Every now and then, I receive phone calls from clients asking for vitamin B complex injection. It has not been available for awhile and what would be the optimal alternative? Let’s first look at what does vitamin B do in our body. B complex consists of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12.
B1 (thiamine) helps to strengthen immune system and helps our body withstand stress.
B2 (riboflavin) protects body cells from oxidative damage and helps to maintain healthy mucous membrane (e.g. lining of the mouth)
B3 (niacin) is needed in repairing DNA, energy production, and steroid hormone production in the adrenal gland. It helps to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol in therapeutic dose.
B5 is responsible for releasing energy from sugar, starch and fats. It also helps to support our adrenal glands (sits on top of our kidneys responsible for producing cortisol- hormone responds to stress)
B6 (pyridoxine) is essential for healthy nerve function, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and amino acids.
B7 (biotin) is important for cell growth and maintaining healthy nails and hair
B9 (folic acid) is responsible for red blood cells production and normal development of fetus’s nervous system. Deficiency can cause neural tube defect (fetal spinal column doesn’t close completely)
B12 is important for red blood cells production, nerve health and metabolism of carbs and fat.
All b vitamins help in the metabolism process, converting food to glucose to provide the fuel of our body, and metabolism of fat and carbs.
Our clinical team suggests Vitaaid Bio-B complete as an oral alternative to injectable form of B complex. It is a combination of all essential B vitamins and lipotropic agents designed to support healthy metabolism and body’s energy production. They are in optimal ratios of stable and active forms readily usable by our body. This helps to achieve maximal bioavailability of the supplement.
While for those who are under more stressful lifestyle, Vitaaid Bio-B5 Forte would be an ideal choice. It is also a B complex with an optimal amount of B5 formulated to specifically designed to restore body’s depleted energy, support the adrenal function (adrenal gland sits on top of our kidney that releases ‘stress hormone’) and increase the body’s ability to cope with stress.
Sublingual B complex is also an alternative to those who have trouble swallowing .