The body makes 2-3 million red blood cells every second. Each cell takes 20 seconds to circulate through the body, bringing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. An adult has 20-30 trillion red blood cells. In addition to producing red blood cells, you need these B vitamins to keep the biological processes of your body running in working order.
B1 is responsible for energy, muscle tone and production of hydrochloric acid (HCl) for digestion. Deficiency in vitamin B1 causes constipation, fatigue, mental confusion, gastrointestinal disturbance, irritability, numbness in hands and feet, weak and sore muscles, etc.
B2 is responsible for energy, cellular growth and food metabolism. Deficiency in vitamin B2 causes skin lesions, dermatitis, hair loss, insomnia, light sensitivity, poor digestion, retarded growth, fatigue, dizziness, etc.
B3 is responsible for energy, lowers cholesterol, protects nervous system, and aids in food metabolism. Deficiency in vitamin B3 causes anxiety, canker sores, poor memory, dementia, depression, fatigue, insomnia, low blood sugar, muscular weakness and pain, schizophrenia, etc.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
B5 is responsible for energy, aids in production of adrenal hormones and neurotransmitters, and converts food into energy. Deficiency in vitamin B5 causes depression, anxiety, fatigue, headache, nausea, etc.
B6 is responsible for energy, affects all bodily functions, helps produce HCl, maintains sodium-potassium balance, and affords cancer immunity. Deficiency in vitamin B6 causes allergies, arthritis, asthma, anemia, nausea, fatigue, hair loss, sores in mouth, inflammation, numbness, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
B8 is responsible for energy, calms, reduces cholesterol,and removes fats from liver. Deficienc in vitamin B8 causes anxiety, irritability, constipation, hair loss, high cholesterol, skin eruptions, arteriosclerosis, etc.
B9 aids in energy production, immunity, regulation of homocysteine levels and fetal nerve cell formation, and is a critical component of methylation. Deficiency in vitamin B9 causes anemia, fatigue, poor digestion, memory loss, insomnia, etc.
Aids in utilization of iron, aids in digestion, food absorption, metabolism, prevents nerve damage, maintains fertility, protects the myelin sheath, restful sleep and critical component of methylation. Deficiency in B12 causes anemia, bone loss, chronic fatigue, constipation, depression, migraines, irritability, neurological damage, tinnitus, and heart palpitations.
NOTE: Caffeine, sugar, oral contraceptives, steroids, and many medications will reduce levels of B vitamins in your body.
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