"From Supporting Brain Health to Improving Mood"What are the benefits of B vitamins?

B vitamins play a key role in the overall functioning of the body, but how diverse are these important roles?

To find out what role B vitamins can play, Express spoke with Dr. Sarah Brewer of Healthspan.

Breuer described B vitamins such as vitamin B6 as “required for the proper functioning of over 60 enzymes and essential for the synthesis of genetic material, amino acids and neurotransmitters in the brain.”

Examples of vitamins include: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12. One of the common claims, aside from the B vitamins, is that they can help with mood.

“Vitamins B12 and B6 play a role in the production of brain chemicals like serotonin that affect mood and other brain functions,” Brewer said.

Low levels of B12 and B6, as well as folic acid, are associated with depression. An extensive systematic review and meta-analysis found that B supplements are beneficial for healthy individuals and populations at risk for stress, and that supplements may be beneficial for people with poor diets or low moods.

Breuer’s comments are reflected in a recent University of Reading study suggesting that vitamin B6 could be used along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression.

Vitamin B6 has been found to increase the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain.

Lead author of the study, Dr. David Field, said that vitamin B6 “helps the body produce a specific chemical messenger that suppresses impulses in the brain, and our study links this calming effect to reduced anxiety in participants.”

While this and other studies show positive results, more research is needed before vitamin B6 can be given in combination with CBT.

B vitamins can also help brain health, or rather, their lack can negatively affect it.

“Low levels of several B-complex nutrients, including B6, B12 and folic acid (B9), can affect how well the brain works with age,” says Brewer. “Recent studies have shown that all nutrients in this group play an important role in maintaining brain health They work together to allow nerve cells (our brain cells) to function more efficiently B vitamins also help remove cellular waste, allowing cells to function optimally This waste is mostly in the form of proteins , which, if left, may form clumps. Toxic to the brain.”

B vitamins can be found in a wide variety of foods.

However, if this is not possible, supplements can also be used to boost levels, especially if a person is deficient in the vitamin.

If this occurs, it is important to know the symptoms so that immediate action can be taken.

What are the symptoms of vitamin B deficiency?

It depends on a single vitamin deficiency, the most common of which is vitamin B12 deficiency.

• Pale yellow skin color.

• Inflammation and redness of the tongue.

Ulcers in the mouth.

• Injections and needles.

• Changes in how you walk and move.

• Impaired vision.

• Irritability.

• Depression.

• Changes in how a person thinks, feels and acts.

• Decreased mental abilities such as memory, understanding and judgment.

They can also be symptoms of other conditions such as dementia.

Source: Express