When you hear the term “B vitamins” they are generally referencing a group of eight vitamins that are essential for life through nutrition or are manufactured by the body. Each of these eight vitamins are essential for key metabolic processes (in various ways). The eight Bs are:
B1 - Thiamine
B2 - Riboflavin
B3 - Niacin, nicotinamide riboside
B5 - Panthothenic acid
B6 - Pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine
B7 - Biotin
B9 - Folic acid
B12 - Various cobalamins (i.e. hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin)
Why do B-vitamins feature so prominently on our menu? Because they are essential for preventative care.
Studies have shown that, in general, B-vitamins help your metabolism (we’ve all noticed how that has slowed as we have gotten older!) and keep your hair and skin looking great. Plus they have been linked to a lower incidence of strokes1 and can help prevent memory loss.
Each of the B’s have their roles:
- B1 helps you break down carbohydrates and is essential to replace after a night of drinking, which depletes B1! It also helps protect your immune system.
- B2 is essential to breaking down carbs, fats, and proteins in your food and allowing your body to use that energy. It keeps your skin and gut healthy and it works as an antioxidant to help prevent early aging. Some studies have found that Riboflavin (B2) can help prevent migraines 2, increase energy, boost your immune system, help with acne, muscle cramps, and carpal tunnel! 3
- B3 breaks down your food into energy and helps boost your good cholesterol.
- B5 is an important building block for the biochemical reaction that breaks down carbs and lipids for energy. It’s also super important for producing hormones, which help us grow.
- B6 contributes to more than 100 enzyme reactions in your body. It helps metabolize amino acids and builds new red blood cells. It also helps reduce your risk of heart disease and assist your body in producing serotonin, melatonin, and norepinephrine (which helps your mood and sleep)!
- B7 is sometimes called the ‘beauty vitamin’ because it keeps your hair, skin, and nails healthy. It can help people who have diabetes control high glucose levels too.
- B9 is commonly known as folic acid. If you have ever been pregnant you know this term. It’s essential for growth and development, especially in utero. It helps prevent neurological birth defects and encourages healthy growth but in non-babies it can help prevent memory loss and hold off depression. 4
- B12 is vital for keeping your nerve cells healthy and building blood cells. A deficiency leads to anemia. The trick with B12 is that is only naturally occurring in animal products so vegetarians and vegans must supplement!
Where can you find B-vitamins (other than in the Onus IV drips - A-Team, Bolt, John Myers, Phoenix, and Rockstar)?
Green veggies (spinach, broccoli, asparagus, romaine, turnip greens, and other dark green leafy vegetables), whole grains, dairy, and meat (salmon, chicken and beef to name a few) are all great sources, but whenever you feel like you need a top up of energy and oomph stop by Onus IV and we can help give you an immediate boost!