Take your B's, Complex That Is
Life is fraught with obstacles and tests that sometimes knock us off our feet. When we lose our balance and fall flat on our faces, it is important to stand up again rather than sink into doubt and depression.
Did you ever wish that you could take a vitamin for depression? Well, for some of you it may be just that simple. There are a variety of B vitamin deficiencies that can lead to #depression symptoms.
The B-complex vitamins are essential to mental and emotional well-being. They cannot be stored in our bodies, so we depend entirely on our daily diet to supply them. B vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, refined sugars, nicotine, and caffeine so it is no surprise that many people may be deficient in these.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): The brain uses this vitamin to help convert glucose, or blood sugar, into fuel, and without it the brain rapidly runs out of energy.
Vitamin B3 (niacin): deficiencies of vitamin B3 can produce agitation and anxiety, as well as mental and physical slowness.
Vitamin B5 is needed for hormone formation and the uptake of amino acids
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): This vitamin aids in the processing of amino acids, which are the building blocks of all proteins and some hormones. It is needed in the manufacture of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine.
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is important to red blood cell formation, deficiency leads to an oxygen-transport problem known as pernicious anemia. This disorder can cause mood swings, paranoia, irritability, confusion, dementia, hallucinations, or mania, eventually followed by appetite loss, dizziness, weakness, shortage of breath, heart palpitations, diarrhea, and tingling sensations in the extremities
Folic Acid: Poor dietary habits contribute to folic acid deficiencies, as do illness, alcoholism, and various drugs, including aspirin, birth control pills, and barbiturates. It is usually administered along with vitamin B12, since a B12 deficiency can mask a folic acid deficiency.
Not sure about dosage? B100, the Big 150, B75. Yes this can be confusing. Start with a B-50 complex, this will have a nice balance of the B's. Asses how you feel, and go from there. Oh, don't worry about your urine looking like a neon science project, thats normal.
When we rise out of depression with the intent to share in the world, positive energy envelopes us. Getting up again generates greater light into our lives, than if we had never fallen in the first place. True greatness is in the act of rising again and again, and if need be, once again.