Do b vitamins give you energy? Popular claims say that Vitamin B gives you energy (judging by the myriad of Vitamin B supplement advertising you are likely seeing in the market). Unpopular fact says; it does not.
Different Names of Vitamin B
Vitamin B has many name spin-offs. You may call it as Vitamin B complex, Vitamin B supplement, Vitamin B infused herbal, mind booster, energy booster, the bazooka and so on and so forth. All these commercialized tags refer to Vitamin B as an energy producing vitamin. The market labeled it as such because it is such an attractive connotation for “energy”. With Vitamin B as the frontman of the band, the market is able to concoct different kinds of energy giving related products all infused with Vitamin B.
But do not be fooled. You should not take the market at face value, as it can be cunning at times.. Consumers need to research and understand for themselves the ingredients of each product they buy. With this knowledge at hand, consumers can select better (safer) options and spend their money right by getting the desired results they want in a product.
Understanding Vitamin B
So let us delve further about Vitamin B. Let us try to understand why it should not be treated specifically as an energy producing vitamin. Vitamin B is a water-soluble vitamin that generally just pass along the body. It has an important role in cell metabolism. It has different types. Namely, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, B12, biotin, and folate.
The explanation behind the different names and type of Vitamin B is how the components of each vitamin b types are arranged. Each type are either a precursor (an enzyme which is necessary for another process or enzyme to function) or a coenzyme (works hand in hand with another enzyme to break down or synthesize) in cell metabolism in general but it can also act as such in other fields (DNA, vitamin, amino acids and so on and so forth). So you see, this list of Vitamin B have their unique uses and none of them directly produces energy.
So, why do people perceive Vitamin B as an energy producing entity?
We get energy from our daily intake of carbohydrates (carbs), fat, and protein. The liver then processes these to produce the body’s fuel. This is commonly known as the energy. The processed energy enables us to use our involuntary and voluntary motor skills. It is the reason why we can still breath and stand upright. Vitamin B does not function as carbs, fat, and protein do. However, it plays an important role in cell metabolism (breaking down of the body’s energy to keep the cells working).
When energy is produced from the liver, the energy will be distributed all over our body (by the circulatory system) and will penetrate the cells (by the process of diffusion) to bring life into it. Vitamin B, a water-soluble vitamin with an ability to convert dietary energy (energy extracted from carbs, fat, or protein), acts as a coenzyme to help the cell metabolize energy for the mitochondria (the cells power producer organelle) to use. So you see, vitamin B is not an energy producing entity but rather, a helper in producing power from it. So if ever you are still thinking of getting a surge of energy after intake of vitamin B, it may be because of the caffeine or herbal contents of the product.
Vitamin B Deficiency?
There is an abundance of Vitamin B in most of our food. The problem of having not enough of it will be a small possibility. Vitamin B is almost always present in meat, tuna, turkey, liver, an unprocessed carbohydrate derived food, whole grains, legumes, banana, chili peppers, molasses and so on and so forth. In fact, you can say that Vitamin B is almost present in a human being’s food. Your body is clever in only needing a certain amount of vitamin B for it to be fully functional.
A deficiency of vitamin B is almost impossible but not entirely. You could still be deprived of vitamin B if you have an illness where it makes your body vitamin B deficient or you are into extreme dieting, heavy alcohol drinker and so on and so forth.
Vitamin B as a Helper
The more proper item for Vitamin B to be categorized in is “as a helper”. If you are not vitamin B deficient, you do not need vitamin B supplements anymore. You could readily get it from your daily food intake. But if by any chance, you are vitamin B deficient, you may take a vitamin B supplement (buy these supplements into a reputable store; to be safe, be checked by a doctor and he/she will prescribe the right type of medicine for your vitamin b deficiency) to augment this loss and ultimately regain the vitamin B balance in your body again. The symptoms of vitamin B deficiency is always on what kind of vitamin B you are needing. Most of the time the common symptoms of it are weak immune system, severe fatigue, brain fog (confusion), anemia, and low blood pressure.
An overdose of the vitamin B supplement may not be too much of a concern. However, it may pose a dangerous toll to your health if you take an off-the-charts amount of it. Always try to consult a doctor before taking any vitamin B supplement pills or concoctions. It will be a good idea to your body’s health and peace of mind.
Vitamin B is almost present in every food that we eat. If you have confirmed vitamin B deficiency, your doctor will most likely recommend a vitamin b supplement, backed by a diet plan. But, if you have no problems of vitamin deficiency, you may not use vitamin b supplements adamantly. It is best to get vitamin B organically from food. Not only is it natural, but it is also not processed and has less possibility of chemical contamination. Next time you want to surge up your energy, go for caffeine-induced drinks or strong teas.