In the early 1900s, a devastating epidemic spread through the Southern United States.
If someone fell victim to this disease, they’d move through a series of symptoms. First, they would develop gastrointestinal distress. Then, a photosensitive rash would appear on areas of skin exposed to the sun.
Finally, their mental health would decline, regardless of their age, before the terrifying disease claimed their life.
The disease puzzled health authorities for years.
A debate about the cause continued for years. Two theories were explored: that it was an infectious disease caused by a species of biting fly or that it was a nutritional disease and corn was to blame.
At the time, many people in the South lived on a “poor man’s diet” consisting of mainly corn products with a little bit of pork and molasses.
In 1914, Dr. Joseph Goldberger was assigned by the Public Health Service to investigate the cause of the disease, called pellagra. He conducted a series of experiments and determined that the second theory was right: pellagra was caused by malnutrition, although he wasn’t able to discover which nutrient was missing.
Two decades later, in 1937, a biochemist named Conrad Elvehjem finally identified niacin – vitamin B3 – as the missing nutrient.
Together, Goldberger’s and Elvehjem’s findings joined a growing body of discoveries about vitamins that were happening in the early 20th Century. Continued research over the decades since has shown that B vitamins, like niacin, play dozens of essential roles in keeping your body healthy.
We’re fortunate that very few people today suffer from deficiencies as severe as pellagra. However, low levels of B vitamins can still cause milder problems that interfere with optimal health.
With their far-reaching and interrelated effects on the body…
B Complex Vitamins: You Can’t Thrive Without Them
The entire family of B vitamins is essential for your health. They play a key role in your body’s ability to use enzymes.
Enzymes perform important jobs in your body, such as breaking down amino acids, transporting oxygen and nutrients and helping to release energy from the carbohydrates and fat that you eat.
B vitamins act as coenzymes in these energy-producing functions. They are required for normal, healthy:
- Brain and nervous system function.*
- Growth and development.*
- Immune function.*
- Energy production.*
- Cell metabolism.*
- Organ and tissue health.*
- Muscle, skin, and eye health.*
- Appetite and digestion.*
Like a team collaborating on a long-term project, B vitamins work together to make sure all these organ systems and body functions have what they need for healthy operation.*
Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, excess amounts of B vitamins aren’t stored in your body. Rather, if not immediately needed, they pass through your body and are excreted.
Vitamin B12 is the one exception to this rule. While excess amounts of it also pass through your body the same as other B vitamins, B12 can be stored in the liver as needed for up to four years.
This means you must get the entire B complex of vitamins through diet every day, including B12, which needs to be replenished in the liver to maintain healthy levels.
13 Signs You May Be Low in B Vitamins
Low levels of B vitamins can affect your body in many different ways because of the vitamins’ far-reaching and interrelated effects.
Many common complaints could be a result of low levels of one or more B vitamins. These include:
- Inability to sleep well.
- Fatigue and apathy.
- Mental “fog,” confusion, and forgetfulness.
- Mood swings and irritability.
- Gastrointestinal symptoms.
- Joint or muscle discomfort.
- Muscle weakness.
- Loss of muscle mass.
- Occasional headaches.
- Dry, cracking skin.
Because the vitamin B complex is a group of eight major B vitamins that work together, running low on one can impact the effectiveness of all the others.
For example, many of the B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin. If you’re low in one or two, the others won’t have the help they need to do their jobs, and your skin may show signs of distress.
How to Tell if You Could Be at Risk for Low Vitamin B Levels
B vitamins are actually easy to find in many foods. Fresh, whole foods like meat, fish, dairy and whole grains provide ample supplies of B vitamins.
However, if those foods are processed, the integrity of the B vitamins is jeopardized, as many of them are sensitive to heat, light, air and long storage times. People who eat a lot of processed foods might want to consider supplementing with a vitamin B complex.
Other groups of people who are more likely to have a deficiency or suboptimal levels of one or more B vitamins include those who:
- Have gut issues (the vitamins may not be absorbed properly).
- Regularly drink alcohol.
- Are vegan or vegetarian.
- Drink more than four cups of coffee daily.
- Regularly consume a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate diet with low nutrient value.
- Avoid key dietary sources of B vitamins, like dairy and whole grains.
- Are older, as your ability to produce intrinsic factor for absorption decreases with age.
B vitamins in general aren’t absorbed efficiently by your body. One or more of the above factors can easily put you at risk for low levels or a deficiency.
One B vitamin to pay special attention to is B12, also known as cobalamin. It’s estimated that one in four American adults are deficient in this important “energy vitamin,” and nearly half the population may have blood levels considered too low.
People who avoid animal products are especially vulnerable to low levels of B12 and should pay careful attention to making sure they get enough.
A vitamin B12 deficiency can exist for years under the radar without causing symptoms. By the time you start noticing its classic signs of fatigue, mental “fog,” forgetfulness, mood swings and muscle weakness, you can be significantly deficient.
