Discover The Power of B Vitamin IV Nutrient Drips
If you have ever wondered about B Vitamins, we outline below some of the B Vitamin names as well as some of the key roles they play in improving and protecting health.
What are the B Vitamins?
VITAMIN B1: THIAMINE
Vitamin B1 supports cellular energy production and nerve conduction. It is a component of B-Complex. Common causes of B1 deficiency include:
- Restricted Diets
- Excessive Alcohol Intake
- Malabsorption Syndromes
This can lead to irritability, depression, nausea, peripheral neuropathy, constipation, loss of appetite, mental confusion, loss of fine motor control, and muscle weakness. It is a component of B-Complex.
VITAMIN B2: RIBOFLAVIN
Vitamin B2 is essential for cellular energy production and respiration. Deficiency may cause depression, dizziness, photophobia, and dermatitis. It may be beneficial in relieving headache, migraine, and acne rosacea. A component of B-Complex.
VITAMIN B3: NIACINAMIDE
Vitamin B3 is needed for cellular energy. It helps release energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Clinical signs of early deficiency include:
- Muscle Fatigue
- Skin Issues.
Contraindicated in liver failure. A component of B-Complex.
VITAMIN B5: DEXPANTHENOL
Dexpanthenol acts as a precursor to coenzyme A. It supports adrenal function, stimulates wound healing, and may help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lower cholesterol, and reduce platelet stickiness. It is contraindicated with hemophilia as it may exacerbate bleeding. A component of B-Complex.
VITAMIN B6: PYRIDOXINE
This “anti-stress vitamin” is important for a healthy immune system, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. It aids in metabolism, heme (blood) synthesis, and neurotransmitter production. Supplementation may benefit learning disorders including ADHD, aid in weight loss, stabilize blood sugar, promote healthy skin, balance the mood (as it is needed in the formation of serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitters), prevent kidney stone formation, atherosclerosis and fatigue, alleviate nausea due to pregnancy and menopause, and reduce symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, as well as PMS including breast tenderness, cramps, anxiety and depression.
It is especially indicated for athletes — pre-exercise for an energy boost or post-exercise for its anti-inflammatory effects — and women with PMS symptoms, as it helps alleviate cramps and menstrual migraines quickly. Some research suggests that B6 may lower the risk of colon cancer.
Together with vitamin B12 and Folic Acid, it may help reduce homocysteine levels (elevated levels can lead to cardiovascular disease and is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease). Deficiency can be caused by excessive alcohol intake and use of birth control pills. High dose vitamin B6 should be combined with synergistic B vitamins to ensure adequate levels of all the B vitamins, preventing imbalances or deficiencies in any one of the B vitamins.
Greater than 250-300 mg per day may eventually cause sensory nerve damage leading to numbness in the hands and feet as well as walking difficulties. Its use is contraindicated with the medication L-Dopa (Levodopa) in patients with Parkinson’s Disease, as it may diminish the effectiveness of the medication.
VITAMIN B7: BIOTIN
Biotin is also known as vitamin H or coenzyme R. It is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrate and fat and can help address high blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and may be helpful in maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails.
Biotin plays a role in energy metabolism and has been used to treat alopecia (hair loss), cancer Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, seborrheic dermatitis, and vaginal candidiasis. No toxicity has been reported with biotin intake.
VITAMIN B8: INOSITOL
Inositol is sometimes known as vitamin B-8, although its status as a B vitamin is unclear. It is a naturally occurring nutrient usually classified as a carbocyclic polyol. It plays a major role in preventing the collection of fats in the liver, as well as promoting healthy hair growth. It aids in efficient processing of nutrients into the conversion of energy, which in turn helps the body to maintain a healthy metabolism.
It may help serotonin production, which controls mood and appetite, and may help with stress and conditions such as panic disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), psoriasis, insomnia, and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol). There are no reports of inositol induced toxicity. Caution in people with bipolar depression.
VITAMIN B9: FOLIC ACID / FOLATE
This B vitamin is needed to produce blood cells and other new tissue cells. Folate function is necessary to help prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy and accumulation of homocysteine, which is a toxic metabolic byproduct linked to cardiovascular disease and connective tissue abnormalities.
VITAMIN B12: METHYLCOBALAMIN / HYDROXOCOBALAMIN
We use only bioactive vitamin B12, meaning that the body doesn’t have to convert it to a form that’s available for the body to utilize. Bioactive B12 crosses the blood brain barrier to affect brain function directly. B12 plays an important role in red blood cell formation, brain and nervous system function, and immune system regulation.
It’s known to help increase energy, boost metabolism, support weight loss, lower homocysteine levels (elevated levels can lead to cardiovascular disease and is linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease), enhance mood, support the immune system, provide mental clarity, promote deeper sleep, and improve stamina. It may benefit pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis, diabetic nerve damage, alcoholic polyneuropathy, neurological disorders, peripheral neuropathy, shingles, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, headache, migraine, and hangover.
Vegans and Vegetarians, or those who don’t eat much red meat, people with inflammatory intestinal conditions, those who have had intestinal resection at the terminal ileum, and people who have used medications such as antibiotics, Metformin, H2 blockers (acid blockers), and PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are the most likely to be deficient in vitamin B12. Deficiency symptoms may include megaloblastic anemia, peripheral neuropathy, irritability, dementia, depression, psychosis, and increased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.
Injections of B12 act better therapeutically than oral supplementation (which relies on healthy gut tissue for absorption at the terminal ileum) and IV solutions (where much of B12 gets excreted quickly by the kidneys).
B-COMPLEX: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6
This is a combination of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacinamide), vitamin B5 (dexpanthenol), and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). All B vitamins help the body convert carbohydrates into glucose, which is “burned” to produce energy. B vitamins are essential in the breakdown of fats and protein in food, and play an important role in maintaining muscle tone lining the digestive tract and promoting the health of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver. Caution should be taken for those with liver disease and those taking the medication L-Dopa (Levodopa) due to vitamin B3 and B6 respectively.
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