The vitamin B family consists of 8 subtypes:
B1 – Thiamine
B2 – Riboflavin
B3 – Niacin
B5 – Pantothenic acid
B6 – Pyridoxine
B7 – Biotin
B9 – Folate
B12 – Cobalamin
The B vitamins are essential building blocks for enzymes, neurotransmitters and are ingredients for other cell processes. Without some of these subtypes, certain processes in the body can’t take place, causing unbalance.
For example, B9 is needed to help B12 do its job. Likewise, B6 is needed for the creation of serotonin and dopamine.
Every single vitamin B is also needed in high quantities in the brain. Research has shown links between low vitamin B levels with low mood and anxiety.
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