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B-Complex Vitamin: The Best Vitamin That Protects the Digestive System

Updated on July 31, 2020
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Food Yeast

Nutritional yeast provides the eight B-complex vitamins plus B12.
Nutritional yeast provides the eight B-complex vitamins plus B12. | Source

Introduction

Experiments are the best scientific tools to determine a result. I was introduced to the methods very early in my secondary school days. I still remember lots of others like Frederick Gowland Hopkins experiments on vitamins and rats. The B complex vitamins are essential nutrients affecting carbohydrate, fats, and protein digestion. The lack of the vitamin in a diet can factor in certain illnesses like the Wernicke-Korsakoff-syndrome and beriberi seen in persons who drink too many alcoholic beverages and eat sugars. Vitamin B deficiencies noted on rice eating communities is no longer significant, as the meals are now being supplement with fish, milk, meat, eggs, and birds; fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables.

Experiment to Create Leonardo da Vinci

Experiments are not to be taken on a light note, but seriously. However theoretical, absurd, and opinionated, it is a pointer to facts that can be investigated, test, and verify; and correct conclusions or inferences arrived at. It would be absurd to think that an experiment to re-create Leonardo da Vinci, the legendary artist and scientist is outright stupidity. The experiment is real and here are the facts if you have not realized it in “extra” biology lessons.

The parents of Leonardo da Vinci were Piero and Caterina. Years later, Piero had a third wife, and Bertommeo results from the union. When Signor Leonardo pass away, Bartommeo attempt to recreate his late father in his outward appearance! At Vinci, Italy, he found a girl whose looks match that of Caterina. He married her and Piero Jnr. that was born looks like Leonardo da Vinci! This experiment tells us that nothing is to be taken for grant. Feel free to test or challenge any of the stories you read.

Seafood or Fish Contain B-Complex

Fresh fish supplies all the B-complex vitamins
Fresh fish supplies all the B-complex vitamins | Source

What is B-complex?

After digesting “pure” starch of white flour, white bread, biscuits, custards, and tapioca, lethargy instead of the release of energy is the result. Lack of the B-complex vitamins or groups of related B-complex items is factoring in this. The same can be said of “inorganic” fats and proteins.

Professor Hopkins’s experiment with rats attests to the fact. He fed the tiny creatures with enough pure foods: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and all the rats died. In the second test with the same “pure foods,” after some time (18 days specific) he added “fruit juice”, and experiment also with dilute fresh milk. Practically, all the rats are nourish and survive. This made Hopkins realized that fruit juice including fresh milk contained some nutrients that kept the rats alive. These nutrients he identified as “accessory food substances” that includes the groups of B-complex vitamins. Vitamin results from the word “amines” invented by a Polish chemist Casimir Funk, to describe the accessory food substances.

Before the Hopkins experiment, rats and wild animals are constantly taking advantage of the vitamins in the wild environment. Deficiency diseases in man prompt Hopkins and other scientists to investigate the challenge.

Natural Vitamins

Vitamins are essential living organic nutrients in a diet that maintain the biological, chemical, and physiology functions in the body. That is the reason why cooked fruits, overcooked vegetables, grains, nuts, and cereals do not do the body any good. Any biological living things in them like vitamin C, B-complex, and folate is destroyed or killed.. B-complex vitamins, C, and folate can all be destroyed by extreme heat. In fact, all fruits should not be cooked; and green leafy pumpkin vegetables should be cooked for only two minutes. Peanuts should be barked half in their raw state to maintain their essential living ingredients.

8 B-complex Vitamins

Vitamin or vitality sets the sparks on the carbohydrates, fats, oils, and protein we eat to release energy for work and motion. The B-complex is at least a group of eight B- vitamins. Thiamine or B1 acts on starch and sugars and helps its digestion. Riboflavin or B2, and biotin (vitamin H) will act on fats and oils, and proteins making it easy to absorb. Pyridoxine or B6 also takes on proteins. At times certain B-vitamins works in synergy with more than one B vitamin like B1 and B2 with B6 for a better result. All B-complex except B12 and biotin is gotten outside the body. B12 is made by floral intestinal bacteria in the intestine of man and animals. Supplements of B12 in capsule or tablet form is usually prescribed by a qualified medical doctor or pharmacist for dietary deficiency, and as supplements for pregnant mothers. Like B12, biotin is also made available by intestinal bacteria.

