What are B vitamins?
There are actually 8 types of B vitamins, each has a specialized function. They are:
...pantothenic acid (B5)
How do they contribute to your health?
B vitamins help you to metabolize sugars, gives you a “healthy” energy, and contributes to healthy nerves and hair, and is an aid in weight loss by reducing hunger and increasing metabolism.
A slight lack of vitamin B can cause moodiness, headaches, and depression. A severe lack of vitamin B has been associated with emotional and psychological disorders.
Here are some signs and symptoms you may need vitamin B.
Dizziness, foggy and light headed
Moodiness, depression, and forgetfulness
Hair loss (non-genetic)
How much do you need?
While there is a minimum recommended daily allowance (RDA), here is why you may need extra vitamin B.
Vitamin B is a water-soluble vitamin. That means you cannot store it in your body, so it needs to be replaced on a regular basis.
There are certain life-style habits that increase our need for B vitamins.
Stress, white refined sugar, alcohol, and certain medications (especially birth control pills) can increase the need for more vitamin B!
How to get B vitamins
Here are some food sources of vitamin B: whole grains, eggs, beef, chicken, fish (salmon), avocado, leafy greens, seeds, and beans.
What supplements should you take?
Most people do not get all the nutrition in the foods they eat, so taking supplements has become a great option. But not all vitamins are the same! Some are made with artificial ingredients and may not have the research behind them. Shaklee has research that shows quality of ingredients and assurance that their supplements work!
Some people take isolated vitamins such as B6 or B12 supplements because they are looking to help with certain functions. However, many people - such as myself - feel that when you eat natural foods you will find a variety of all the B’s together. So instead of an isolated B vitamin supplement, look for a balanced “B Complex.”
B vitamins are usually included in a multi-vitamin. But read their labels. There are some multi-vitamins on the market that may not disclose that they have opted to not include some B vitamins. In particular is Biotin, which is an expensive B supplement, is often left out or only a small percentage is included. Read your labels to make sure all 8 B vitamins are included and are in balance.
Because Shaklee vitamins are formulated based on natural ingredients, B vitamins are included and are in balance in their multi-vitamin.
Shaklee also provides a B-complex option. Shaklee does not isolate the different B vitamins, but instead has a B Complex with all the B’s in balance as they are in nature. With Shaklee, you can count on the ingredients to be natural and organic, never synthetic.
Two things to be aware of when you take B-complex:
Expect your urine to be more yellow. This means your body is getting enough vitamin B. If it is a bright color over a few days, then you may want to cut back on the amount of extra B you are taking. But don’t hesitate to add some back if you are feeling fatigued or the other symptoms indicated above. Even if you have days when you don’t need all the vitamin B you have taken, you can feel assured with Shaklee that since there are no additives or synthetics, it is always safe.
The second important thing to know, it is best to take B complex early during the day, not late afternoon or evening as it may keep you awake when you need to sleep.
Shaklee’s B-complex has been one of those products that had a major influence on my emotional health and energy. At one time I had a lot of fatigue and dealt with some strong hormonal reactions. I used to take 2-4 extra B Complex a day. However, now that I am feeling healthy and energetic, most days I only take the Vitalizer strip which has Vita Lea multi-vitamin and extra vitamin B in it. Then I monitor how I feel and may take another B complex with lunch. This is one supplement I do not let myself run out of!
As we always recommend, give the B complex a try for 30 days and see for yourself if it will make a difference in your health and energy!