My Sister the Nutrionist: Vitamin B Complex

October 07, 2014

When following a vegan diet, it is important to be sure you are getting all vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. Nutrients, such as B vitamins, are of the most essential to sustaining life. This complex of 8 water-soluble vitamins: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and cobalamin (B12) play a critical role in many important bodily functions.

Why are B’s a big deal? Many of these B vitamins are partners in our body’s metabolic pathways, which give you your daily energy! They also deliver important messages within our cells creating proteins and fats that are needed for optimal skin cell production. Jojoba oil, present in MMT’s Face Oil , is rich in B Complex which allows it to retain moisture when used on the skin or hair. It is also beneficial in smoothing the skin, decreasing the appearance of lines and evening out skin tone.

Since all B vitamins are water-soluble, the body does not store them in great quantities meaning we must include them in our daily diet. Luckily, most B vitamins are widely distributed throughout the food supply. They are found in fortified whole grains and cereals, some in legumes, nuts, and seeds, and even in dark green leafy vegetables. A lack of cobalamin (B12) can be a concern when following a vegan diet since the only natural source is animal products. Luckily, it can be easily attained by eating foods fortified with B12 or to by taking a daily supplement.

A deficiency in any of the B vitamins can be damaging to overall health. So keep eating your “B’s” for healthy skin, hair, muscles, and to keep your brain and nervous system properly functioning!

This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.

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