Vitamin B: The 1, 2, 3’s

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: March 29, 2016

We all know that Vitamin B is an essential vitamin that our bodies need to survive. But, there are so many types, it is difficult to keep track of which “B” supports particular functions. Below is a list of the different types of Vitamin B, known collectively as Vitamin B Complex:

B 1: also known as thiamine. The function of B1 is to help the body change your food into energy. It also supports your nervous system. You can find B1 in enriched cereals, rice and pork.

B 2: also known as riboflavin. B2 works with the other B’s to promote healthy cellular growth and is an antioxidant for the body. Found in eggs, milk, beef and spinach. 

B 3: also known as niacin. This B works in conjunction with other vitamin B ’s to metabolize the food that is eaten. It is found mainly in protein.

B 5: also known as pantothenic acid. In addition to helping to use the energy from the foods you eat, this vitamin B also helps to support the hormones in the adrenal gland. So, many anti-stress formulas tend to have B5 in its ingredients. Found in peanuts, cashews, liver, eggs and broccoli.

B 6: also known as pyridoxine. This B helps metabolize amino acids and the glucose in the body. It also supports the nervous system and red blood cell production. Found in meats, eggs, beans and bananas.

B 7: also known as biotin. This B promotes skin, bone and hair growth. It helps to metabolize carbohydrates, fat and protein. Found in organ meats, cheeses and soybeans.

B 9: also known as folic acid. This is needed to form red blood cells and is a key vitamin to a woman’s body in the first stage of pregnancy. It helps to build the nervous system and spinal cord of the unborn child. It is found in dark, leafy vegetables and fortified cereals.

B 12: also known as cobalamin. Key to cellular growth, B12 also supports the central nervous system. It is mainly found in meats, so vegans are often advised to take a vitamin supplement.

Although there are many companies that sell vitamin capsules, tablets, powders and gummies, ingesting your vitamins through the foods that you eat is the best method. Overall, Vitamin B Complex helps convert energy from the foods you eat, so by getting these B’s into your diet will keep you feeling energized.

If you would like to discuss how to get all of the vitamins that your body needs, please contact us and we’ll schedule you a time to meet with one of our dietitians. Call Tampa Cardiovascular Associates today at 813-975-2800 or schedule an appointment online at

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 29/03/2016

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