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Are your B Vitamins enough?

Burt Berkson writes in his book that adults may benefit from consuming more B vitamins than what is suggested by the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs). These values were originally established during World War II by a panel of nutrition experts to prevent diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies in military recruits.

While the RDAs, along with the Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs) and Daily Values (DVs) on food labels, have been updated over the years, they are still based on their original purpose of providing the minimum amounts necessary to prevent deficiencies that cause diseases like pellagra and beriberi in most healthy people, rather than for optimal health and nutrition.

It might surprise you that B-Complex has been known to help with:

  • Energy

  • Canker sores

  • Acne

  • Mood

  • ADD

  • Hives

  • Sleep regulation

Of the eight B vitamins, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) may be particularly important for regulating sleep-wake cycles. This is because vitamin B12 helps to increase the body's production of melatonin, a hormone that plays a role in sleep regulation.

It is worth noting that "vitamin B" was once thought to be a single nutrient found in extracts of rice, liver, or yeast. However, it was later discovered that these extracts contained multiple vitamins, which were given distinct numbers. There are actually eight different B vitamins, and they all play an essential role in maintaining overall health and impacting mood.

Each B-complex vitamin has a unique purpose and chemical structure. Therefore, it makes sense to choose a B vitamin supplement that includes all eight vitamins, rather than an incomplete product.

This is why the preferred B vitamin supplement of the person writing this message has always been sold as a complex, rather than as a single B vitamin.

If you would like to learn more about B vitamins and how they can support your health, consider reaching out to Your Shaklee Team for more information.

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