B Vitamin Trivia [Part Seven] B5 or Pantothenic acid Deficiency

Pantothenic acid / Pantethine Deficiency [Vitamin B5]

~Fatigue

Do you have chronic Fatigue?

Do you have trouble losing weight?

~Autoimmune problems and Arthritis

Are seasonal allergies a problem?

Do you have shooting pains in your feet?

Is joint pain an ongoing problem?

Do you have RA, Lupus or Psoriasis?

Are you taking prednisone or another strong medication?

Are you relying on Anti-inflammatory medication to get through your routine?

Do you have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s disease?

Been diagnosed with Gout?

Uric acid level been elevated?

[Calcium pantothenate breaks down excess uric acid]

~Heart Disease Risk

Is your cholesterol off the charts?

Has diet alone not improved you cholesterol and triglyceride numbers?

Has cholesterol medication made you sick?

Do you worry about potential drug side effects?

[Pantethine can work as well as cholesterol meds without toxicity]

~Adrenal Stress/Allergies and Skin problems

Do you have more allergies than you used to?

Is acne suddenly a problem again?

Is your hair turning gray?

Do you have slow healing wounds?

Do you find daily stress is getting you down?

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If any of these questions have you nodding then you need to learn about the benefits of Pantothenic acid and its active form Pantethine [actually two pantothenic molecules joined together].

Adrenal Health

The adrenal glands produce sex hormones [testosterone,estrogen progesterone etc], stress hormones [cortisone and adrenaline] and the fluid balancing aldosterone.

If Pantothenic acid/Pantethine is lacking the adrenal glands don’t function properly.

Interesting side note: in Pantothenic acid deficient mice there is loss of hair color [graying or white hair].

Heart disease

Dozens of studies show B5 can help improve cholesterol levels.

In one study [Pantethine 900 mg per day] there was a reduction of total cholesterol by 19%, 21% drop in LDL, 23% increase in the beneficial HDL and a 23% decrease in triglycerides.

From Dr Atkin’s Vita-Nutrient Solution
“Pantethine protects the heart and arteries in other ways. It encourages the production of enzymes that help break down blood fats and contributes to vitamin E’s action against cholesterol buildup. Pantethine is one of the few nutrients that increases the amount of clot-busting omega-3 fatty acids and reduces clot-promoting fats in cell membranes.”

Autoimmune Disorders

Those with allergies, asthma, lupus, psoriasis as well as RA can benefit from Pantethine and pantothenic acid.

Arthritis patients can reduce their reliance on strong medications like prednisone and possibly some of the stronger “chemotherapy” agents that are so popular today.

Pantethine/pantothenic acid should be only a part of a complete “Vita-Nutrient Approach” to these serious conditions.

Often times medications are required to control symptoms and prevent permanent damage, but a “diet first” philosophy makes the most sense.

Crohn’s disease and Colitis

“Normal” levels pantothenic acid in the diet and subsequently the blood stream do not provide adequate levels in the intestinal lining.
However, taking Pantethine along with Pantothenic acid [900 mg of each] can give relief of inflammation and symptoms in a week in many people with these conditions.

Pantothenic acid alone can be beneficial to Acne, gout, weight loss and symptoms of burning food syndrome.

The typical B Complex – B100 contains 100mg of calcium pantothenate.

For Cholesterol and Heart disease, Colitis and Crohn’s disease and other Autoimmune disorders the more expensive Pantethine is recommended.

I usually recommend taking a B complex vitamn like B100 – 1-2 pills am and pm.

Food sources are inadequate to maintain optimal levels of Pantethine in the body.

Dietary sources include whole grains, legumes, eggs, avocado, meat and liver. However, on close examination these foods contain less than one milligram per serving !!!

It is important to take the B vitamins together; as in a B Complex supplement, “B100” or “B150” are common formulations.

It is best to take the B’s twice a day.

Sugar depletes the B vitamins.

Studies show it is difficult to get enough B vitamins from foods alone.

