What’s Best, Stand-Alone Vitamin B, or a B Complex?
“Vitamin B” was once thought to be a single nutrient that existed in extracts of rice, liver, or yeast.
However, researchers later discovered that these extracts contained several vitamins, which were given distinguishing numbers; e.g., B-1, B-12, etc. There are actually eight different B vitamins, and together they play an important role in keeping our bodies healthy while also greatly affecting moods.
Each B-complex vitamin has a fundamentally different purpose and a very distinct chemical structure from the others.
It might surprise you that B-Complex has been known to help with:
- Canker sores
- Sleep regulation
So if you are going to take a B vitamin supplement, it makes sense to choose a product with all eight vitamins, rather than an incomplete product.
Burt Berkson writes in his book, “User’s Guide to the B-Complex Vitamins,” that most adults could probably benefit from taking up to three times or more the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) of many of the B vitamins, as the RDA values were calculated more than sixty years ago.
The RDA’s original purpose was not to maximize health and nutrition, but to provide the minimum amounts necessary to avoid flagrant diseases of vitamin deficiency such as pellagra (niacin deficiency) and beriberi (thiamine deficiency).
Want to know more? Check out my article 11 Health Benefits of B Complex in my wellness center.