Tired? Step Away From The Latest Fad!

As a society, one of our greatest problems is our tendency to address symptoms so we can“feel better,” rather than identify and then heal the root cause. It’s true in multiple arenas, but probably most prevalent when it comes to the way we take care of our bodies. Rather than jumping on the latest bandwagon of energy drinks, let’s take a look at a group of vitamins that are essential for energy and overall health.

Just about everyone has heard of B-complex vitamins, but most of us really don’t know why they are important. “B-complex” actually refers to a group of eight different vitamins. Each is essential in making sure that the others are able to do their individual jobs. This is why many people who go the B12 injection route for energy issues are disappointed when they find that they can’t really tell a difference anywhere except their bank accounts. Don’t feel bad! You’re not alone; I’ve been there, too! But, here’s what I learned the hard way: don’t take one without the others–they’re a team.

When looking for a B-complex supplement, you’ll want to be sure that it includes each of the following: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9), and cyanocobalamin (B12). Without adequate B vitamins, carbohydrates aren’t able to break down into glucose, which means that not only are you feeling sluggish, you’re also missing vital energy needed by your muscles and brain. B vitamins are also important for amino acid metabolism, and they bind with protein components to create the chemical reactions required to transfer the energy from foods we eat to our body. Hence, the B’s reputation as “the energy vitamin.”

But, it’s not just about energy. B vitamins are also responsible for providing support for proper cell formation all over your body—especially in nerve cells. Vitamins B6 and B12 make sure that messages transmit appropriately throughout the brain. And, they partner with B9 to create neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. You’ve probably heard of those before: they regulate mood, motivation and cognitive activities. So, you see, it’s not just about “happiness,” but also memory and learning, and they can even play a role in controlling the symptoms of ADHD.

Back to those symptoms: lack of physical and mental energy, fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, anxiety and depression. We all know that pharmaceutical products abound for these conditions, yet all can be signs of a B-vitamin deficiency! So, the next time you’re dragging and think about guzzling a pot of coffee, doing a shot of 5-Hour Energy, or popping yet another “happy” pill, ask yourself this question: Is this going to fix a vitamin deficiency? Not a chance!

Adequate levels are crucial for proper brain function, but there are two main complications: (1) B-vitamins are water-soluble, and are constantly being eliminated, and (2) many of us are nutritionally challenged and unable to complete the chemical reaction required to “activate” the vitamins for proper absorption. So, not only is it important to supplement, but it’s important to supplement correctly. Look for a high-quality, pharmaceutical grade activated supplement that’s quickly bio-available and fully absorbable. Click here to read more about the product I recommend for all of my clients.

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Tom Gibson