Ok, you try valiantly to have a healthy diet, but because of time scarcity it might not always work out that way. It does take a little extra planning and preparation and we might too often opt for convenience instead. If that sounds like you, you are a solid candidate for added supplementation.
Having said that (as have so many other advocates) there are other reasons besides simply “making up for shortages” or “added insurance” as we hear all the time; here are some powerful benefits to be gained from adding a B vitamin complex to your “age fighting arsenal”.
How’s this for starters:
- B vitamins are used in energy generation, they are a crucial factor in the production of ATP, our body’s energy currency. You will very likely notice a boost in your energy levels right off the bat with this combination. For more on that check this out.
- B vitamins (especially B12 and B6) are immunity enhancers. They raise the body’s glutathione. Glutathione is our most important anti-oxidant. It defends from free radicals inside the cells, and is critical to the livers detoxification process.
- B vitamins are essential to the production of many important hormones (serotonin etc); they are also required for proper nerve and heart function.
- B3 (niacin) has shown to be very effective in reducing harmful cholesterol. Doctors often recommend it as a starting point in addressing the problem. (It’s interesting to note that I’ve found that if you take Niacin in a “complex” with other B vitamins it hasn’t led to that uncomfortable “niacin flush”. Why this is so? You got me 🙂
- B vitamins are necessary for removing the dangerous amino acid homocysteine from the blood. B12, B6, folic acid and betane (from beets) remethylate it back into the amino acid methionine or transulferate it into cysteine or glutathione. It is very important to recycle homocysteine as it is believed to be one of the starting points for the cascade of cardiovascular disease. Also, methylation is an important process that occurs in the DNA of all cells. It is the transfer of methyl groups and begins with sulfur rich amino acids such as methionine. A decline in methylation is a hallmark of aging. Without methylation you die. With inadequate methylation you have sickness and accelerated aging. Pretty strong case for addressing it, right?
Also note that B vitamins are very safe even at high doses. They are water soluble so they can be taken freely in a drink – such as “Vitamin water” or in an energy drink like “Five Hour Energy”. (Hey, they’re onto something!) Also lets not forget the many food sources of our B vitamins, another reason to spend a little effort on that daily and weekly recipe. Bon Appetit!