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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is essential for our body to function properly and a deficiency can cause serious health problems. This is not one vitamin, but it actually consists of eight different types of vitamins B, each playing their own role in our system:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (niacin and nicotinamide)
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine)
Vitamin B7 (biotin), also known as vitamin H
Vitamin B9 (folic acid), also known as vitamin M
Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)

B vitamins help convert food to energy and promote healthy skin, hair, muscles and brain function.

Top sources include mushrooms, legumes, oats, beans, and green leafy vegetables. However, vitamin B12 is only found in animal sources (e.g. clams, oysters, sardines, and salmon) or fortified products and is often lacking in a strict vegetarian diet.

Vitamin B6 helps with protein metabolism, red blood cell formation, DNA repair, and nervous and immune system function. Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to heart disease and stroke.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.

They support and increase the rate with which our metabolism works, they see to healthy skin and tone our muscles, increase the function of our immune and nervous system, they also increase cell growth and cell division and reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Many B vitamins must be replenished on a daily basis because any excess is excreted in the urine. Good sources of B intake are: meat, potatoes, bananas, lentils, chile peppers, tempeh, beans, liver oil, liver, turkey, tuna, nutritional yeast, brewer's yeast, molasses, Marmite, Vegemite and several energy drinks.

In case you have Diabetes, you better beware of the energy drinks; they are often loaded with sugars. They may solve your vitamin B problem, but can aggravate another one instead.

We have to be aware of what we do and say; it may solve a current problem, but can cause or aggravate another problem instead. Sometimes it is better to take the time and consider before taking action in word or deed and if you don't know what to do: ask God!

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.


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