EACH OF THESE VITAMINS
HAVE BEEN ISOLATED AND ARE PART OF THE CHAIN OF 17 B-VITAMINS.
You are only as healthy
as your cells - the core of your body’s make-up. Fortunately help
is at hand through a rapidly expanding group of natural vitamins called
the B-group vitamins. The B-group of vitamins is a collection of essential
nutrients, which work in closely related ways in the body.
All of the B-group complex family are water-soluble and easily lost through
cooking, refining and food processing. As rice (particularly brown rice)
is a concentrated source of natural B-complex, you should save and use
the cooking water rather than throw it away. The B-group vitamins occur
in different forms. They are found in food sources such as vegetables
and animal foods, vegetable proteins, Brewers yeast, Torula yeast and
also in wholegrain cereals.
are vital for converting carbohydrates into glucose and food into energy.
They are also vital for the working of the central nervous system and
are recommended for those working under pressure. When the body has a
deficiency in B-vitamins, carbohydrates do not burn fully, but rather
produce ‘smoke’ so to speak. The symptoms are nervousness,
constipation, fatigue and indigestion.
Many of the B-group
vitamins are concerned with various processes in the liver, eyes, skin
B vitamins have many
functions, which include helping to offset the damaging effects of chronic
and acute stress, allergies, chronic fatigue, lowering of Cysteine levels,
preventing Atherosclerosis and assisting the immune system.
the B-vitamins in raw vegetables readily dissolve once they are cooked
or even soaked in water.
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When you are stressed,
your body burns up a considerable amount of vitamin B. In such times,
your body requires vitamin B supplementation.
- B-group vitamins
are helpful in strengthening the nervous system
- Eating foods
rich in or supplementing with B vitamins (such as individualized B vitamins,
Liver or Torula Yeast) can help people under physical or emotional stress
- The B vitamins
can prove most beneficial for individuals with weak digestion, poor
appetite, constipation, fatigue, anaemia and migraines
- Certain B vitamins
can prevent hair from turning grey
SUPPLEMENT WITH B VITAMINS?
Anyone who is not eating a healthy balanced diet or shows any of the general
symptoms of stress may benefit from supplementing with a B-complex or
Individualised B vitamins.
• Loss of appetite
• Lack of concentration
• Weight loss
• Recurrent colds and flu
• Other infections
• Weak digestion
• Poor appetite
individualized B vitamins are essential for stress recovery and immune
function strengthening. They are ideal for those who are very busy, stressed
or facing many demanding and challenging tasks.
1 - 2 tablets, 2 to 3 times a day, 20 minutes after meals.
FUNCTIONS OF COMPONENTS OF THE INDIVIDUALISED B VITAMINS
Vitamin B1 must be replaced daily. B vitamins are synergistic - they are
more potent when used with other B vitamins than when used on their own.
Vitamin B1, B2 and B6 intake should be equally balanced to work optimally.
When the formula contains anti-stress Pantothenic acid (B5), Folic Acid
and vitamin B12, it works even more effectively. The need for B1 increases
during illness, stress and surgery. It is known as the morale booster
vitamin because of its beneficial effects on the nervous system and mental
attitude. B1 also has a mild diuretic effect.
What it can
do for you:
- Promotes growth
and aids digestion (especially the metabolism of carbohydrates)
- Improves mental
attitude and keeps the nervous system, muscles and heart functioning
- Helps motion
- Relieves dental
and post operative pain
- Aids in the treatment
of Herpes Zoster
If you are a smoker, drinker or heavy sugar consumer, you will need more
vitamin B1. Pregnancy, breast-feeding or being on the pill also increases
your need for this vitamin.
Vitamin B2 (also known as vitamin G) is easily absorbed by the body, but
needs to be replaced regularly through foods or supplements. The amount
excreted depends on bodily requirements and may be accompanied by protein
loss. B2 is the most common vitamin deficiency. Unlike vitamin B1, vitamin
B2 is not destroyed by heat, oxidation, or acid.
What it can do for you:
- Promotes healthy
skin, nails and hair
- Helps to eliminate
sore mouth, lips and tongue
- Aids in growth
- Benefits vision
and prevents eye fatigue
- Functions together
with other B-complex to metabolise fat, proteins and carbohydrates and
thereby helps to release energy from foods
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or on the pill, you have an increased
requirement for this vitamin. If you eat very little red meat or dairy
products, you should increase your daily intake. There is a strong likelihood
of deficiency of this vitamin if you are on a prolonged restricted diet
or have ulcers or diabetes. All stress conditions require an additional
B-complex intake. Your needs are also increased after burn wounds.
