Apr 21 2014

Adding 6-9-12 Liquid B Essentials to your Diet

Published by at 11:53 am under Personal Care

To B or not to B…The importance of adding BODY BIOTICS™
6-9-12 Liquid B Essentials™ 
to your diet.

We all know about Vitamin B…that it is an important vitamin to have in your diet. But
which B vitamin do you need and how much? How does it benefit you?

The overall benefits of B Vitamins are that they support adrenal function, provide “calm”
and help us maintain a healthy nervous system. B Vitamins are “…a group of water-
soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Though these vitamins
share similar names, research shows that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often
coexist in the same foods..”.1 “…All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates)
into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to
as B complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex
vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous
system function properly…”2

Today I will be covering the three Bs that are found in BODY BIOTICS™
6-9-12 LIQUID B ESSENTIALS™.

So let’s get more specific.

Vitamin B-6

“…Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry
signals from one nerve cell to another. It is needed for normal brain development and
function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which
influence mood, and melatonin, which helps regulate the body clock. Along with vitamins
B12 and B9 (folic acid), B6 helps control levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine
is an amino acid that may be associated with heart disease. Your body needs B6 in order to
absorb vitamin B12 and to make red blood cells and cells of the immune system…”2 There
have been numerous studies done on Vitamin B-6, and it has shown to have a positive
effect in treating heart disease, morning sickness during pregnancy, age-related macular
degeneration, depression, PMS, inflammation and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
and rheumatoid arthritis.2

Natural sources for getting Vitamin B 6 in your diet comes from foods such as carrots,
spinach and peas, eggs, potatoes, milk, legumes, sunflower seeds, fish, cheese, bananas,
chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef liver, milk, brown rice, bran,  wheat germ,
and whole-grain flour.

If you are between the ages of 19 and 50, the recommended dose is 1.3 mg. Males over 50
should be getting 1.7mg and women over 50, 1.5mg. If you are pregnant, you want to take
1.9mg and lactating women should be getting 2 mg. If you are not getting enough from
your diet, then you want to supplement. There are few side effects from taking too much,
but as with all things, you don’t want to go overboard. The maximum dietary dose is 100
mg, and going over that can propose potential harm.

 

Vitamin B9

Vitamin B9 is more commonly known as folate or folic acid….folate being the naturally
occurring form in foods, and folic acid being the synthetic form of folate. B9 is essential
for our growth and development. Normal nerve and brain function depend on it as it plays
an important role in mental and emotional health. It is also key in reducing blood levels of
the amino acid homocysteine, which can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
It may also ward off lung, colon and cervical cancer as well as help to slow memory loss as
we age.3

Vitamin B9  “aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material, and is
especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in pregnancy,
infancy and adolescence.4  Women who are pregnant or wanting to conceive need to get
plenty of folic acid, as it supports the growth of the placenta and fetus as well as prevents
several types of birth defects, especially those of the spine and brain. A B9 deficiency has
been linked to low birth weights, miscarriages, birth defects, memory loss and depression.3
Studies have also shown it to be beneficial in treating heart disease, age related hearing loss,
macular degeneration, depression and cancer.4

The recommended daily allowance or RDA for Vitamin B9 is 400 mcg. for adults. “…
Pregnant women who don’t get enough folic acid are more likely to have children with
birth defects. Pregnant women should get 600 mcg of folic acid per day. Women who
plan to become pregnant should make sure to get the recommended 400 mcg per day,
since many neural tube defects can happen shortly after conception, before a woman even
knows she is pregnant…”4

You can find folate in spinach and other dark leafy greens, lima beans, soybeans, beef
liver, brewer’s yeast, root vegetables, whole grains, wheat germ, bulgur wheat, kidney
beans, white beans, lima beans, mung beans, salmon, orange juice, avocado, and milk.
In addition, all grain and cereal products in the U.S. are fortified with folic acid.

Vitamin B-12

“Vitamin B-12 is important for DNA synthesis and maintaining healthy nerve cells…”6 It
affects the development and maintenance of red blood cells and normal myelination
(covering) of nerve cells. It also aids in the production of DNA and RNA, and the
production of neurotransmitters…”6

B-12 is found naturally in a wide variety of animal products including beef, poultry, eggs,
milk and other dairy foods. The body absorbs animal sources of Vitamin B12 much better
than plant sources. If you are a vegetarian, you are more likely to need Vitamin B12 fortified
foods and to take supplements. Many people over the age of 50 lose the ability to absorb
vitamin B12 from foods, so supplements are also highly beneficial for this age group. 5

The recommended dose of Vitamin B12 for those 14 and older is 2.4mcg. Pregnant women
need 2.6mcg. To ensure you are getting enough Vitamin B 6-9-12  in your diet, we
recommend taking one dropperful of BODY BIOTICS™ 6-9-12 LIQUID B ESSENTIAL™,
daily, as a maintenance dose. You should take dropperfuls for a therapeutic dose.
Additionally, by maintaining a healthy gut through a regular maintenance dose of the
BODY BIOTICS™ PREBIOTIC/PROBIOTIC SBO CONSORTIA™, this allows for better
absorption of the vitamins and minerals you are getting from your foods and supplements.

So is it better to B or not to B? Definitely take B! Getting a healthy, daily dose of Vitamin
B will benefit your body, mind and emotional well being.

Healthiest Wishes,

 Kelli

 

 

Resources:

  1. Wikipedia.org
  2. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b6-pyridoxine
  3.  http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02809/vitamin-b9-folate.html
  4. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b9-folic-acid
  5. http://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/vitamin-b12
  6. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02810/facts-about-vitamin-b

 

 

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