B Vitamins Part 1. B Vitamins and mental health


So What Are B Vitamins ?

B Vitamins are not just a single vitamin but a set of vitamins grouped together.
Vitamin B is water soluble whereas Vitamin D, A and E etc are only fat soluble.
Many of the brain’s functions and metabolic reactions require one or more B group Vitamins in order to take place, in fact optimal neural functioning would not be possible without vitamin B.
As B Vitamins are water soluble, the body can not store them and a fresh dietary intake is needed.
If no Vitamin B is consumed for a few days, mental and cognitive impairment would be noticeable.
See this Infographic for more information on dietary sources your Vitamins.

So How Are B Vitamins Useful?

Vitamin B is used as part of the body’s stress fighting system and used to synthesize stress-fighting neurotransmitters, which is possibly why B vitamins have been shown to help reduce schizophrenic symptoms.
Studies have found, via a worldwide review, that the use of high-dose B Vitamins, following treatment, —including B6, B8, and B12— can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.
Given that B Vitamins are so import for normal production of Neurotransmitters, this is not surprising.

A letter to the editor in the Spring 2013 copy of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry gave an example of a case where
“The patient showed significant clinical improvement with parenteral vitamin B12 supplementation. This case highlights the need for vitamin B12-level assessment in such cases, as it could play a significant role in determining the outcome of the psychiatric disorder.”
And an article in the Pharmacy Times (March 2016) stated that
“Patients with schizophrenia and autism exhibit low levels of vitamin B12 in the brain, suggesting that these disorders could be related to poor B12 uptake from the blood into the brain.”

So it seems clear that B Vitamins are essential for a healthy body and brain and in my next post I will be looking at B Group Vitamins in more depth.
Until then, do you have any experience with the benefits of B Vitamins that you would like to share?
Please leave a comment below and let me know.
Wishing you Good Health and Happiness.

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