With the exception of B1 or thiamine, the other B-complex are soluble in oil and are less affected by heat. Nevertheless, extreme heat should be avoided when preparing foods that supply B-complex vitamins. The vitamin is retained in the body between 24 to 36 hours. Deficiency can occur after a month but the liver can store B12 for 3 months.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Leafy greens eaten raw or cooked half in raw state can provide most of the B-complex in a diet.
Leafy greens eaten raw or cooked half in raw state can provide most of the B-complex in a diet. | Source

Protein Rich Foods

"Specifically, any foodstuff rich in protein whether animal or vegetable, it can provide the B-complex in a diet"-Miebakagh Fiberesima

Sourcing B-complex

The best source of B-complex is brewer’s yeast. Food and nutrition yeast are good sources. Wheat germ is a significant source of the vitamin. Naturally, whole grain cereals like beans, peas, brown rice, nuts, and seeds are sourcing. Bread and biscuits made with whole grains are a good source. All fresh fruits and leafy greens are good. Meat, fish or seafood, hard-boiled eggs, milk, and cheese, and birds are also significant. The liver of meat apart from brewer’s yeast is also a better source.

Synthetic B-complex should only be taken by a doctor’s or pharmacist prescription. Exceeding the dosage can amount to drug abuse.

As B-complex can be affected by too much extreme heat, so it is advisable to cook organic natural foods: grains and cereals, and roots for less than 35 minutes to retain their active ingredients. Meat and fish steam for 10 minutes; hard-boiled eggs should take not more than 10 minutes to de-activate avidin in the egg that prevents biotin from being absorbed into the bloodstream.

Fresh Fish Food

Tilapia fish is usually eaten with rice in thin soups or pepper soup.
Tilapia fish is usually eaten with rice in thin soups or pepper soup. | Source

A Balanced Meal

A balanced diet can supply all the B-complex group of vitamins.
A balanced diet can supply all the B-complex group of vitamins. | Source

Vegetable Fruit Salad

Vegetable fruit salads can supply B-complex when the diet is done with shrimps.
Vegetable fruit salads can supply B-complex when the diet is done with shrimps. | Source

List of the B-Complex Vitamin

Here is the complete listing of the B-complex vitamin:

B1 or thiamine.

B2 or riboflavin.

B3 or nicotinamide or niacin (nicotinic acid).

B5 or pantothenic acid.

B6 or pyridoxamine or pyridoxine.

B7 or biotin.

B9 or folate.

B12 or cobalamin, or cyanocobalamin. It is called methylcobalamin in supplementary form.

Supplementary Vitamins

Supplements of B-complex prescribed by a doctor is curative, and helps during pregnancy.
Supplements of B-complex prescribed by a doctor is curative, and helps during pregnancy. | Source

Disease of the Brain and Nerves

"Beriberi is primarily a disease of the brain and nerves, which are more dependent on thiamine than other tissues…Walking becomes difficult and works potential falls, as the nerves degenerate and associated muscles atrophy. Extra stress may precipitate death”-Sheila Bingham

Protecting the Digestive System

Obviously, the B-complex is more than a nutritional vitamin. Lack of it will weaken the body though enough quantity of food is being eaten. As Hopkins discovered, the rats’ loss weight, look pale and died. The same thing applies to the human body. Persons who eat lots of pure polished rice or overcooked corn meals are strike with the disease beriberi and pellagra. The digestive system will be disturbed; follow by the musco-skeletal system and the circulatory system. Unless B-complex therapy prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner is taken in time, it can lead to a nervous breakdown. Therefore, to prevent and cure any B-complex deficiencies, eat organic foods regularly. Supplement this by adding Brewer’s yeast in plates of soups, rice, bean, and salads. I was introduced to this nutrient in my secondary school days.

