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Vitamin B 101

Men's Fitness teams up with AskMen.com to bring you everything you need to know about vitamin B

The nutrient commonly referred to as "vitamin B" is actually a set of eight distinct water-soluble vitamins known as the "vitamin B complex." This complex plays a very important role in regulating the cellular metabolism in our bodies, thus, providing us with the energy needed to perform any type of physical activity.

Often, the different forms of vitamins that make up the vitamin B complex are found in the same foods, so you don't usually have to supplement your diet to compensate for B-vitamin deficiencies. As long as you eat a mixed diet you should be able to meet your needs without too much trouble.

Here is the information you need to know about B vitamins.

The health benefits of B vitamins
All the B vitamins are work together in order to support a healthy body system. Often, when you are lacking in one form of vitamin B, you will be lacking in others as well.

The different forms of vitamin B are:

  • Vitamin B1: Thiamine
  • Vitamin B2: Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B3: Niacin
  • Vitamin B5: Pantathoenic acid
  • Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine
  • Vitamin B7: Biotin
  • Vitamin B9: Folic acid
  • Vitamin B12: Cyanocobalamin

 

Together, these B vitamins work toward giving you the health benefits of an enhanced immune system, the promotion of proper nervous system functioning, the maintenance of the metabolic rate, and they increase the rate of cell growth and cell division in the body.

Read more and find out which foods are high in vitamin B on AskMen.com.

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