I’m sure you have heard a lot about the importance of this essential nutrient. There are eight B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12. Each one of these vitamins benefit you in a specific way and they are extremely important for your body. Here’s what each vitamin can do for you.
Vitamin B1: Thiamine
The first of the B vitamin family helps you make new cells and protects your immune system. Many refer to it as the “anti stress vitamin”. You can get this vitamin from spinach, peanuts, kale and whole grains.
Vitamin B2: Riboflavin
This vitamin is an antioxidant and helps prevent heart disease. It also helps with red cell production, which transports oxygen throughout the body. It has been known to prevent early aging. You can get this vitamin from almonds, yogurt, eggs and Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin B3: Niacin
Ever heard of the good cholesterol? This vitamin is all about boosting that. You can find this vitamin in green vegetables, red meat, yeast and beans.
Vitamin B5: Pantothenic Acid
This vitamin breaks down carbs and fats and can turn them into energy for your body. It helps with making your skin clear and it can reduce signs of aging. You can find this vitamin in meat, avocados, eggs and legumes.
Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine
This vitamin is another one that helps prevent heart disease because it regulates the amino acids. It has also been known to prevent your mood and help you have a normal sleeping pattern because of the hormones it helps to produce. You can find this vitamin in chicken, salmon, cheese, brown rice and carrots.
Vitamin B7: Biotin
Called the “beauty vitamin” because it helps with the healthy growth of your hair, skin and nails. It is also necessary to have this vitamin during pregnancy for the baby’s proper growth. You can find this vitamin in fish, potatoes, chicken, egg yolks and nuts.
Vitamin B9: Folate
This vitamin, called Folic Acid is another one that is important for women during pregnancy as it helps with the growth of the baby. It is also known to help reduce depression and prevent memory loss. You can find this vitamin in root vegetables, milk, asparagus and dark greens.
Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
This vitamin helps produce red blood cells along with vitamin B9. It is mostly found in meat products, therefore vegetarians may not get as much as a person who eats meat. You can find this vitamin in fish, shellfish, beef, pork and eggs.
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