Also, take a quality Multiple vitamin/mineral supplement [ask for a product with chelated minerals]

Feel free to message me or leave a comment or concern.
[Or if you have a topic that interests you]

B Vitamin Trivia [Part Six] B12 Deficiency

B12 – The Vitality Shot

B12 Deficiency is not uncommon

We can ALL benefit from taking additional B12

B12 deficiency leads to Pernicious Anemia and a long list of other illnesses.

Sub-Optimal levels of B12 can cause an even longer list of problems.

~Heart and Blood Vessel Health

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Have you heard of elevated serum Homocysteine being a risk factor for Stroke and Heart disease?

Do you have an elevated serum Homocysteine level?

Did you know that B12 along with B6 and B9 reduces Homocysteine levels to safe levels?

~Insomnia

Do you have trouble getting to sleep?

Do you awaken in the middle of the night?

Having trouble sleeping all night?

Have you heard of melatonin? [Melatonin regulates our sleep cycles]

Did you know B12 is needed for your body to make melatonin?

~Low Blood pressure

Is your blood pressure less than 120/80?

Do you get light headed when you stand suddenly?

Are you prone to fainting?

Are frequently tired when others are not?

Have your heard that B12 can improve low blood pressure in 2-3 weeks?

~Dieting Issues and Difficulty Losing Weight

Do you have frequent indigestion?

Has your METABOLISM “slowed” down?

Is that extra weight you’ve gained been especially resistant to dieting?

Are you tired all the time?

Does it seem that your hair and nails don’t grow as well as they used to?

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? [Be aware you are at risk for B12 deficiency]

~Brain, Nerve and Pain problems

Do you have ringing in your ears?

Has your ability to hear changed?

Do you or someone you know have neuropathy pain?

Did you know that B12 deficiency can cause neuropathy?

Have you had the shingles and now have persistent pain?

Is your thinking not as clear as it once was?

What about memory lapses or confusion?

Have you had depression?

Do you know anyone with Alzheimer’s MS or Lou Gehrig’s? [B12 can help in many cases]

Did you know that B12 deficiency can “mimic” these conditions? [Resulting in misdiagnosis]

~Fertility and Reproduction

Have you had difficulty getting pregnant? [B12 helps women and men]

Did you know B12 helps with low sperm counts?

Have you had unexplained missed periods? [B12 may be to blame]

Side note here: Low Vitamin C levels can lead to missed periods as well – be suspicious if you are also bruising easily.

~Allergies/Asthma/Skin Problems

Have you had ongoing dermatitis?

Is eczema or psoriasis a condition you have?

Have you had episodes of hives or urticaria?

Have you ever been to the emergency room for your hives?

Do you have episodes of wheezing?

Do you have Asthma or know someone who does?

Have you ever been hospitalized for asthma? [ usually indicates a more serious case]

Did you know people can die of asthma? [Proper diet and nutrition can prevent this]
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If you have answered some of these questions in the affirmative you are not alone.

We can all use more B12. Diet First should always be our goal.

Unfortunately, to get optimal amount of B12 supplements are usually necessary if we are lacking.

[Interesting side note: Unlike other B vitamins, we can store B12 for long periods in the kidneys and liver]

Let’s survey some food sources of B12

Diet sources [ Remember ->100 grams = 3.5 ounces and 1000mcg = 1 mg]

Lamb liver contains 100mcper per 100 gram serving [3.5 ounces]
Clams 98mcg
Calf liver 60 mcg
Oysters 18mcg
Sardines 17 mcg
Eggs 2 mcg
Tuna 3mcg
Swiss cheese 1.8 [none in American cheese !!]
Cheddar cheese 1 mcg

So, as we can see from these examples it can be difficult to achieve optimal levels of B12 from foods alone.

To have an accurate idea of your B12 level a blood test is needed .

Doses for B12 range from 100mcg for the average person to 400mcg in their 60’s .

Progressive doctors use as much as 60 mg or 60,000ncg in some MS patients.

