B-vitamins and iron

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps the body turn food into energy. It can also help the body fight infections. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need it to help their babies’ brains develop normally.

B6 can be found in fish, poultry, liver, potatoes, and non-citrus fruit.

Insufficient amounts of B6 can result in anemia as well as skin disorders, such as a rash or cracks around the mouth. A lack of B6 also can cause depression, confusion, or a susceptibility to infections.

Vitamin B6 is Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6 supplements are effective for preventing and treating deficiency and nerve inflammation caused by low intake, certain diseases, or some drugs.

Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine. It is involved in the process of making serotonin and norepinephrine, which are chemicals that transmit signals in the brain.

Vitamin B6 is involved in the formation of myelin, a protein layer that forms around nerve cells

Good to combine B-vitamins

Vitamin B6 deficiency in adults may cause health problems affecting the nerves, skin, mucous membranes, and circulatory system. In children, the central nervous system is also affected.

High blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine may be a risk factor for heart disease.

Taking vitamin B6 supplements with other B vitamins (folic acid and vitamin B12) has been shown to be effective for lowering homocysteine levels.

Vitamin B 12 is found primarily in meat and dairy products

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps regulate the nervous system.

It also plays a role in growth and red blood cell formation, for the heart, the hair, metabolism of the cells and the formation of proteins and DNA as well as the production of signal substances such as dopamine and serotonin.

Vegetarians at risk for B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 is found primarily in meat and dairy products, so strict vegetarians are at risk for a deficiency.

Vitamin B12 deficiencies can lead to anemia and confusion in elderly people.

People with Vitamin B12 deficiencies often report tingling in their feet and hands.

Vitamin B12 is Cobalamine

Vitamin B12 deficiency is written about in many medical textbooks and its causes and effects are well-established in the scientific literature.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is often missed for two reasons. First, it’s not routinely tested by most physicians. Second, the low end of the laboratory reference range is too low.

Vitamin B12 works together with folate in the synthesis of DNA and red blood cells. It’s also involved in the production of the myelin sheath around the nerves, and the conduction of nerve impulses.

B12 is the only vitamin that contains a trace element (cobalt), which is why it’s called cobalamin. Cobalamin is produced in the gut of animals.

It’s the only vitamin we can’t obtain from plants or sunlight. Plants don’t need B12 so they don’t store it.

No Vitamin B12 in plants

A common myth amongst vegetarians and vegans is that it’s possible to get Vitamin B12 from plant sources like seaweed, fermented soy, spirulina and brewers yeast.

But plant foods said to contain Vitamin B12 actually contain B12 analogs called cobamides that block intake of and increase the need for true Vitamin B12.

Lack of Folic acid can cause birth defects

Vitamin B9/Folic acid

Vitamin B 9 fosters the growth of red blood cells like most B-vitamins and it also reduces the risk of birth defects.

Folic acid can be found in many foods, from meats to grains to citrus fruits. Without enough Folic acid, a person can develop diarrhea or anemia.

Pregnant women with a Folic acid deficiency could give birth to babies with defects.

Folate treatment very important when needed

Folate deficiency may cause megaloblastic anemia, a blood disorder in which there are very large red blood cells. If the cause is folate deficiency, then treatment with folate is the standard approach.

Consuming a high level of folate and taking folic acid supplements by mouth during pregnancy helps reduce the risk of birth defects in the infant.

Folic acid supplements are effective for increasing folate levels in blood and decreasing symptoms associated with low folate levels. Folic acid supplementation, with and without other B vitamins, reduce levels of homocysteine in blood (a cardiovascular risk factor).

Created By
Michael Collan MediTec Group


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