27 Mar Vitamin B’s and health and immune function.
Vitamin B’s plays an important role in mood regulation, stress levels, immune function as well as nerve and brain health.
They call Vitamin B the “Happy Vitamin!” That’s because stress depletes B vitamins in your body. As does alcohol, poor sleep, refined carbohydrates, and some antibiotics. Prolonged physical stress speeds up your metabolic rate and can also rob your body of B vitamins as well as proper immune function. Continue reading my article on Vit B Injections here.
Vitamin B6 supplementation increases immune responses in critically ill patients. Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy. Food sources of vitamin B-6 include poultry, fish, potatoes, chickpeas and bananas. Vitamin B-6 can also be taken as a supplement, typically as an oral capsule, tablet or liquid. People who have kidney disease or conditions that prevent the small intestine from absorbing nutrients from foods (malabsorption syndromes) are more likely to be vitamin B-6 deficient. This can cause a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues (anemia), confusion, depression and a weakened immune system.
Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in synthesizing and metabolizing serotonin, a chemical responsible for regulating mood. B12 deficiency is also associated with depression and anxiety. There is considerable evidence about the health benefits of B vitamins for anxiety attacks and intense level of stress. Studies support the use of vitamin B12 supplements for improving symptoms of depression.
Vitamin B12 it also helps your body produce red blood cells. Low vitamin B12 levels cause a reduction in red blood cell formation and prevent them from developing properly. Healthy red blood cells are small and round, whereas they become larger and typically oval in cases of vitamin B12 deficiency. Due to this larger and irregular shape, the red blood cells are unable to move from the bone marrow into the bloodstream at an appropriate rate, causing megaloblastic anemia. When you’re anemic, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to your vital organs. This can cause symptoms like fatigue and weakness.