Acid blockers for acid reflux rob the body of Zinc and B vitamins. (A lack of B vitamins can cause all kinds of problems including teeth grinding-- which can cause headaches and make your mouth and neck extremely sore.)
B vitamins keep your body running properly. Just about all of the body's functions rely on B vitamins to perform, from the brain to the heart to just about every other organ in the body.
B vitamins are especially important when we're stressed. If you're under chronic stress, look into taking extra B vitamins.
Because the complex of B vitamins are so critical to ones health (as you can see by scannning below) it is important to take a full complex of them. (Wal-Mart sells a B-150 complex that has them all in there. 150 means 150% of just the bare minimum daily requirement. If I have had stress I will take two or three the first day.)
- Thiamine (B1) the body needs it to keep all of its cells functioning correctly. The nervous system, in particular, depends on it. It's especially important for memory and general mental health and is one of the B vitamins needed to convert food into energy. Thiamine deficiencies can be caused by alcohol or over-consumption of coffee or tea (we're talking about a LOT of coffee or tea.)
- Riboflavin ( B2) - essential for converting the food we eat to energy. You cannot break down and use proteins, fats and carbohydrates without this B vitamin, and our red blood cells need it to function as well.
- Niacin (or B3) -responsible for more than fifty bodily processes. It helps remove toxins from the body and is a major aid to the making of hormones, including steroid hormones, sex hormones and stress-related hormones. Niacin deficiency leads to pellagra, a disease that used to run rampant in the American South where corn--the only grain low in niacin--was the staple food. Niacin- helps balance "good" and "bad" cholesterol levels, and is sometimes prescribed for hyperlipidemia--too much fatty acid in the blood.
- Pantothenic acid ( B5) a critical vitamin works with several other B vitamins for a number of essential processes including breaking down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy and is also the B vitamin that is needed to form vitamin D, a variety of hormones, and red blood cells.
- Pyridoxine (B6) balances sodium and potassium in the body--a critical balance. It is the B vitamin largely responsible for changing amino acids into more than five thousand proteins needed by the body. And it is the B vitamin needed for the body to make serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline--enzymes without which we can become depressed or anxious. B6 is also critical to making hemoglobin, the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues, and is crucial to the immune system. It's also part of a system that can make niacin if your body is deficient in it.
- Biotin (B7)- necessary for converting food to energy and for cell growth. Biotin helps regulate blood sugar, and has been the subject of diabetes studies. Often recommended for strengthening nails and hair.
- Folic acid (B9)- necessary to make natural chemicals which control the appetite, moods and quality of sleep. It is also the best B vitamin for helping lower the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke by keeping the arteries open. It's often prescribed to heart patients.
- Cobalamin (B12) - used in turning food into energy, is also vital in forming the protective covering of nerve cells and to keep red blood cells healthy, and help prevent heart disease. Also believed to help with insomnia.
- Deficiency of B12 can mean depression, and if left unchecked can cause nerve damage.
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Last edited by girltalk; 09-01-2007 at 07:05 PM. Reason: spelling