PRIMARY USES: Stress, Fatigue, Poor Diet, Nutritional Support, Toxic Lifestyle
B vitamins are water-soluble vitamins that are not stored well in the body. They must continuously be re-supplied either through diet or supplements. Microorganisms in the large intestine are also capable of supplying some of the B vitamins as long as healthy intestinal flora exists. B vitamins are grouped together and named B complex vitamins because they have similar coenzyme functions and are usually found together in foods.
Because a good amount of the typical American diet consists of heavily processed foods that are nutritionally depleted, many people are not getting the daily requirements of B vitamins. Refined flour products, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and stress can all deplete B vitamins from the body. It is therefore fairly easy to develop a deficiency of either one or more of the B vitamins. Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, irritability, nervousness, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite, sore or burning mouth or tongue, and cracks at the corners of the mouth. B vitamin deficiencies can also lower immune function and can cause anemia, constipation, neuritis, skin problems, acne, hair loss, early graying of the hair, increased serum cholesterol and weakness of the legs.
B vitamins function as coenzymes in the body and are catalysts for many biochemical reactions. They supply the body with energy by helping enzymes to
convert carbohydrates to glucose and they also assist in fat and protein metabolism.
B vitamins are indicated for both those who feel stressed out and those who feel weak and worn out. They are critical to the proper functioning of the nervous system and are capable of relaxing stressed out individuals and energizing worn out individuals. They are indicated in chronic fatigue and burn out symptoms.
B vitamins are required to keep skin, hair, nails and eyes healthy. They are also a part of the mucosal lining of the mouth and help keep bowels functioning normally by enhancing the muscle tone of the gastrointestinal tract.
B vitamins help in estrogen metabolism and the body relies on them when estrogen levels are increased. This is especially relevant for pregnant women, women who are taking birth control pills, and postmenopausal women on estrogen treatment. B vitamins can be helpful for women experiencing water retention, fatigue, mood swings, depression and loss of sex drive.
B vitamins are also important for cardiovascular and heart health. Specifically B-6 (Pyroxidine), B-1 2 (methylcobalamin) and folic acid are involved in reducing elevated homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid normally found in blood . Elevated homocysteine levels can increase one’s risk for cardiovascular disease. B complex should be part of every cardiac patient’s daily supplemental intake.
Overall, those who might benefit from B vitamin supplementation include pregnant or breast-feeding women, growing children and anyone leading a toxic lifestyle (i.e.those who smoke, use alcohol, use drugs and or have poor diets consisting of heavily processed foods and sugar). Also, individuals under high amounts of stress, those who have an illness or infection, those with cardiovascular issues and those taking prescription medications may require additional B vitamins. The elderly are also often deficient in B vitamins due to poor diets and impaired nutritional absorption in the gut. Common symptoms of B vitamin deficiencies in the elderly are fatigue, depression and cognitive impairment.
CONTRA·INDICATIONS AND CAUTIONS:
The body readily excretes excess B vitamins, making toxicity, even in large amounts, which is very uncommon. Some prescription medications can interfere with B vitamin absorption
COMPLIMENTARY FORMULAS & SINGLE HERBS:
Reishi Eleuthero Master (adaptogen formu la to for additional stress relief)
Digest Ease (to increase absorption of B vitamins)
Mental Master (if poor cognitive function)
Heart Formula or Cholesterlow (if cardiovascular problems exist)
B-12 (for additional nutritional support and energy)
DOSAGE: Place 30 drops daily under tongue and hold for 30 seconds or as directed by a health care professional. May be mixed with water or juice.