WOMEN’S HEALTH: Vitamin B Complex Deficiencies Have an Adverse Effect on Your Health

wh-article-1.jpgMany ‘female’ complaints can be traced back to B complex deficiencies, and through multiple generations, with lingering effects if not handled.

All vitamins are either fat-soluble — stored in the fatty tissues for a period of time, or water-soluble, which means they have to be replenished frequently. The B vitamins are water-soluble, which means you need to get enough of these vital substances to maintain your woman’s healthy body and frame of mind.

Vitamin B complex is actually a number of vitamins that work together. Each B vitamin plays a vital role in a woman’s health, throughout life, and across generations.

The B vites include:

• Vitamin B1 (thiamine)

• Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

• Vitamin B3 (niacin)

• Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

• Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

• Biotin

• Choline

• Folic acid

• Pantothenic acid

If you eat food that is not over-cooked or over-processed, you have a chance of getting sufficient nutrients. The Bs can be found naturally in yeast, liver, eggs, and some vegetables, especially green leafy ones, such as spinach or kale.

But most people today don’t have a consistent good diet, so vitamin supplements make up the difference. Processed foods, caffeine, sugars and other refined carbohydrates actually deplete the body of B vitamins.

Women especially need to be alert to the effects of B deficiencies.

Vitamin B Alerts and ‘Female’ Complaints

Each B vitamin deficiency has certain effects, and many of these can be linked to common female health complaints.

A deficiency in vitamin B1, or thiamin, causes fatigue and irritability. Too many women who experience this blame it on hormones. Although hormones can be an influence, especially in the menopausal, pregnant, post-partum, or pre-menstrual woman, a lack of vitamin B1 can intensify the problem. Remember the controversy when Tom Cruise told Brooke Shields to take vitamins instead of psychiatric medications for her post-partum depression? This is what he was referring to.

A diet high in white flour and sugar can cause thiamin deficiency. It is no coincidence that the worse our diets get, the more we hear about ‘depression.’

Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid work together to lower the risk of birth defects, cardiovascular disease, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that two babies with vegetarian mothers had deficiencies in essential B vitamins — a deficiency shared by their mothers. These babies had severe motor and language skill delays. Where the babies diets were supplemented, their skills improved somewhat, but an untreated B12 deficiency can lead to permanent nerve damage.

The connection between folic acid deficiency and increased risk for birth defects is well known. An adequate amount of folic acid in a pregnant mother’s diet can decrease the risk of serious defects such as spina bifida (deformity in the spinal cord) by up to 70%.

Choline is vital for the body’s production of a neurotransmitter (a chemical that carries messages between nerve cells and muscle cells) that affects memory, and for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) a hormone produced by the body that has a growing wealth of data to support its importance in anti-aging.

Where any woman’s diet is insufficient in vitamin B complex, her health can be adversely affected, but this can be easily turned around by daily intake of high-quality supplements.

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