B Vitamins Support a Variety of Essential Functions – But They Require Careful Handling
Many of the B vitamins are highly susceptible to damage from various sources, including heat, light, oxygen, acid and alkaline solutions, and long storage times.
With the harsh and high-heat processing methods used to create convenience and packaged foods, it’s no surprise that processed foods can be lacking in B vitamins.
To make sure you have a healthy intake of B vitamins, it’s important to include a variety of fresh and lightly-cooked foods in your diet. These provide natural sources of B vitamins, undamaged by harmful processing methods.
Here’s a guide to the B vitamins your body needs each day, the recommended amounts, how they can be damaged during processing and storage, and the important roles they play in your health:
||Recommended Adult Daily Intake
||Susceptibility to damage during processing and storage
||1.2 mg; 1.4 mg (pregnant and lactating women)
||Sensitive to heat, oxygen, humidity and light, and very sensitive to alkaline pH
||Essential for metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, energy metabolism for nervous system and muscles*
||1.3 mg; 1.6 mg (pregnant and lactating women)
||Sensitive to humidity and light
||Essential for growth and muscle development, eye health, and healthy skin*
||16 mg; 18 mg (pregnant and lactating women)
||Essential for the proper function of enzymes and a healthy nervous system, skin, nails and GI function*
|Pantothenic Acid (B5)
||5 mg; 7 mg (pregnant and lactating women)
||Sensitive to heat and humidity
||A structural element of many coenzymes, plays a central role in energy metabolism and the synthesis of sex hormones*
||1.7 mg; 2 mg (pregnant and lactating women)
||Very sensitive to heat, and sensitive to humidity, light and acid pH
||Essential for the body’s utilization of protein and the synthesis of neurotransmitters*
||400 mcg; 600 mcg (pregnant and lactating women)
||Very sensitive to heat, acid pH and light, and sensitive to humidity
||Required for the production of red blood cells in bone marrow*
||30 mcg; 35 (pregnant and lactating women)
||Sensitive to humidity and light
||Supports healthy normal growth, digestion, muscle function, healthy skin and hair, and cellular health*
||2.4 mcg; 2.8 mcg (pregnant and lactating women)
||Sensitive to heat, oxygen, humidity, and contact with iron or copper
||Supports protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, GI and nervous system health, immune function and the healthy production of red blood cells*
As you can see, some B vitamins are very susceptible to damage, while others can withstand exposure to a number of stresses. So eating a mix of fresh and cooked foods can help you get all of them.
And that’s important, because you need them in the right proportions to each other. Because of this, it’s a good idea to take a vitamin B complex rather than individual B vitamins.
B Vitamins Play a Key Role in Healthy Memory Function
When you have a limited supply of B vitamins, your central nervous system can be the first area that’s affected.*
Many people know that omega-3 fatty acids are vitally important for your brain health. Researchers are now finding B vitamins are important for maintaining optimal brain health.
In fact, researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins work together to help keep your brain healthy.
All of the B vitamins are important for brain and nerve cells, but five stand out for the role they play in supporting memory, cognitive health and brain performance: B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate), and B12 (cobalamin).*
Vitamin B1 supports positive moods and promotes healthy brain function, especially concentration, memory and reaction time.*
Vitamins B6, B9, and B12 help convert the amino acid homocysteine into another amino acid called methionine, an important building block for proteins.*
Vitamin B12 also supports mental clarity and normal memory function. If you experience mental fogginess and occasional forgetfulness, it’s possible that you may not be getting enough B12.
An Exceptional B Vitamin Complex, Designed to Optimize Absorption and Utilization
While there are things you can do to improve your vitamin B intake, it’s not always easy to get enough and to be able to absorb and utilize it properly.
As we’ve just discussed, there are significant challenges for many people trying to get the levels they might need for optimal health.*
The B vitamins in your regular daily multivitamin provide a good start. From there, adding a specialized vitamin B complex can provide additional assurance that your body is getting what it needs, especially if you fall into one of the higher risk groups mentioned earlier.
Our Vitamin B Complex combines all of the eight major B vitamins together in their ideal proportions.
Organically bound, these B vitamins also contain their co-factors and coenzymes to optimize their bioavailability.
Because it is biologically active, this complex of vitamins can go to work in your body right away.* Plus, it lasts longer than typical isolated vitamins.
Vitamins don’t exist as isolated compounds in nature. They depend on their co-factors and coenzymes to interact with other vitamins. This is particularly true for B vitamins, as their coenzymes are involved in all metabolic processes in your body.
Your metabolism and overall health depend on you being able to get complete nutrients for your body to use.
Our Vitamin B Complex uses PANMOL®, a unique patented formula that provides the complete complex of B vitamins in an organically bound and biologically active form that you would normally only find in wheat germ or whole grain cereals.
How does this work, you may be wondering? The secret is in the plant matrix used to create them.