B12 is extremely safe, even in huge doses. No toxicity has ever been reported.

B12 needs to be part of a comprehensive nutrient plan; B complex and B9 are especially important.

You should take 1,000mcg or 1 mg of B9 along with your B12.

I think 1,000mcg or 1 mg of B12 is advisable for the average adult.

There are a few options to consider:

Taking B12 orally works well for most people.

Chewing or letting the tablets dissolve will increase absorption, as do liquid preparations.

There are “activated” versions available [more expensive and usually unnecessary]

Some conditions demand quicker results , so an injection of B12 may better with more severe neuropathy, symptomatic asthma, acute viral infections [like hepatitis].

Remember……

Take a B complex supplement along with your B12.

Do not take B12 without also taking B9 [folate] to avoid masking a B9 deficiency.

Elevated serum Homocysteine has emerged as a BIG risk factor for heart disease, stroke and a list of other conditions.

The good news is that B6, B9 and B12 supplementation reliably drops Homocysteine into a healthy zone.

It is important to take the B vitamins together; as in a B Complex supplement, “B100” or “B150” are common formulations.

It is best to take the B’s twice a day.

Sugar depletes the B vitamins.

Studies show it is difficult to get enough B vitamins from foods alone.

Take a quality Multiple vitamin/mineral supplement [ask for a product with chelated minerals]

Feel free to message me or leave a comment or concern.
[Or if you have a topic that interests you]

B Vitamin Trivia [Part Five] B9 or Folic Acid Deficiency

B9 : Our most significant deficiency

B9 [Folic Acid] Deficiency

~Nerve and Brain function

Have you had episodes of depression?

Are you not as “sharp” as you once were?

Do you have restless leg syndrome?

What about neuropathy or nerve pain?

Chronic fatigue trouble you?

Have you had a seizure?

Do you know someone with Parkinson’s disease?

~Bone, Reproductive and Hormone Health

Are your bones on your mind?

Have you been diagnosed with brittle bones?

What about Osteopenia?

Do you have hormonal irregularity?

Does your Libido need a boost?

Has Acne re-appeared in your life?

Has arthritis and joint pain become an issue?

Have you had Cervical Dysplasia or abnormal Pap smears?

Are you concerned about possible infertility or birth defects?

~Gastrointestinal Disorders

Do occasionally have mouth ulcers/canker sores?

Have you had episodes of unexplained diarrhea and constipation?

Do you have Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis ?

~ Heart and Artery Health

Have you had your serum Homocysteine level checked?

[If elevated Homocysteine levels in the blood increase your risk of heart attack and stroke]

Have you heard the B9 can reduce your risk of Heart Disease?

~Skin Conditions

Do you have Psoriasis?

Acne, is it troubling you?

Do you know anyone with Vitiligo or loss of skin pigment?

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If you answered yes to any of these queries you are familiar with some symptoms of B9 [Folic acid] depletion.

Everyone can benefit from B9 supplementation.

It has been argued that the ideal amount of Folate [B9] for optimal health is 3-8 milligrams per day [not micrograms]. 

This is virtually impossible to achieve with diet alone.

Cooking kills up to 90% of Folic acid [B9]

If you eat one pound of Kale you’ll only get 336 micrograms [mcg] or about 1/3 of a milligram.

One pound of Broccoli yields 243 mcg

Asparagus – 528mcg per pound

The government has set the maximum dose per pill at 800mcg; an effort to avoid the “masking” of B12 deficiency’s anemia. A better recommendation is to ALWAYS take B12 anytime you take B9.

B9 is very safe and 100% non-toxic

[Message me for more specific direction]

B Complex supplements include B9. 

Some conditions will benefit from taking a separate B9 supplement.

Historically, B9 deficiency was linked to birth defects in 1954. Various studies confirmed this suspicion from 1960 until 1992 when the US Public Health Service issued a recommendation that all US women of child bearing age capable of getting pregnant should consume 400mcg of folic acid.

Rhetorically – What other ungiven “recommendations” could help us stay healthier and avoid serious illness?

