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:
B5 Pantothenic acid
B9 Folic acid / folate
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
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.