What is B-Complex?
B-Complex is a group of vitamins which includes: Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), and Pyridoxine (B6).
What are the benefits of each B vitamin?
- B1 (Thiamine) is used by the body to help with carbohydrate breakdown. Thiamine is used to produce energy and regulate cell activity. Our immune system requires thiamine. B1 may also be beneficial in many conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, canker sore, Alzheimer’s disease and long term alcohol use. Alcohol prevents thiamine absorption and decreases B1 storage in the liver. One study found Thiamine deficiency developed in about 80% of people with chronic alcoholism.
- B2 (Riboflavin) is used to convert fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy. B2 may be beneficial in preventing conditions like migraine, anemia, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stress. Riboflavin deficiency may lead to skin disorders, crack lips, sores at mouth corners, hair loss, sore throat, liver disorders, and dysfunction with the nervous and reproductive system. Long term deficiency may causes fatigue, weakness, and visual impairment.
- B3 (niacin) is involved in many roles of the body system. Niacin helps with food breakdown and acts as an antioxidant. It also helps with cell signalling and DNA production and repair. B3 is used to lower cholesterol in those who cannot tolerate statin medications. Niacin may help boost brain function , decrease arthritis pain , and support Type 1 diabetes treatment.
- B5 (pantothenic acid) also assists in breaking down food and turning it into energy. B5 is needed for making blood cells and promotes skin and hair health. Studies have shown that it thickens hair fibres and increases their flexibility. 
- B6 (pyridoxine) helps with producing macronutrient, red blood cells, and neurotransmitters. B6 plays a role in many enzyme reactions. B6 may help relieve symptoms of PMS, improve cognitive function, and relieve nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
B Vitamins may be taken as a supplement or administered as an IV. After a consultation, your Naturopathic Doctor will determine if you may benefit from taking additional B vitamins and what form may be right for you. B Complex may be given in combination with other vitamins as a supplement or IV infusion. Contact us today to see if taking additional vitamins may be of benefit to you.