B Vitamins – The Natural Remedy for Stress and Fatigue

B vitamins are the catalytic spark plugs of the human body. They function as catalysts in many biochemical reactions that are essential to health.
As a group, they are named the B complex vitamins because they are found together in nature and are often needed together to perform best.
The best food source of B vitamins is brewer’s yeast. B’s are also found in the germ and bran of cereal grains and also in beans, peas, nuts, liver, eggs and dairy products.
B vitamins are all water soluble and are not stored very well in the body. Deficiencies of the B’s occur fairly easily, particularly if the diet contains substantial amounts of refined and processed food, sugar or alcohol.
B vitamins are also produced by the healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. Any digestive upset such as food poisoning, diarrhea, or constipation signifies that B vitamin production is off. Antibiotics also kill this health promoting bacteria. Taking a probiotic supplement helps to replace this bacteria, thereby restoring B vitamin production.
The B vitamins are known for promoting proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. They help bring relaxation and energy to those who are stressed out and fatigued. B vitamins are also important to the health of the skin, hair, eyes and liver.
The well known B vitamins include B1, or thiamine which is essential for proper digestion and nerve function. Major indicators of deficiency include irritability, depression, apathy, and burning or tingling in the soles of the feet.
B2 is also known as riboflavin. It is important for energy. Symptoms of deficiency include eye problems, bloodshot eyes, cracks in the corners of the mouth, and dermatitis.
B3 is niacin. Niacin helps lower cholesterol and improve blood flow through the capillaries. Extreme redness and roughness of the skin is one of the first signs of niacin deficiency. Other symptoms of deficiency include canker sores, indigestion, weakness, memory loss and anxiety.
B5 is pantothenic acid and is closely associated with the function of the adrenal cortex. Symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, hypoglycemia, and increased allergy symptoms.
B6 is pyridoxine. B6 has a multitude of functions. It is especially important in the function of the central nervous system. Symptoms of deficiency include tremors, skin diseases, carpal tunnel syndrome, motion sickness, tendency towards fainting and arteriosclerosis. B6 is also very helpful in women for symptoms of fluctuating hormone levels.
Folic acid is B9. It is very closely linked to B12 or cobalamin. Both are important to energy and an overall feeling of wellbeing. Symptoms of deficiency include anemia, fatigue, general weakness, nerve problems and difficulty with muscular coordination.
There are several minor B vitamins. These include biotin, choline, PABA, and inositol.
While there are many B vitamins, only certain ones have been deemed essential to human health. Taking food source B vitamins and/or eating whole foods rich in B vitamins will assure complete B supplementation to help fill in the gaps not currently known or understood by our current level of science.

B vitamin deficiencies are rampant.  Most people have impaired ability to make and/or utilize their B’s.  It’s my #1 recommendation for stress, ADHD, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, etc.  Of course I stock many different formulations because different people have  problems with different parts of the B spectrum.  If you have questions, send me a note.


About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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One Response to B Vitamins – The Natural Remedy for Stress and Fatigue

  1. If people would just do a little more diligent search, they would find out that nature has the answers to almost all of what ail us. When you consider the outrageous prices of prescription drugs, and their horrible side effects, this search becomes even more important,
    Brewer’s yeast-B vitamins, several amino-acids, iron, copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, calcium, RNA/DNA etc.
    Black strap Molasses-a highly alkalizing food-rich in iron, potassium, calcium .
    And all these in organic form to boot, not isolates.
    There are thousands of these natural products, but you won’t know this by watching the evening news.
    And to add joy to joy, these natural products are so cheap. So cheap, in fact, that big pharma is trying to put some of them under prescription, as the European Union had done with some supplements and herbs.
    Why? Fear of competition and desire for monopoly. Monopoly spells big profits.
    There are so many of these natural products, that there is no need for the thousands of man made chemicals out there

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