Vitamin B is a popular group of nutrients which are well known for supporting the nervous system, energy levels, and general wellbeing.
Once thought to be a single vitamin, the B-vitamin group contains thiamine (Vitamin B 1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9) and various cobalamins (B12 group).
Vitamin B supplements can be purchased individually, or in compounds containing all eight B vitamins called vitamin B complex. There are specific properties in each of the B vitamins, and many supplements and multivitamins contain B vitamins. It is helpful to talk to your health practitioner to ensure you are getting the right ones, as there are many different compounds and formulas available.
- In particular, Vitamin B2 is reputed to deter insects due to the odour it emits on the skin. Vitamin B complex is sometimes taken by people studying for exams to support concentration.
- B vitamins are essential in pregnancy, and support energy levels and general wellbeing. Folic acid is highly recommended during pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects.
- Most B vitamins are found in the same foods, which include meat, fish and dairy products, whole grains, brewer’s yeast, bananas, molasses and chili. Liver, turkey and tuna are particularly good sources.
- Did you know… more than 25 nutrients were previously thought to be B vitamins, which explains the ‘gaps’ in the B vitamin group number system.
Nutralife Super B One a Day Capsules 60
A one-a day formula for energy and stress support.NZ $34.90 NZ $22.40
Nutralife Winter Multi One-A-Day Capsules 30
Supports healthy immunity.NZ $14.90 NZ $10.29
Sanderson One-A-Day Mega B FX Tablets 60
High potency Vitamin B complex in a wholefood base to support energy levels, manage stress, anxiety and mood.NZ $31.90 NZ $17.70
Solgar Vitamin B-Complex "100" Vegecaps 100
An energy vitamin also useful in stress.NZ $62.10 NZ $51.69
Lifestream Natural B Complex Powder 60g
This special formula provides the full spectrum of bioavailable B vitamin complexes to ensure optimum use and absorption by the body.NZ $51.84 NZ $41.54
Solgar Choline Vegecaps 100
To support brain and cellular activity.NZ $63.08 NZ $52.50
Ethical Nutrients Super B Daily Stress + Tablets 60
B Vitamins Plus Rhodiola to Support Stressed People.NZ $42.18 NZ $36.27
Ethical Nutrients Super B Daily Stress + Tablets 30
B Vitamins Plus Rhodiola to Support Stressed People.NZ $24.41 NZ $20.99
Solgar Biotin 1000 mcg Vegetable Capsules 50
It helps to promote healthy skin, nails and hair, and is necessary for certain enzymes to work properlyNZ $21.81 NZ $18.15
Solgar Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P) (Specially Coated) 50 mg Tablets 50
This biologically active, coenzyme form of B6 promotes the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and amino acidsNZ $43.76 NZ $36.42
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