Scientists have discovered a link between Vitamin B deficiencies and Depression. So, let’s jump right in and see what we
can learn about this group of B’s.
They help maintain normal brain function, they are water soluble and you need to get some in your body every day.
Vitamin B-1 (thiamine), if found to be deficient can bring on fear, confusion, moodiness and a general feeling of
Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) is responsible for more deficiencies than any of the other B’s. This will be noticed by fatigue
and concentration difficulties. Dairy products are loaded with B-2 and if you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disease
you will probably have a B-2 problem too.
Vitamin B-3 (niacin) levels will be tough to maintain if you like to eat a lot of starches. Niacin forms serotonin,
dopamine and histamine and deficiencies can show up by irritability, anxiety and mental sluggishness. Niacin supports the
nervous system, memory and mental health. Foods that are good sources of B-3 are fish, liver, poultry, red meat, cereals,
nuts, seeds, leafy greens and asparagus.
Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) is found in many of the foods that we eat, but is mostly lost in the cooking process. Low
B-5 levels can bring on insomnia, headaches, moodiness and depression. Alcohol and stress can deplete your body of B-5.
You can boost B-5 levels by eating beef, pork, fish, kidney, liver, brewers yeast, mushrooms, fresh vegetables, nuts, eggs,
whole wheat and rye. It is starting to look like the B-group is a pretty important part of your daily regimen and your
Lets not forget about B-6 and B-12, I will discuss them in detail in my next blogpost.
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