Featured on bodyandsoul.com.au, posted on 12 September 2017. Interview with Naturopath Teresa Mitchell-Paterson
The vitamin B family is pretty big. There are eight types in all. If you're deficient in vitamin B, you may find that you're constantly tired, suffer from brain fog, or forgetfulness, have tummy troubles and an overall feeling of exhaustion and weakness.
You probably already know that Vitamin B is good for you, but do you know just how many ways it works its wonders? Let us count the ways.
- You'll look younger. Vitamin B6 is especially beneficial for helping you chill out and banish those worry lines.
- B-complex vitamins – found in bananas, wholemeal bread, beans, eggs and dairy products, also help to reduce stress levels. Stress is the number one cause of ageing and skin flare-ups.
- Taking vitamin B3 may help improve the elasticity of your skin and reduce wrinkles.
- Got a big day planned? Take some B3 to help boost your energy levels.
- If you've got a history of heart disease, stroke, or colon cancer in the family, make sure you include folic acid regularly in your diet.
- Pregnant or planning on it? Specially formulated neonatal supplements, which include B12, can help reduce the risk of birth defects, such as spina bifida.
- Vitamin B supplements are also encouraged for new mothers who are planning on breastfeeding; it may also help reduce hair loss post-pregnancy.
- If you're vegan or vegetarian add some vitamin 12 to your daily supplement routine or diet, to strengthen hair and nails.
- If you've been suffering from dry, brittle hair, this is a good indication you're lacking in vitamin B3.
- Cracks at the corner of your mouth are your body's way of telling you it needs some nutritional support. Amp up the vitamin B levels, particularly B2, 3, 6, and folate.
- Do you feel that familiar, but unwelcome, tingle on your mouth or lip? Cold sores may be an indication that you need more Bs.
- Has your manicure been ruined once again by brittle, or flaking nails? Strong healthy nails love biotin – vitamin B7 – which is found in eggs, peanuts, almonds, wheat bran, salmon, low-fat cheese, and avocados.
- If your diet is high in biotin, or you're taking it daily in supplement form, you'll also find that your hair growth speeds up, or that it begins looking healthy and shiny.
- It'll also help with hair loss, which can occur due to stress, pregnancy, or menopause.
- Dry skin can be unsightly, as well as painful. Riboflavin, (B2), may help smooth out those bumps.
- Dermatitis can be a worry – B3 can help heal irritated skin.
- Good levels of B vitamins can help give you a natural glow – nobody wants grey, tired-looking skin.
- Over-using the curling or straightening iron? B vitamins will help repair damaged hair follicles.
- Horror hair cut? Your hair may get a growth-boost from B vitamins.
- Take a look at your tongue. If it looks scalloped around the edges this could indicate a B vitamin deficiency.
- Vertical ridges on your nails may disappear after a regular intake of B vitamins.
- Your nails will look more impressive with white half moons, which need Be Vitamins to form.
- Alcohol can cause stress on your skin, as well as energy levels. Keep your B levels topped up (and not your glass!).
- Dehydrated skin? Vitamin B6 can help reduce skin sensitivity and dryness.
- Constantly look embarrassed? Vitamin B3 can help reduce redness and rosacea. It’s important to not self-diagnose.
Ask your health professional if a quality B-Vitamin supplement is right for you. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Teresa Mitchell-Paterson ADV DIP NAT, BHSc Complementary Medicine, MHSc Human Nutrition, has a clinical history in Integrative Naturopathy spanning over 20 years.
Link to article here: http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition-tips/25-benefits-of-b-vitamins-according-to-a-naturopath/news-story/cae25ae4da42c6aefcd53178ceaa0a03