B Vitamins The Energy Vitamins

Posted by Blog Monday, February 28, 2011

The B vitamins were identified and isolated early in the twentieth century when
refined grains were first found to cause deficiency diseases. The B vitamins work
so closely together that it is hard to tell which individual B vitamin is missing
when a deficiency occurs. The B vitamins need to be taken together in food or in

Introducing the B Vitamins

The B Vitamins
B1 Thiamin Biotin                      
B2 Riboflavin                              
B3 Niacin   
B5 Pantothenic Acid
B6 Pyridoxine
B12 Cobalamin

Other nutrients also interact with the B vitamins. In one case, a mineral, iron, and an essential amino acid, tryptophan, are both needed to synthesize niacin, vitamin B3. The best way to avoid a deficiency of B vitamins is to eat a varied diet of fresh fruit, an abundance of vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and other food as desired. Some of these B vitamins can also be made by friendly bacteria in a healthy colon and absorbed into circulation.

Catabolism = Breaking down of components
Anabolism = Building up of components

The primary role of the B vitamins is catalyzing energy production in the body. One side of metabolism is catabolism. Catabolism is the breaking down of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, often to produce energy. . Anabolism is the building up of components, for example, building a protein from amino acids. The B vitamins are used in many aspects of metabolism, but they are the stars in energy production as coenzymes in catabolic reactions.

A coenzyme attaches to an enzyme to activate the enzyme. These coenzymes enable the enzymes to synthesize compounds or to dismantle compounds.

More about B-Vitamins:

B Vitamins The Energy Vitamins


Vitamin B1—Thiamin

Vitamin B2—Riboflavin

Vitamin B3—Niacin

Vitamin B5—Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B6—Pyridoxine

Vitamin B12—Cobalamin

How the B Vitamins Make Energy Production Possible

”Wanna B” Vitamins That Might Not Be Vitamins


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