This vitamin is essential for conversion of fat and sugar into energy.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and vitamin B12
(Cobalamin) elevate the antibody responses and thereby lower allergies.
B5 is vital for the proper functioning of adrenal glands, which help to
“key” your body to an appropriate stress response posture.
Vitamin B5 is necessary for the synthesis of antibodies and for the utilisation
of PABA and Choline. Additional nutrients known to stimulate the immune
system and to counteract yeast include: vitamin B3 (Niacin/Nicotinamide),
vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Choline and Inositol.
What it can
do for you:
- Helps in cell
building and in maintaining normal central nervous system growth and
- Aids in the healing
- Fights infection
by building antibodies
- Treats postoperative
- Prevents fatigue
- Reduces the adverse
and toxic effects of many antibiotics
If you frequently experience tingling in your hands and feet, try increasing
your Pantothenic Acid intake in combination with other B vitamins. Pantothenic
Acid can provide a defense against a stress situation that you foresee
or in which you are involved. A daily dosage of 1,000mg has been found
to be effective in reducing the pain in certain cases of Arthritis.
Biotin is required for the synthesis of ascorbic acid. It is essential
for the normal metabolism of fat and protein. Biotin is a B vitamin and
works synergistically with vitamins A, B2, B3 and B6 in maintaining a
healthy skin. Biotin is usually measured in micrograms (mcg). Biotin can
be synthesised by intestinal bacteria. Raw eggs prevent the absorption
of Biotin in the body.
What it can
do for you:
- Biotin can help
prevent conversion of the yeast form of Candida to its fungal form
- Under ideal conditions,
the friendly bacteria in the intestines manufacture biotin
- Over time a deficiency
may arise from the average person’s exposure to antibiotics, particularly
- Biological deficiencies
of biotin reduce human production of antibodies, resulting in reduced
resistance to disease
- A biotin deficiency
lowers your resistance to stress, diminishes your reproductive ability
and increases cholesterol synthesis
- Biotin crushed
and mixed with olive oil (a source of oleic acid) seems to help prevent
the conversion of proliferating yeast to the Mycelia form of spreading
and penetrating fungus
- Helps prevent
hair turning grey and can be used as a preventative treatment for hair
- Eases muscular
- Alleviates Eczema
- Helps to keep
Candida under control
- Reduces stress
6 tablets crushed and mixed with a ¼ tsp of Olive Oil, on an empty
stomach after you have drunk hot water. Continue for three months and
thereafter take 3 tablets in the same manner as above.
You will probably need to supplement with Biotin if you often drink eggnog
made with raw eggs. If you are on antibiotics or sulphur drugs, be sure
to get at least 25mcg daily. Balding men might find that a biotin supplement
may keep their hair there for longer.
VITAMIN B15 (Pangamic
Vitamin B15 is an antioxidant and the antioxidant action is often improved
when taken together with vitamins A and E.
What it can
do for you:
- Extends cell
- Neutralises the
craving for liquor
- Wards off hangovers
- Speeds recovery
- Lowers blood
- Protects against
- Aids in protein
- Relieves symptoms
of Angina and Asthma
- Protects the
liver against Cirrhosis
- Stimulates immunity
Most diets would benefit from B15 supplementation, especially residents
of big cities and high-density pollution areas. If you are an athlete
(or just want to feel like one) take 50mg in the morning after breakfast
and another 50mg after supper.
PABA helps form folic acid and is important in the utilisation of protein.
PABA can be synthesised in the body, but no RDA has yet been established.
It has important sun-screening properties.
What it can
do for you:
- Used as an ointment,
it can protect against sunburn
- Reduces the pain
- Keeps the skin
healthy and smooth and can delay wrinkles
- PABA helps in
the assimilation (and therefore the effectiveness) of Pantothenic acid
(B5) in restoring the natural colour to your hair
Some people claim that the combining folic acid and PABA with vitamin
B5 has returned their greying hair to its natural colour. It has worked
on animals, so it is certainly worth trying for anyone looking for a natural
alternative to hair dye. For this purpose a viable regimen would be to
take 1,000mg (time release) daily for six days a week. If you tend to
burn easily in the sun, use PABA as a protective ointment. Many Hollywood
celebrities use PABA to prevent wrinkles. It doesn’t totally remove
wrinkles, but it certainly seems to soften them and keep them at bay.
If you are taking penicillin or any sulphur drug, your PABA intake should
be increased through natural foods or supplementation.