Be Active with B Vitamins!Jan 3, 2020
Did you know that there are eight different B vitamins, each with their own special role to play in your body, and all found in Sustagen® Hospital Formula Active?
What are the eight B vitamins1?
- B1 (thiamin): helps to convert carbohydrates into energy
- B2 (riboflavin): supports energy release, healthy skin, mucous membranes and nervous system
- B3 (niacin): helps energy release from food, and is required for normal neurological function
- B6 (pyridoxine): required for healthy immune function and helps reduce feelings of fatigue.
- Folic acid: essential for blood formation
- Biotin: essential for metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats
- B12: essential for blood formation and energy metabolism
- Pantothenic acid: necessary for the metabolism of fats and helps reduce feelings of fatigue
B vitamins are found in a variety of foods, such as dairy, meat and wholegrains. Despite this, some people in Australia do not meet their B vitamin requirements. According to a survey conducted between 2011-2012 investigating dietary intakes of people living in Australia, 35% of males and 58% of females aged 51 to 70 years did not consume enough vitamin B62.
How do I know if I am meeting my B vitamin requirements?
Signs that you may not be meeting your B vitamin requirements include:
- Weakness and confusion
- Increased susceptibility to infections1
Restrictive diets may also increase your risk of B vitamin deficiency, such as following a vegan or vegetarian diet, or excluding whole food groups. Speak to your healthcare professional if you are concerned.
Choosing a variety of foods from all the main food groups can help ensure you meet your nutritional requirements for all key nutrients, including B vitamins. However, if you are unable to do so due to a reduced appetite or time constraints, include a serve of Sustagen® Hospital Formula Active into your daily routine.
1 Better Health Channel. Vitamin B. Retrieved on 15/12/19 from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/vitamin-b
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey: Usual Intakes, 2011-12. Retrieved on 15/12/19 from https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4364.0.55.008~2011-12~Main%20Features~Vitamins~300