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So fragile and So precious
Liable to cooking and preservation, the B vitamins are largely destroyed during food refining processes. In addition, there are many factors that increase the need (stress, smoking, excess alcohol and caffeine, oral contraception, etc.). It doesn’t surprise us that the B vitamins are as fragile as they are precious.
These vitamins are known to contribute significantly to the proper functioning of the nervous system, to the control of stress and to the memorization process. But their benefits don’t stop there! They are necessary for the health of the digestive tract and to keep the skin in good condition, to prevent and treat some forms of anemia, to the formation of nerves, to energy metabolism and to stimulating the immune system.
To this impressive list of properties are added the specific virtues of the different components of the large B family.
For example, vitamins B1 and B2 have an antioxidant (antiradical) action, B3 helps to keep the level of glucose in the blood under control.
B3, B6 and pantothenic acid can be useful in case of arthritis. Biotin strengthens nails and hair etc.
- mood drop
- mood swings
- difficulty concentrating
Have you got any of these symptoms? What if it’s a B vitamin deficiency?
Beware of shortcomings!
As it is easy to deduce, the symptoms potentially linked to a deficiency of B vitamins are very numerous: depression, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, learning and concentration difficulties, canker sores, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal swelling, decreased liver function, anemia, neuritis, fatigue, predisposition to infections, etc.
To prevent vitamin B deficiency, the best natural sources must be favored: brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, whole grains and derivatives (bread, pasta), dried and oil-bearing fruit, yogurt, eggs and possibly liver. If, on the other hand, the deficiency has already existed, then it is essential to resort to supplements.
Helen Charlotte is a health centre assistant three days per week and a Biologist Student who enjoys running listening to music and walking. She is brave and entertaining, and loves competitions.