The B complex vitamins, namely B1 (thiamin), B2 (ribo avin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantethine), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), biotin and folic acid, form a truly essential complex of vitamins.
What Does It Do?
Primary Uses: Collectively, these vitamins are responsible for maintaining healthy cellular processes such as the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and they act as co-enzymes for pathways involved in detoxication. B vitamins are used up more quickly under stress, so the need for B vitamins increases during stressful periods. Secondary Uses: Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are formed when the proteins in our bodies are exposed to sugar without the mediating action of coenzymes. The result is that those proteins undergo a reaction known as glycation, and these reactions hinder the function, and damage the structure, of proteins. They have also been linked to many progressive diseases of aging. AGE formation can lead to harmful autoimmune conditions, and glycation plays a role in vascular disease, erectile dysfunction, kidney disease, joint in ammation, loss of skin elasticity, cataracts, retinopathy, neuropathy, cognitive impairment, impaired wound healing, urinary incontinence, symptoms related to hyperglycemia and cardiovascular problems. The proper functioning of the B complex of vitamins is essential in delaying the onset of AGEs, with B1 playing a leading role.
Who Should Take It?
In our high stress world, most people would bene t from taking a B complex. Those with hyperglycemia, who are concerned with anti-aging, who have a vitamin B de ciency, or who have known genetic mutations and cannot convert inactive B vitamins to their active coenzyme forms, may bene t from taking Advanced B Complex