What is vitamin B good for?


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Vitamin B comes in eight different forms, is water-soluble, helps the body with energy and red blood cell production, and it is a necessary vitamin for proper bodily function. The eight types of vitamin B are: thiamin (B1), riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12 with the most popular forms of vitamin B being vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.

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What is vitamin B good for?
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Thiamin (B1) works by taking the glucose in the body and converting it into energy. This helps with nerve function. Riboflavin works by increasing the health of a person's skin and eye vision. Niacin (B3) is an essential vitamin that helps with the nervous system, digestive system, skin health and converting carbohydrates and fat into energy for the body.

Pantothenic acid helps with red cell production, steroid hormone production and metabolizing carbohydrates and fats. Biotin (B7) is an amino acid metabolic stimulator and also enables fat synthesis and glycogen synthesis. However, taking too much biotin can cause high blood cholesterol, so consult with a doctor before taking it. Vitamin B12 is also known as cyanocobalamin and is known for stimulating mental ability by producing myelin around the nerve cells in the body in addition to red blood cell production.

Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine and builds immune function and steroid hormone production, and it is necessary for protein metabolic and carbohydrate metabolic activity. Folic acid (B9) helps create red blood cells, and it helps to move oxygen throughout the body. It is recommended for women who are pregnant or attempting to get pregnant because it also helps with healthy cell and fetus growth.

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