Vitamins and minerals are two extremely important nutrients your body needs on a daily basis in order to stay healthy and function at optimal levels. You’re probably familiar with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B, but did you know there are eight types of Vitamin B that your body needs daily?
This collection of eight B vitamins (known as the “B-complex”) work together to strengthen your immune system, help cells grow, regulate your metabolism, and manage the function of your nervous system (and more). B vitamins are used to treat various illnesses and conditions like tinnitus, sciatica, stress, diabetes, and even fatigue.
Here are the eight B vitamins that make up the B-complex:
Vitamin B1 – Thiamine. The body cannot make this form of Vitamin B on its own so it must be obtained from foods like oatmeal, flax, asparagus, potatoes, kale, and eggs. Thiamine plays an important role in creating acetylcholine and GABA.
Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin. This form of Vitamin B activates folic acid (Vitamin B9) and can be found in eggs, organ meats, nuts, milk, soybeans (edamame), yeast, Brussels sprouts and leafy greens like kale and chard. This vitamin provides energy for metabolism and helps your body process fats, carbs, and proteins.
Vitamin B3 – Niacin. Niacin is another form of Vitamin B that can be found in organ meats, fish, chicken, eggs, venison, sweet potatoes, avocados, tomatoes, nuts, fungi, carrots, dates, and some whole grains. This vitamin creates energy in the body and helps to repair DNA.