An Innovative Organic Processing Method That Yields Bioavailable and Biologically Active B Vitamins
When it comes to getting vitamins from the source to your cabinet, processing has a big effect on potency. It’s important to pay attention to how your vitamins are produced and how that may affect your body’s ability to actually use what’s in the capsule.
For Vitamin B Complex, we’ve partnered with a lab outside of Lungau, Austria that’s doing something very innovative – so unique they’ve patented the process.
They’re creating bioavailable and biologically active B vitamins in a matrix of sprouts grown from organic quinoa seeds.
Here’s how it works...
To make their patented formula, PANMOL®, they start with the eight major B vitamins in their synthetic bio-identical form and organic quinoa, an ancient gluten-free seed that’s closely related to spinach and beets.
The B vitamins are added to the water used for sprouting the quinoa seeds. During the sprouting process, the sprouts take up the vitamin-saturated “broth” and incorporate it into the plant.
When the sprouts reach the ideal stage, they’re harvested, dried and powdered. The end result is a B vitamin complex that:
- Is organically bound to the plant for food-based benefits.
- Contains the eight familiar B vitamins and a multitude of well-balanced and biologically active B vitamins complete with co-factors and coenzymes.
- May be better absorbed in your body than regular isolated synthetic B vitamins.*
PANMOL® also maximizes the availability of vitamin B12. It starts with a mixture of methylcobalamin, cyanocobalamin and adenosylcobalamin (which is converted methylcobalamin).
The resulting form in the harvested complex is labeled cobalamin and includes all the different forms. Because it is now organically bound to the plant and no longer in isolated form, the B12 that is produced is improved from the starting materials.
By using this patented stage-by-stage procedure, this lab has been able to develop a concentrated and complex life source of micronutrients that until now has never been achieved in biological research and production.
But we didn’t stop at finding the most biologically active vitamin B complex available.* We added one more special nutrient to our unique formula…
Japanese Benfotiamine Enhances Bioavailability and Cellular Support*
European doctors have been using a little known form of vitamin B1, or thiamine, for decades. This special form is valued for its ability to:
- Support healthy endothelial function and cardiovascular health.*
- Help protect against oxidative stress of brain and nerve tissue.*
- Support healthy cardiac muscle cell function.*
- Support healthy kidney function.*
- Support healthy vision.*
What’s truly unique about benfotiamine is that it is fat-soluble. This unusual trait allows it to enter your cells with much greater ease than regular water-soluble thiamine. It also remains active in your body for a longer time.
Because benfotiamine passes through cell membranes so easily, it has an enhanced bioavailability and bioactivity potential to help protect cells, tissues and organs.*
Thiamine is important for supporting your cognitive function, nervous and musculoskeletal systems, and digestion.*
In addition to its health benefits, thiamine also provides metabolic benefits.
It plays an important role in converting carbohydrates and fats into glucose, which is a main source of fuel for your body.* Whenever you eat simple carbohydrates or sugars that your body turns into glucose, you automatically need more thiamine to process it.
Supplementing with benfotiamine promotes healthy thiamine levels in your body, supporting all these important functions.
Another key benefit of benfotiamine is its ability to promote optimal production of an important enzyme called thiamine pyrophosphate, or TPP.
This is what makes benfotiamine especially valuable. TPP plays a role in protecting you from the formation of toxic substances in your body. Studies show that benfotiamine disrupts three major pathways that can lead to the formation of several types of toxic substances, including advanced glycation end products (AGEs).*
Benfotiamine steps up the bioavailability of the vitamin B1 in Vitamin B Complex, enhancing its ability to support vibrant cellular health.*
Boost Your Health and Metabolism with Our Advanced Formula of Bioactive, Bioavailable B Vitamins
This one-of-a-kind B vitamin complex offers an outstanding option for B vitamin supplementation.* Combining innovative processing that enhances the potential for absorption, with a cutting edge form of thiamine, it stands apart from others on the market.
Our Vitamin B Complex offers many exceptional benefits. This truly unique product:
- Contains the patented PANMOL® Vitamin B complex.
- Is produced using a process where the B vitamins are organically bound to the quinoa sprouts for enhanced bioavailability and potential benefits.*
- Contains more than just the eight familiar B vitamins – It contains a multitude of well-balanced and biologically active B vitamins complete with co-factors and coenzymes.
- May be better absorbed in your body than regular isolated synthetic B vitamins.*
- Contains fat-soluble Benfotiamine, which can cross cell membranes with greater ease for enhanced thiamine bioavailability and cellular support in your body and brain.*
We’ve known for decades that the B complex of vitamins is essential for a healthy body and brain. Yet, what researchers are now discovering is remarkable.
The potential benefits they have uncovered go well beyond what we understood even ten years ago. Supplementing with B vitamins is a proactive way for you to take control of your health.*
Order your supply of Vitamin B Complex today, and see what extra bioavailable B vitamins can do for your life.