Why is this a dose of vitamin b? Okay, I’ll start off being honest since one of the most important roles of a journalist is to be truthful with their readers. And I want us to have a long relationship and for you to want to come back and read often! Technically this is not going to physically give you the recommended dose of vitamin b that your body needs. However, b vitamins are known as the “happy vitamin” and can provide energy.
Therefore, through my posts I’m hoping that you will either get a good laugh, feel intrigued to try something new, or be inspired to live a healthier and active lifestyle, and most of all I simply hope that these posts bring a form of happiness and energy to your life. So you’ll still want to make sure you are eating plenty of leafy greens, legumes, eggs, dairy, beans, and poultry so your body is taking in the appropriate b vitamins. But let me be your “virtual” b vitamin!
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)- This vitamin protects your body when it hasn’t had proper nutrition due to an imbalanced diet or decisions that harm your body such as alcoholism. It also helps convert glucose to energy that your body can use. You can find this in raisins, oranges, rye flour, whole-grains, wheat germ, kidney beans, pork, and liver.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)- Not only does this vitamin provide energy for you, but it also prevents ariboflavinosis (a deficiency that causes you to be sensitive to light and an increase in blood flow to your tissues). This can be in avocados, spinach, asparagus, red meat, almonds, broccoli and spinach, as well as dairy products.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)- This vitamin does your body a variety of wonders including reducing cholesterol levels, improving circulation, helping digestion and arthritis, maintaining memory function, and can enhance skin conditions. Look for niacin in chicken, tuna, mangoes, oatmeal, whole-grains, and liver.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)- If your body has been malnourished, this vitamin will help with food consumption and properly functioning organs. Egg yolks, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, corn, red meats, and whole grains are a great source for vitamin b5.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)- When it comes to regulating hormones, aiding in enzyme function, and helping with premenstrual syndrome, this vitamin plays an important role as well as a vital role in converting nutrients into energy for your body and fighting heart disease. Look for this vitamin in salmon, spinach, hazelnuts, potatoes (one of my favorites, I am an Idaho girl after all!), bananas, and skinless poultry.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)- If you want glowing skin and healthy hair, this vitamin helps with both as well as keeping your metabolism going. Along with this, biotin maintains blood sugar levels and the body’s tissues. Biotin can be found in soy, egg yolks, mushrooms, peanuts, and bananas.
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)- This vitamin fights against heart disease, strokes, lung cancer, as well as cancer in the cervix and colon. Find this vitamin in lentils, broccoli, peas, asparagus, spinach, citrus fruits, and dried beans.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)- Another vitamin that combats heart disease, vitamin b12 also helps increase energy levels as well as enhances your emotional health. A decrease in b12 can cause depression, some forms of cancer, as well as dementia. Increase your consumption however and you can get a mood booster and increase your memory! Seafood, eggs, dairy, and poultry can help supply the daily intake of cobalamin.
There you have it! Along with coming back and reading often, try to find a way to incorporate these into your daily nutrition! And remember, check with a professional or your doctor for more accurate details on the recommended intake that is appropriate for your lifestyle!