The best vitamin B sources are real food. Most of those in tablet form don’t even come close. Not only can they be a waste of money, they can do you harm. But this vitamin is vital to good health and deficiencies are common.
Vitamin B is a nutrient you need on a daily basis. It is easily and quickly used up and isn’t made by your body. There is a wide range of this vitamin, categorised by their number. The combination is known as a complex and comprises of all eight.
Although I think it is very clever to isolate these nutrients into what they are required by the body for, I also think the information is largely superfluous. Those who are so distanced from nature and her bounty, that they rely on the information of others, which can and often is misleading, are not going to experience good health long term.
If you are more in tune with nature, then you will know the importance of real food instinctively. Moreover, you will be drawn to what you need. You don’t need to know why or what it contains.
Your requirements will also change on a daily basis. A more stressful day, and you are likely to need more. If you are taking any medication, particularly if this is daily or ongoing, then you will need much more, as all medication depletes the nutrients in your body.
Some common vitamin B deficiencies include mental health problems such as dementia, depression and memory loss, low energy, chronic or local inflammation, heart disease, a low immune response, frequent infections, the list is endless.
It is possible to experience a boost when you take a vitamin B supplement. But your body, your digestion is not equipped with the necessary tools to process and assimilate a synthetic nutrient, make in a laboratory, often from questionable sources, in isolation from all the supporting nutrients.
Natural vitamin B sources, found in real food, are easily digested, easily processed and easily used by your body. Your body has evolved to know exactly what to do with these nutrients. They are in a complex form, each nutrient supporting the others.
The natural sources of vitamin B often accompany those foods high in protein. For this reason, it is considered that those who eat meat regularly get a sufficient amount, whilst vegans tend to go short. This is a myth.
Cooking and processing meat alters the protein and damages the nutrients. It is more likely that vegans consume the best foods which are able to provide their daily requirements.
The best vitamin B sources are green leafy vegetables, other green vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus, practically every other fresh fruit and vegetable, nuts, seeds and legumes. Superfoods, such as blue-green algae are the only supplements which are in natural balance.
It is impossible to overdose on a natural supply of nutrients, whereas it is easy and common to overdose on synthetic supplements, often with unknown or unrecognised symptoms.
Don’t be hoodwinked into thinking that those foods fortified with vitamin B complex are any better than the supplements. These are all isolated and synthetic. Common fortified foods are breads and cereals, both of which are heavily processed leading to a multitude of other health problems.
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