The B Group:
- Thiamine (B1)
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Niacin (B3)
- Pantothenic acid (B5)
- Pyridoxine (B6)
- Para-aminobenzoic acid
- Cyanocobalamin (B12)
- Folic acid
B Vitamins perform the following: (1)
- Glucose metabolism
- Inactivation of estrogen by the liver
- Stabilization of brain chemistry
- Used in thyroid function
- Can help to relieve leg cramps
Symptoms of low B vitamins: (2)
- Sugar cravings
- Changes in appetite
- Reduced immune system
- Impaired metabolism of medications
We are going to go over all of these B's in depth in the next series of posts. First up, vitamin B1 - Thiamine.
1. Chan, P., et al., "Randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the safety and efficacy of vitamin B complex in the treatment of nocturnal leg cramps in elderly patients with hypertension," Journ Clin Pharm 1998; 38(12):1151-4.
2. Ibid., Bland, Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, p. 101.