Available Everywhere

Some B-complex like biotin (vitamin H) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B12) seems to be available in almost all natural foods. Like B12, biotin is also synthesis by human bacteria in the intestines and found in all organic foods. Deficiencies of biotin and pantothenic acid are rare in human nutrition. Biotin comes from the Greek word “bios” or life, and it is the same word which biology, the study of living things is derived. So like pantothenic acid or B12, biotin is abundant in nature. Biotin impact life healthily. You name a food a man can eat, and you have got biotin along with it, except man-made alcohols, spirits, beers, and sugar.

Conclusion

B-complex vitamins are wide-spread in nature. Nearly all the foods known by man contain B-complex. Therefore, it is best you make use of organic foodstuff as a primary source of your intake of the vitamin. Medical prescriptions of synthetic counterparts on account of illness must adhere to the letter.

References

  1. Health Science and Physiology for Tropical Schools, by F. Daniel, Oxford University Press.
  2. ABC of Nutrition, by A. Stewart Truswell, BMJ Books, London.
  3. Vitamins: Their Use and Abuse, by Joseph V. Levy, and Paul Bach-y-Rita, Liveright, New York.
  4. Nutrition: A Consumer’s Guide to Good Eating, by Sheila Bingham, GORGI BOOKS, London.
  5. B-complex vitamins

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    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I agreed. Sometime last year, I went round many big malls in search of the food yeast. I was disappointed. I then talk to a nurse. She directed me to a small retail outlet where I got it. I captured the picture you see in the article. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I agreed. Sometime last year, I went round many big malls in search of the food yeast. I was disappointed. I then talk to a nurse. She directed me to a small retail outlet where I got it. I captured the picture you see in the article. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dale Anderson 

      12 months ago from The High Seas

      Because I live a lot of time on a boat without refrigeration I came across nutritional yeast as an ingredient for making pasta sauce. I must say that I love it. People say that it produces a cheese like flavor but to me it is more nutty. Either way I enjoy it a great deal. It can be hard to find though.

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      13 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Rajah, I agreed with your submission. Thanks for the visit and the read.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      13 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very useful information. The importance of fresh uncooked or very less cooked food to maintain our health can never be overemphasized. Thanks for the lesson.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Nithya, thanks for visiting and reading my page. Your comment is worthwhile. Many thanks again. Enjoy the week.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you for sharing detailed information about vitamin B and it’s benefits. Great article.

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Liz, yes the B_complex working in a diet is not very well know or is usually forgotten. This my article serves as a recollection on updates that are lately trending. Thanks for reading and weighing in. Good day.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Dora, thanks for commenting and weighing. Yes, the B_complex vitamins are usually neglected in a mean, as little is known about them. That's my reason for sharing with additional information. Sorry, I was offline for more than three weeks. Have a nice day today.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      You give a good case for the importance of B vitamins to digestive health.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I've been sold on the benefits of the B vitamins. Thanks for all this helpful information which encourages me to make use of this important nutrient.

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Pamela, you are welcomed and thank you for your comments. It seems either by oversight, you miss out on one on my article of the issues you raise up. Here https://hubpages.com/health/How-To-Source-Best-Vit... Under the topic: "Your Requirement" I covered enough for seniors like you.

      Yes, people are always ignorant of vitamins and the importance these play in a diet. That is why I wrote it. I recalled here that when I am a third-year student in a secondary grammar school. my tutors advise us, students, to share all nutritional information to the community for better health. Thank you. And, good day.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This article is interesting on the importance of vitamins the body needs. I know vegetarians often do not consome enough B12, and the best source is salmon, but B12 is often added to other foods.

      Older people who have blood tests are often low on B12 and vitamin D. If you don't get in the sun or drink milk a vitamin D supplement is necessary (which is my problem, so I take supplements).

      It is good to write an article like this so people know that vitamin intake is important. Good article!

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      We are now used to eating too much fast or junk foods. These a devoid of natural organic nutrients. No wonder disease is resulting frequently. Homemade foods are much better. This is not to say that I do not eat a portion of fast food I do. But I regularly made my meals at home to get all the natural goodness in a meal. For example, I regularly add half a teaspoonful of dried yeast powder to my plate of soup, and that of my children. I take supplements on a doctor's prescription. So.you should. Enjoy.

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