vitamins, we need to get them through our daily diet. In addition, we must replenish them daily because B vitamins are water-soluble, which means our body does not store them.

Not all types of B vitamins do the same thing and different types of B vitamins come from different types of foods. Vitamin B-12, for example, is found primarily in meat and dairy products. On the other hand, B-7, B-9, and to some degree, B-1 and B-2, are found primarily in fruits and vegetables.

Deficiencies of any of these can lead to health problems. Depending on which B vitamin you’re lacking, symptoms of a deficiency can range from fatigue, mental confusion in the elderly, dementia, depression, anaemia, a compromised immune system, to skin rashes, and more.

Although B vitamins are found in a wide variety of foods, external factors like stress, age, pregnancy, use of medication and alcohol can increase the body’s demands for B vitamins. Additionally, certain health conditions can result in poor absorption of vitamin B.  In such circumstances, supplementing with B vitamins becomes necessary.

Taking a B-complex vitamin, which contains most of the significant B vitamins, may be one of the more effective alternatives to provide a wide spectrum of B vitamins which target nutritional gaps in the daily diet. It is a quick and convenient way to meet your body’s demands.

NewLifeTM’s Nature’s Gift Vitamin B Complex offers a perfect balance of all the B vitamins to fortify your body.  Here’s a rundown of what they are, what they do and why you need them.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) helps the body’s cells convert carbohydrates into energy.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is essential for growth and development, and for the production of red blood cells.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) supports healthy skin and nervous system.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) is essential for the metabolism of food.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) helps the body to break down protein and helps maintain healthy red blood cells, the nervous system and immune system.

Vitamin B7 (Biotin) is important for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates and in the production of hormones and cholesterol.

Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) is needed for the production of DNA. It supports pre-natal and women’s reproductive health.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) plays an important role in the body’s growth and development.

Inositol is required by the body to form healthy cells.

Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) is an antioxidant that helps to restore damage caused by free radicals.

Choline helps with brain and memory development.


Who will benefit from taking Vitamin B Complex?

  • Women during menstruation and pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • Elderly
  • Vegans and strict vegetarians
  • People who are anaemic
  • People who get tired often
  • People who are under stress
  • People who are restless
  • People with sleeping disorders
  • People with difficulty in concentration
  • People with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety
  • People with elevated levels of homocysteine (a risk factor for heart disease, associated with low levels of vitamins B6, B12, and folate)

Note: As B vitamins are water-soluble and are not retained in the body, it is normal that some of the B vitamins in supplements are not 100% utilized and are passed out in the urine. Thus, after taking a B vitamin supplement, you may find that your urine has a yellowish colour. This is normal and perfectly safe; and only occurs with vitamin B supplements that use natural ingredients.