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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:

  • Fatigue
  • 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

2 Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Australian Health Survey: Usual Intakes, 2011-12.  Retrieved on 15/12/19 from   

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