Did you have enough vitamin B today?

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All the B vitamins – eight in number – play important roles in the body that include converting food into energy. The lack of any of the B vitamins will adversely affect your health.

Key takeaways:

  • Vitamin B6 obtained from milk, whole grain and poultry is important for boosting red blood cell production, energy metabolism, healthy immune system, and for hormone regulation.
  • Vitamin B2 is important for healthy skins and eyes, for cell growth and repair, and for nervous system function. It is obtained from meat and offal, whole grains and dark leafy vegetables.
  • Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) can be found in green leafy vegetables, whole grains and beans. It plays a critical role in the production of red blood cells and foetal development.

Niacin is important for a healthy metabolism. It helps your body process fats and protein efficiently, as well as helping maintain healthy digestion, skin and nerves. It’s fairly rare to be deficient in vitamin B3, but signs include skin problems, indigestion, diarrhoea and fatigue.

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