Let's “B” Perfectly Frank! – Your Health Detective

Scientifically Speaking…

 According to an impressive 14-year study conducted in Japan, the following are the health benefits of specific “B” vitamins that you should know about:

  • When folate is high:
    • A man’s chance of a heart attack is cut in half.
    • A woman’s risk of heart attack drops by 43%.
    • A woman’s risk of stroke drops by more than a third.
  • When vitamin B6 is high:
    • A man’s chance of heart attack is reduced by over 60%.
    • A woman’s risk of heart attack drops by more than 50%.
    • A woman’s risk of stroke drops by more than a third.

Yes, eating red meat will get you vitamin B12, however, for those over the age of 50, supplemental “B” supplementation is recommended, and in my experience, absolutely necessary.

 Synchronicity Matters… 

Folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 work in synchronicity (together). They produce red blood cells, make nerves function, and reduce homocysteine levels. Studies show that vitamin B12 deficiency leads to dangerously high homocysteine, especially in vegetarians. Homocysteine is the amino acid that causes cardiovascular disease when levels are greatly elevated. 

Additionally, when homocysteine levels are elevated, you become a good candidate for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and a list of birth-related disorders.

Most vegetarians have very high homocysteine levels and are a high risk for a vitamin “B” deficiency. If you take medications such as antibiotics or birth control pills, your risk of vitamin B deficiency and high homocysteine literally skyrocket.

What EXACTLY is the Function of Bs?

The following chart should answer most of your questions regarding each vitamin B and their specific role. When you purchase a B complex, for example, it means all of the nutrients listed are included in one tablet as indicated below:

B Vitamin

Function

Sources

Vitamin B1
Thiamine
Circulation, blood support, brain supportOrgan meat, yeast, peas, pork, beans
Vitamin B2
Riboflavin
Healthy blood cells, antibodiesMeat, poultry, fish, nuts, kidney, liver, green vegetables
Vitamin B3
Niacin
Circulation health, nervous system support, skin healthLean meats, nuts, legumes and potatoes
Vitamin B5
Pantothenic Acid
Adrenal hormone support, antibodies, staminaEggs, pork, beef, fish, milk, and most fruits/vegetables
Vitamin B6
Pyridoxine
Brain/immune system support, mild diureticChicken, fish, kidney, liver, eggs, bananas, lima beans and walnuts
Vitamin B7
Biotin
Cell growth, metabolism of carbohydrates/fats/proteinsLiver, egg yolks, nuts, cauliflower, milk and legumes
Vitamin B8
Inositol
Hair, cholesterol supportHeart, fruit, milk, nuts, meat and vegetables
Vitamin B9
Folic Acid
Energy, red blood cells, immunityBeef, lamb, pork, chicken liver, eggs, green leafy vegetables and salmon
Vitamin B12
Cyanocobalamin
Nerve support, healthy digestion, cell supportLamb, beef, herring, mackerel, liver, oysters, poultry, clams and eggs

B…ing Proactive…

In order to protect your health from the risks listed in this article, eat foods high in folate, vitamin B6 and B12 every day. In addition, use a vitamin “B” supplement that is a balanced ratio of the entire Bs”. I use and recommend a B-100 tablet taken at least twice a day with meals for those over age 50, and a B-50 tablet taken at least twice a day for those under age 50. At times of accelerated stress, each dose listed should be increased to one tablet with each meal. Always take your “Bs” with food for better absorption.

Your Health Detective:

Uncovering Clues to Add LIFE to Your Years…NOT Merely Years to Your Life, Naturally

Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), D.A.Hom., Ph.D.,  D.S.C.,

EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist

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