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B-Complex

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B vitamins are found in many foods, but if you aren’t eating a balanced diet, you may be missing some of these eight essential vitamins. For instance, vitamin B12 can only be obtained through meat products. If you aren’t sure that you are getting enough B vitamins from your diet, supplementation may be beneficial to you.

Gluten Free

People adhering to a gluten-free diet may be low in folic acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6. Supplementing with a b-complex may be a good way to fill in nutritional gaps associated with a gluten-free diet.

References
  1. Clinical trial: B vitamins improve health in patients with coeliac disease living on a gluten-free diet
    Hallert C, Svensson M, Tholstrup J, Hultberg B.,
    Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
    2009
  2. Evidence of poor vitamin status in coeliac patients on a gluten-free diet for 10 years
    Hallert C, Grant C, Grehn S, Granno C , Hulten S, Midhagen G, Strom M, Svensson H, & Valdimarsson T. ,
    Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
    2002

Gluten Free

People adhering to a gluten-free diet may be low in folic acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6. Supplementing with a b-complex may be a good way to fill in nutritional gaps associated with a gluten-free diet.

References
  1. Clinical trial: B vitamins improve health in patients with coeliac disease living on a gluten-free diet
    Hallert C, Svensson M, Tholstrup J, Hultberg B.,
    Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
    2009
  2. Evidence of poor vitamin status in coeliac patients on a gluten-free diet for 10 years
    Hallert C, Grant C, Grehn S, Granno C , Hulten S, Midhagen G, Strom M, Svensson H, & Valdimarsson T. ,
    Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
    2002

Risk Factors

B vitamins are very important and many people get less than the recommended daily amount of these nutrients. Certain groups are at higher risk for depletion of B vitamins, including people adhering to a gluten-free diet, people who don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and people who frequently consume alcohol.

References
  1. Relationships between nutrition, alcohol use, and liver disease.
    Lieber CS.,
    Alcohol Research and Health,
    2003
  2. Frequently asked questions - Alcohol
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
    2016
  3. Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
    Slavin JL & Lloyd B. ,
    Advances in nutrition,
    2012
  4. Evidence of poor vitamin status in coeliac patients on a gluten-free diet for 10 years
    Hallert C, Grant C, Grehn S, Granno C , Hulten S, Midhagen G, Strom M, Svensson H, & Valdimarsson T. ,
    Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
    2002
  5. Clinical trial: B vitamins improve health in patients with coeliac disease living on a gluten-free diet
    Hallert C, Svensson M, Tholstrup J, Hultberg B.,
    Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
    2009

Nervous System

B vitamins are essential for the nervous system. They are important for several aspects of brain function: chemical signaling, energy production and synthesis of DNA and RNA all depend on these water soluble vitamins. B vitamins support homocysteine levels and are necessary for proper cellular functioning as they are a coenzyme for enzymatic reactions.

For more information on B vitamins, check out the scientific articles below:

http://advances.nutrition.org/content/3/6/801.full

http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/8/2/68/htm

References
  1. B Vitamins and the Brain: Mechanisms, Dose and Efficacy—A Review
    Kennedy, DO,
    Nutrients,
    2016
  2. The Role of B Vitamins in Preventing and Treating Cognitive Impairment and Decline
    Martha Savaria Morris,
    Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal,
    2012