Also known as vitamins Bs — play an important role in keeping our bodies functional and running well. They help to convert the food we eat into fuels for our bodies to burn and stay energized. Even though these vitamins have similar functions, each has its own benefits that play a part in the keeping our bodies healthy, ranging from good hair growth to enhancing memory retention.
Here are the most common sources of vitamin B1 to B5 and their functions:
The anti-stress vitamin. B1 helps the body make new healthy cells and has the ability to protect immune systems. It is also a key vitamin necessary to break down simple carbohydrates, perfect for marathon runners or athletes who do carbo-loading.
Vitamin B1 can be found in whole grains, peanuts, beans, spinach, kale, wheat germ
The antioxidant vitamin. Vitamin B2 helps fight off free radicals aka harmful particles in the body that damage cells as well as prevent early aging and the development of several heart diseases. It is important in the production of red blood cells, which is necessary for the proper oxygenation throughout the body. Studies suggest that B2 can also prevent migraines.
Vitamin B2 is commonly found in almonds, wild rice, milk, yoghurt, eggs, Brussels sprouts, spinach, soy beans
Ever heard of cholesterol that is good for your body? That’s right, vitamin B3 boosts HDL cholesterol which is the good one. The more HDL a person has the less bad cholesterol there will be in the blood. One reason why alcoholism leads to high cholesterol is due to the fact that alcohol reduces the levels of vitamin B3 in some individuals. Niacin, aka vitamin B3, has also been known to be ingested as acne treatment in some places.
Vitamin B3 can be commonly found in Yeast, red meat, milk, eggs, beans and green vegetables
Literally meaning “everywhere” in Greek. Vitamin B5 can mostly be found in just about every food possible. It breaks down fats, carbohydrates and converts them into energy as well as the production of hormones such as testosterone and other stress-related hormones. Ladies, pay attention. Another benefit of vitamin B5 is the ability to reduce the signs of aging skin cells such as spots and redness.
Vitamin B5 can be found in Avocados, yogurt, eggs, meat and legumes