Benefits of B Vitamins—Orlando–Winter Park
The B-complex vitamins consist many great nutrients that play a fundamental role in helping one achieve optimal health. For example, we need vitamin B-1 to break down carbs, B-3 to help maintain normal cholesterol, B-6 to calm the mood and B-12 to stay mentally sharp. Folic acid helps to maintain healthy gene activity, and also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The B-complex vitamins include Thiamine -B1, Rioboflavin -B2, Niacin – B3, Cyanocobalamin – B12, Biotin, Choline, Folic Acid, Pantothentic Acid, and Para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA). In addition, inositol is often considered a B vitamin.
These vitamins work in many ways, some function at the most basic level of our biology by influencing the activity of our genes. Other B vitamins work at a nongenetic biochemical level, such as helping to make neurotransmitters, which control our mood, or by helping to regulate our blood sugar levels or specific risk factors for heart disease.
They also help with gene regulation. It has been reported that we need about 1/70,000 of an ounce of folic acid each day to maintain health. Yet, our body uses this tiny amount to synthesize new genes and cells, for example, during periods of growth and healing. Folic acid also helps to repair damaged genes, which slows the aging process, and is needed to make chemical compounds called methyl groups (CH3), which help regulate gene activity, by suppressing cancer-promoting genes.
Low levels of folic acid, and sometimes low B6 and B12 can lead to increases in blood levels of homocysteine, a chemical that can damage the blood vessel walls which can lead to plaque formation and deposits. A recent study at the University of Southern California gave subjects high-dose of B-complex vitamins or a placebo daily for 3 years. those taking the vitamins had a significantly less thickening of their blood vessel walls.
It has been known since the 1940’s that the B vitamins have been proven to help with stress and calming ones mood. They can have a direct effect on mood and perception. B1 supplements improve overall mood; high dose of vitamin B3 in combination with vitamin C, have been used successfully to treat recent onset of schizophrenia. Vitamin B6 is required to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that has antidepressant benefits.
Normal blood sugar levels can be controlled and maintained by taking Biotin and vitamin B1. Our bodies need biotin to make insulin, our hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Biotin also regulates the genes involved in the metabolism of glucose, amino acids, and fatty acids. Large amounts of biotin can help lower triglyceride levels, and a combination of biotin with chromium picolinate has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. Vitamin B1 100mg 3x a day has been shown to lower levels of microalbumins (protein in urine) in people with type 2 diabetes.
There is approximately 1/3 of seniors that suffer form atrophic gastritis, a condition that interferes with vitamin B12 absorption. Studies show that a B12 deficiency can mimic Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. In such cases, taking B12 can help to restore cognitive function. Other B-complex vitamins like niacin and folic acid may also be helpful in combination with B12.
Know that large amounts of B2 will turn the urine bright yellow, without any side effects. Large amounts of B6 if taken late at night may stimulate vivid dream activity.
A study in 2009 published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that large supplemental amounts of B-complex vitamins led to a 35% percent lower incidence of age-related macular degeneration in women over the course of seven years.
At Four Seasons Acupuncture we offer a holistic approach to healing. Acupuncture Injection Therapy that includes B12, B6, and other homeopathic remedies. Call today to see how we can help you. We service the residents of Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Lake Mary. 321-662-4871.