Remember……

Elevated serum Homocysteine has emerged as a BIG risk factor for heart disease, stroke and a list of other conditions. 

The good news is that B6, B9 and B12 supplementation reliably drops Homocysteine into a healthy zone.

It is important to take the B vitamins together; as in a B Complex supplement, “B100” or “B150” are common formulations. 

It is best to take the B’s twice a day.

Sugar depletes the B vitamins.

Studies show it is difficult to get enough B vitamins from foods alone.

Take a quality Multiple vitamin/mineral supplement [ask for a product with chelated minerals]

Feel free to message me or leave a comment or concern.
[Or if you have a topic that interests you for me to address]

B Vitamin Trivia [Part Four] B6 or Pyridoxine Deficiency

B6:The Most Essential B vitamin

B6 [Pyridoxine Deficiency] 

~Immune System weakness

Are you prone to recurrent infections?

Do you have yeast infections?

~Bone and Calcium Health

What about Osteoporosis?

Are you worried about your bone health?

Did you know the B vitamins help build healthy bones?

[Low levels of B6, B9 and B12 will cause Osteoporosis in rats]

~Hormone Problems

Is PMS part of your monthly routine?

Are your hormones out of whack?

[B6 is required for proper estrogen balance]

~Brain/Mental/Psychological Health

Do you have depression? 

What about ADD/ADHD?

Anybody in your family have epilepsy or seizures?

~Diabetes

Do you have Diabetes?

Are you concerned about your glycosylated hemoglobin aka hemoglobin A1c?

Did you know B6 helps balance your blood sugar?

~Heart Disease

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Is your serum Homocysteine level elevated? 

Did you know that elevated serum Homocysteine was a risk factor to heart disease?

[It has been shown that taking Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 will normalize Homocysteine levels]

~Asthma

Do you have Asthma?

Do you have bouts of wheezing coughs?

Do you have wheezing every time you have a chest cold?

[Low B6 levels can cause wheezing/bronchospasm]

~Muscle Function

Do you have muscle spasms?

A tendency to develop leg cramps?

Have you ever been awakened by a leg cramp?

~Kidney Stones

Have you had kidney stones?

Are they calcium oxalate stones?

Have you heard B6 can help prevent recurrent stones?

~Joint and Hand pain

Carpal tunnel syndrome troubling you?

Are you suffering with nightly wrist and hand pain/numbness?

Have been told you need surgery to relieve the pain?

~Acne and Skin complexion

Do you have Acne ? Mild or severe?

Do you have Adult acne?

Have OTC and even prescription medications failed you?

If any or many of these questions prompted a nod or two; Vitamin B6 [pyridoxine] deficiency could be playing a role. 

Raising B6 levels from minimal to optimal levels can be the difference between health and sickness.

B6 can help many conditions. If you need specific advice message me; I can give you a quick list of accessory supplements plus do’s and don’ts. [I plan to write a series on various ailments soon.]

As long as B6 [pyridoxine] is taken with the other B complex vitamins and magnesium it is 100% nontoxic. If taken alone [in the absence of the companion nutrients] people can develop a reversible sensory neuropathy [numbness or tingling in the extremities].

Taking the “Activated” version of B6 [pyridoxal-5-phosphate] helps to improve B6 levels much faster, usually within 2 weeks vs 3-4 months with standard B6. 

Remember……

It is important to take the B vitamins together; as in a B Complex supplement, “B100” or “B150” are common formulations. 

It is best to take the B’s twice a day.

Sugar depletes the B vitamins.

Studies show it is difficult to get enough B vitamins from foods alone.

Take a quality Multiple vitamin/mineral supplement [ask for a product with chelated minerals]

Message me or comment your questions or concerns and I will respond as quickly as possible.

B Vitamin [Trivia Part Three] B3 or Niacin Deficiency

B3 [Niacin Deficiency]

~Skin Rashes

Do you have a scaly rash that doesn’t respond to cortisone creams or anti-fungal medicine?

