B vitamins: an indispensable team

Did you know that folic acid belongs to the group of B vitamins? If you didn’t, you are not alone. This essential nutrient is much better known under the name “folic acid” than under its number in the vitamin B group: vitamin B9.

Vitamin B is a complex issue – literally – as the eight substances of which it is composed, officially known as the B vitamins, are also called the vitamin B complex. These include:

B1  Thiamine
B2  Riboflavin
B3  Niacin
B5  Pantothenic acid
B6  Pyridoxine
B7  Biotin
B9  Folic acid / folate
B12  Cobalamin

Even though each B vitamin has its own tasks, they work together as a team in many processes.

Who needs additional B vitamins?

  • Pregnant and nursing women
  • Vegetarians and vegans (vitamin B12)
  • Manual labourers and athletes
  • People under a lot of stress
  • Elderly people
  • People on regular medication
  • Women on oral contraception (the pill)
  • People with specific chronic diseases (e.g. gastrointestinal illnesses or absorption and digestive disorders)
  • People with elevated alcohol consumption / alcoholics
  • Smokers

Which dietary supplement?

It may be recommendable to take a dietary supplement if you have an increased need for or are lacking in B vitamins and this cannot be covered by your normal diet.

Since the B vitamins work closely together in the body, we recommend taking a combination that contains the entire vitamin B complex and also supplies some metabolically active coenzymes.

For people with a sensitivity to yeast, the basis of numerous vitamin B products, we recommend a natural alternative found in products based on quinoa, for instance in Pro Vita B Complete by TISSO.