A B-Vitamin Usually Means a B-Complex
You likely know the benefits of some singular B-vitamins. But did you know that when you hear the term “B-vitamin” it’s usually referencing a “B-Complex,” rather than a single B-vitamin like B12? A B-vitamin or a B-Complex refers to the eight different types of B-vitamins that are contained within one supplement, with each playing a slightly different role. Why consider a B-Complex over a single B-vitamin? No natural chemical reaction within your body does so in
isolation. The same theory applies to a B-Complex. Yes, taking a single B1, Biotin or B6 will undoubtedly help with the specific functions attributed to it, but B-vitamins rely on each other for optimum functioning and absorption. When you are consuming foods high in B-vitamins, the vitamins contained within your food are not isolated; they are combined. Taking a complex helps ensure that you are sufficiently replenishing all those water-soluble vitamins, not just one or two. The synergistic effect of taking a B-Complex can benefit heart health (B3, B6, folic acid). Whereas B1, B2, B3 and Biotin work together for energy production and B6, B12 and folic acid are required for cell division. Vitamin B1, B3 and B5 are necessary to breakdown simple carbs and metabolize food for energy. Research suggests that B2, B6, B9 and B12 work together for the prevention of migraines and that B6, B12 and folic acid can help reduce the symptoms of PMS.
Who Should Take a B-Complex?
Hopefully, the examples we provided have helped you see the importance of a B-Complex. So, the next time someone asks you if you are taking a B-Vitamin, you can say you are taking a B-Complex and you supplement it with an extra single vitamin, pending your specific needs. You may want to consider a B- Complex if you are Vegan or Vegetarian and not to worry, Mega Food Balanced B Complex is a vegan-sourced B-Complex and easy on the stomach. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant and you are not taking a prenatal vitamin that contains a B-Complex, then a vegan complex such as Mega
Foods Balanced B is the right choice. You should also consider a complex if you have IBS and other malabsorption health concerns because you are not able to get sufficient nutrients from the foods you eat. Older adults are more susceptible to deficiencies in many of the singular sources of B. If you are stressed or have anxiety and sleep disorders, you can benefit from the combined effects of this supplement. It is essential to take your B-Complex with a morning meal or a lunchtime meal to avoid the feeling of nausea that some people experience. Do not take your complex in the evening or at night. The energetic effects may keep you awake. Taking a B-Complex supplement can also turn urine bright yellow. This effect is temporary and harmless. Once the kidneys get rid of the extra water-soluble vitamins, the colour will return to normal. In most cases, a B-Complex will not interact with other medications, but some medicines can cause a vitamin B deficiency such as medications for blood pressure, antiseizure, certain cancer drugs, birth control pills, ulcerative colitis and some types of antibiotics.
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