Vitamin B, or not to B?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

In this day of newly embraced nutrient supplements, the one that I always make sure that patients don’t overlook is a good daily B complex -100 supplement.

The B vitamins serve as coenzymes that benefit every cell in the human body. These coenzymes also help the body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, helping to support the production of energy from the macronutrients we consume in our diet. They also work to make new DNA copies in preparation for the building of new cells. An enzyme will not function without its coenzyme.

B-12 and B Complex

With much of today’s food coming from over-farmed, nutrient depleted soils, we need some type of security policy to insure that we get enough essential nutrients from the foods we eat. Therefore, in addition to a B complex supplement, I often recommend specific B vitamins as a replacement for the unique needs of individuals. Many patients benefit from B12 (in the methylcobalamin form), a methylated combo supplement for patients with a MTHFR gene abnormality or an elevated homocysteine), B-complex injections or IV infusions which are intended for specific therapeutic purposes. I highly recommend that everyone always try to eat fresh, organic foods whenever possible and practical, varying their diets, and making sure that they get proper supplementation to buffer the daily stresses and demands placed on the body, both physical and emotional.

A brief overview of the 8 components of a B complex supplement:

  • Thiamine (B1): Used to process amino acids, fats and carbohydrates for increased energy. Among Thiamine’s other uses are boosting the immune system, digestive problems, maintaining a positive mental attitude, enhancing learning abilities, fighting stress; and preventing memory loss. Thiamine intramuscular injections are excellent in Parkinsonian patients.

  • Riboflavin (B2): Supports fatty acids and amino acid synthesis, essential for cellular growth. It also helps in the regeneration of glutathione, an enzyme that rids the body of free radicals.

  • Niacin (B3): Very effective at correcting high cholesterol and preventing or reversing heart disease by reducing certain fatty substances in the blood. It can also be used to treat insulin-dependent diabetes.

  • Panthothenic Acid (B5): Used to metabolize protein, fats and carbohydrates. Without Pantothenic acid, you wouldn’t be able to use the fats, carbohydrates, or proteins in your diet as energy sources. You’d also be unable to make certain hormones and your immune system would collapse.

  • Pyridoxine (B6): Helps build proteins from amino acids, needed for production of red blood cells, and proper nerve function. B6 is likely to be the most common vitamin deficiency in the average American diet, mainly caused by the highly processed nature of the foods most of us eat. B6 is great for neuropathic pain, diabetic or chemo-induced neuropathy.

  • Folate (B9): Also called Folic acid this vitamin is used in the synthesis and repair of DNA, needed for the complete development of red blood cells. These cells help carry oxygen throughout the body. Folate is needed to prevent macrocytic anemia.

  • Cyanocobalamin (B12): Used in cellular reproduction, brain and nervous system health, supporting the production of myelin (the protective sheath around nerves) and blood cell production. It is also responsible for producing a neurotransmitter that helps with memory and learning. Dr. Dave only uses the methylcobalamin form of B12 for spinal pain, diabetic and chemo-induced neuropathy and in weight loss along with MIC (methionine, inostitol, choline).

  • Biotin (previously referred to as B7): Works to maintain a steady and healthy blood sugar balance and helps strengthen hair and nails and supports skin health.


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