Vitamin B—A Deficiency Syndrome
Vitamin B—A Deficiency Syndrome
Substantial amounts of B complex are used by the body just to deal with the stress all of us deal with daily. Highly refined white breads, pastas and rice common to most diets have been stripped of most of the B complex. And refined sugar, found in just about everything under many aliases, also depletes the body of this critical nutrient. No wonder B complex deficiency syndrome is so common!
Some signs of vitamin B complex deficiency include:
• Chronic or unexplained fatigue
• Adrenal fatigue
• Inability to handle daily stress
• Mood swings
• Irritability/quick tempered
• Hyper-activity in children and adults
• Difficulty concentrating/short attention span
• Muscle tension and aches
• Immune dysfunction
Can you relate to some of these? If so it might be time to make some specific changes in your diet and consider supplementing with vitamin B complex. When choosing a supplement it’s important to know that not all B complex supplements are created equal. Allow me to explain why.
Vitamin B, a very complex nutrient, is composed of 25 or more parts—B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid—just to name a few. In the interest of time and for discussion purposes, we will only look at the functional differences between natural and synthetic thiamine, known as vitamin B1.
The body is basically a chemical production plant. So let’s talk simple chemistry. A tremendous amount of energy is required just to carry out the daily requirements for maintenance and repair. In order to produce this energy, certain substances must bond—or hook up—chemically. One of these is the vitamin B complex (remember, we’re looking at thiamine-B1 for simplicity’s sake). It needs to bond with phosphoric acid molecules that naturally occur in the body. This chemical reaction allows the metabolic system to produce the energy you so need. There are numerous other nutrients required for this process. These will be discussed in other blogs. Let’s consider the following diagrams to illustrate how this process works.
molecules. Chemically, these
molecules “fit” and are in position to
combine, completing a crucial step in
the energy production cycle.
The synthetic thiamine (like all vitamins created in a laboratory) leaves your body unused—as evidenced by the yellow urine experienced after taking it. The same process holds true for the rest of the B complex when taken in a synthetic form. A synthetic B complex cannot eliminate the deficiency that is producing your troublesome symptoms.
So what can help you overcome a deficiency of vitamin B complex? Here are a few suggestions.
• Eat a diet composed of whole foods (supplementation can’t compensate for a diet filled with processed food)
• Supplement your diet with a vitamin B complex, made from whole foods, that provides all the nutrients in a form your body can use
• Drink plenty of pure, non-fluoridated water to help your body absorb nutrients
• Develop ways to deal more effectively with daily stress
• Remember it takes time—up to 1 to 2 years—to overcome a nutritional deficiency. Be patient and stick with the program in order to achieve lasting results.
In order to obtain a whole food B-complex supplement or get suggestions for improving your diet, please give our office a call at 773/262-7611. We’d love to be of help!