Have you had a “Butterfly Rash” on your face?

~Arthritis 

Do you have Rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis?

Do you have nagging joint pain?

~Diabetes

Do you know someone who was recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, Insulin dependent type?

~Cholesterol

Is your cholesterol out of whack?

Has diet and exercise failed to help your cholesterol numbers?

~Anxiety/Dementia/Confusion

Do you have ongoing anxiety or nervousness?

Is your ability to focus and concentrate less than it used to be?

Do you know someone with Schizophrenia or related conditions?

~Circulation

Do your hands have periodic circulatory problems [Raynaud’s phenomenon]?

Do you have pain when you walk [intermittent claudication] ?

If any or many of these questions resulted in a nod or two; Niacin [VitaminB3] deficiency may be the culprit.

There are three forms of Niacin or Vitamin B3

~Niacin (nicotinic acid)

~Inositol hexanicotinate [referred to as IHN – it is a true No-Flush version] 

~Nicotinamide.[known as Niacinamide]

Niacin and IHN are used for Cholesterol and triglycerides, B3 deficiency rashes, Raynaud’s and other circulation problems as well as various mental issues.

Niacinamide is frequently used for recent onset Type I Diabetes, arthritis and is also paired with Niacin for Schizophrenia.

“Time released” niacin products are best avoided; these are given to avoid the harmless and transient skin flushing seen with Niacin [not seen with Niacinamide]. Unfortunately some of the slow release or delayed release products have been associated with liver problems.

A far better choice is IHN [Inositol hexanicotinate] to completely eliminate this “flushing” problem.

Remember……

It is important to take the B vitamins together; as in a B Complex supplement, “B100” or “B150” are common formulations. 

It is best to take the B’s twice a day.

Sugar depletes the B vitamins and studies show it is difficult to get enough B vitamins from foods alone.

Message me or comment your questions or concerns and I will respond ASAP.

B Vitamin Trivia [Part Two] B2 or Riboflavin Deficiency

Vitamin B2 [Riboflavin] Deficiency

~ Cheilosis

Do you have chapped lips?

Can you not live without Carmex or Chap Stick?

~ Fatigue/Thyroid problems

Are you always tired?

Does your temperature run low? [less than 97.8]

If so, you are probably lacking Riboflavin or Vitamin B2.

Sugar depletes all the B vitamins, FYI.

It is difficult to get enough B vitamins from foods, studies show.

B2 is needed to activate B6, so many people who are short on B2 will develop a secondary B6 deficiency which is much more serious [Asthma, Kidney Stones, Muscle Spasm, Heart Disease and more]

If you have a severe case of B2 deficiency there are “activated’ versions of B2 available that work quickly [in less than a week].

Most people respond to simply taking a quality B Complex supplement, “B100” or “B150” are common formulations. It is best to take the B’s twice a day.

Message me or comment your questions or concerns and I will respond ASAP.

B Vitamin Trivia [Part One] B1 or Thiamin Deficiency

B1 or Thiamin deficiency symptoms:

~ Noise Hyper-sensitivity

Do little noises irritate you?

Crackling/crinkling/clicking sounds get on your nerves?

~ Immune Weakness

Are you sick more than your co-workers or other family members?

~ Pain Syndromes/Pain Hyper-sensitivity

Do you have a pain syndrome that won’t go away?

Do you have pain where you once had the shingles?

Neuropathy symptoms trouble you?

Do you have Migraine headaches?

Do you have dental pain but a normal dental exam?

If you have any or many of these symptoms you will almost certainly benefit from additional Thiamin [B1]

When you develop certain symptoms individual B’s may be needed in higher amounts [like B1] to re-establish proper levels.

Always take a B complex supplement to keep your B’s in balance.

[B Complex =B1 , B2 , B3 , B6 , folic acid, B12 , pantothenic acid, and biotin.]

There is no toxicity of B vitamins if taken together.

Message me if you have questions or concerns and I will respond in a post and/or private message.