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Vitamin B

Our vitamin of the month consists of a group of vitamins. A combination of all of the B's - because they work better together. Think of Bee's in a hive - each Bee has it's own special job. And together they can do great work!

The water-soluble vitamin B is not easily stored in the body tissues, so it must be supplied every day. Adding more vitamin B-complex rich foods to your diet, such as whole grain wheat, brown rice, liver, beans, brewer's yeast to name a few - will help reduce stress on the liver and enhance other bodily functions such as helping keep excess fluid from collecting in the tissues. An excellent (vegan) way to obtain all the B vitamins as well as vitamins K, E, minerals, enzymes and benificial flora for your colon is to drink Rejuvelac daily. Click here to read more about rejuvelac.

Read on for more information on the wonderful vitamin B!

B1 - Thiamine - used for the oxidation of carbohydrates, heart health and stimulates and transmits nerve impulses. It collaborates with enzymes to do their job for growth in the body. (Alchohol impairs the absorbtion of Thiamine.) It helps emotional stability, fatigue and digestive disorders. Asparagus, brewers yeast, sunflower seeds, rolled oats, fresh green vegetables and whole wheat contains B1.

B2 - Riboflavin - Used in the formation of new tissue and repair of damaged tissue. Good for skin, liver and eye health. It's converted to two co-enzymes (flavin monouclestides & flavin adenine dinucleotide) which are most active in the liver. The liver is the source of most of the bodys enzymes. In the liver, these 2 co-enzymes are vital to the formation of oxidizing enzymes that control bodily processes. Extreme deficiency causes anemia and serious impairment of the liver. Dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, brewer's yeast, caviar and organ meats contain B2.

B3 - Niacin - For carbohydrate metabolism and circulatory system health. Studies show that Americans do not get enough Niacin from their diets - diets that consist of large amounts of sugar, starches and processed foods. These kinds of foods rob the body of Niacin. When you see the word "enriched" on packaging - they are referring to added Niacin. But this is misleading! Because the original amounts and forms of the vitamins are not replaced. Chicken, fish, wheat germ, almonds, avocados, sesame seeds, cheese, eggs and bananas contain B3.

B5 - Pantothenic Acid - Referred to as the Anti-Stress Vitamin. Fights infection and allergies by building antibodies and defends against stress and fatigue. It helps protect against radiation injury and promotes tissue regeneration. Pantothenic acid is also needed for the normal functions of the gastrointestinal tract. Studies and shown that Pantothenic acid taken with Calcium has helped people that grind their teeth during sleep - bruxism. It is an anti-oxididant vital to proper adrenal activity. The name comes from the Greek word: pantos, meaning everywhere. Named this because it is present to some extent in all foods. It seems it would be difficult to have a deficiency in this vitamin, but with todays chemical environment and processed foods - it may be difficult to obtain our recommended daily allowance (RDA of 10 mg). The best sources are from organ meats, soy flour, sunflower and sesame seeds and dark buckwheat.

B6 - Pyridoxine - B6 is an enzyme activator and used for antibody production, carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. It is important for the immune system - if it is depressed or fighting an infection. Hormones and B6 have a special relationship. Hormones not properly metabolized, cause symptoms like depression, menopausal arthritus, edema and weight gain. B6 levels decline with age and women with these symptoms can be helped with higher levels of B6. It also regulates the water balance in the body. Liver, fish, whole grains, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, buckwheat and bananas contain B6.

B12 - Important for growth, red blood cell formation, nervous system health, carbohydrate metabolism and resistance to germs. It is especially needed during pregnancy. B12 is stored in the liver. Alcohol has a detrimental effect on the liver and may contribute to a lack of B12 in the body. Our bodies make B12 in the colon but little is absorbed - especially if your diet consists of more processed foods than fresh, raw fruits and vegatables - leading to inefficient digestion. Yeast, wheat germ, liver, milk eggs and cheese contain B12.


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