What About Those B Vitamins?

Updated 1/15/22.

What are B Vitamins?

  • They help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat.
  • Aid in forming red blood cells.
  • Deficiencies may cause diseases.


  • Also known as Thiamine.
  • Used by the body to break down sugars in the diet.
  • Aids in correcting never and heart problems.


  • Also known as Riboflavin.
  • It works with other B vitamins.
  • Vital for body growth.
  • Aids in red blood cell production and the release of energy from proteins.
  • Is destroyed by exposure to light.


  • Also known as Niacin and Nicotinic acid.
  • It helps the digestive system, skin, and nerves.
  • Vital to changing food to energy.
  • Used as a treatment for high blood cholesterol.


  • Also known Pantothenic acid, Acide D-Pantothénique, Acide Pantothénique, Ácido Pantoténico, Alcool Pantothénylique, B Complex Vitamin, Calcii Pantothenas, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Calcium Pantothenate, Complexe de Vitamines B, D-Calcium Pantothenate, D-Panthenol, D-Panthénol, D-Pantothénate de Calcium, D-Pantothenic Acid, D-Pantothenyl Alcohol, Dexpanthenol, Dexpanthénol, Dexpanthenolum, Pantéthine, Panthenol, Panthénol, Pantothenate, Pantothénate, Pantothénate de Calcium, Pantothenol, Pantothenylol, Vitamin B-5, Vitamina B5, Vitamine B5.
  • Used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations.
  • It is used orally and topically to treat many conditions including dietary deficiencies, acne, dandruff, depression, and osteoarthritis.


  • Also known as Pyridoxal, Pyridoxine, and Pyridoxamine.
  • It helps the body make antibodies, maintain nerve function, make hemoglobin, break down proteins, and keep blood sugar regulated.


  • Also known as Biotin, Biotina, Biotine, Biotine-D, Coenzyme R, D-Biotin, Vitamin H, Vitamine B7, Vitamine H, W Factor,  and Cis-hexahydro-2-oxo-1H-thieno[3,4-d]-imidazole-4-valeric Acid.
  • An important component of enzymes that break down fats and carbohydrates.
  • Commonly used for hair loss, brittle nails, nerve damage, and other conditions.


  • Also known as Cobalamin and Cyanocobalamin.
  • Water-soluble.
  • Important for protein metabolism.
  • Aids in the formation of red blood cells and in the maintenance of the central nervous system.
  • Animal sources provide better absorption by the body.

Folic acid

  • Also called Folacin, Folate, Pteroyglutamic acid, and Vitamin B9.
  • It helps the body make healthy new cells.
  • Adequate amounts before and during pregnancy can prevent major birth defects.


  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Added to many cereals and some breads.
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
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