Vitamin B6 and B12 for an energy boost

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The season of fatigue begins, spring, in which our body has to adapt to the awakening of nature with great commitment. The metabolism changes, mood improves, the desire to go out, to organize new activities involves us and often it seems that our body is one step behind the head.


We then check the conditions of our body with simple blood tests that our doctor will prescribe us for an annual preventive screening. We may need a vitamin supplement or mineral salts to support us and help our well-being.


Often the B vitamin complex can be sufficient together with some Magnesium to provide the sufficient energy load. Let's see specifically to clarify two elements of the vitamin B group, Vitamin B6 and B12.

 

Vitamina B6-Piridossina

The function of vitamin B6 it is very complex: it is involved in protein metabolism but also in many enzymatic reactions, in the synthesis of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, neurotransmitters important for the response of nerve impulses.

It is also called "woman's vitamin" since it is useful for counteracting the symptoms of PMS. It participates in the release of glycogen by the liver and muscles for energy support and keeps sodium / potassium in balance for the proper functioning of muscles and nervous system.


Some studies have shown the importance of vitamin B6 supplementation for Parkinson's patients and for people with Crohn's disease, in synergy with other B vitamins and mineral salts such as zinc and magnesium.

Vitamin B6 is not stored by the liver and is easily eliminated in the urine about eight hours after taking it. It settles only in the muscles. It can be taken through food: meat, offal, unrefined cereals, dried fruit, legumes.


 

In case of Vitamin B6 deficiency some disorders may occur:

> Hair loss.
> Lowering of blood sugar levels.
> Arthritis.
> Cramps in arms and legs.
> Neuriti.
> Learning difficulties.
> Anemia.
> Increased urine.

for Vitamin B6 supplemented intake must be carried out under medical supervision and often in combination with other B complex vitamins.

 

Read also Excess of vitamin B, symptoms, causes, nutrition >>

 

Vitamin B12-Cobalamin

La Vitamin B12 it is a so-called essential vitamin, that is, not produced by our body, which we take in through food. Its function it is fundamental in the prevention of megaloblastic anemia, cause of asthenia, fatigue, exhaustion.

The nutrients that provide vitamin B12 are meats crustaceans, Red meat, eggs, XNUMX cups milk and cheeses, on the other hand, it is not present in foods of plant origin. Those who follow particular diets low in animal proteins or completely devoid, such as vegans, may need vitamin B12 supplements.


The chemical process of absorption of this essential vitamin occurs in the stomach thanks to hydrochloric acid which separates the vitamin compound from the food proteins, which then binds to a intrinsic factor, a protein produced by the stomach itself that guides vitamin B12 to be absorbed into the bloodstream.


In some subjects suffering from diseases characterized by the non-production of intrinsic factor in the stomach it is possible to find a deficiency of vitamin B12, such as for example those suffering from pernicious anemia, but also those suffering from disorders or diseases affecting the gastrointestinal system such as celiac disease, Crohn's disease .


 

In case of Vitamin B12 deficiency some disorders may occur:

> Tiredness.
> Constipation.
> Megaloblastic anemia.
> Tingling in the hands and feet.
> Poor memory.
> Lack of balance.
> Depression.

It seems clear and evident that only the doctor can establish a correct diagnosis and establish the correct Vitamin B12 supplementation. So when we hear lightly advised to take Vitamin B12 to counteract fatigue, we raise our antennae ... .. if we are not anemic, with absorption disorders, vegetarian or vegan, perhaps vitamin B12 is not the most suitable remedy for us.


We can conclude, if we wish to draw on B vitamins to counteract physical and mental fatigue, that we can make use of the whole B complex, which we find on the market and which is balanced based on the doses established by the Ministry of Health.

Instead, we avoid the intake of individual B vitamins, in particular B6 and B12 without medical advice.

 

Read also Vitamin B deficiency: symptoms, causes, nutrition >>

 

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