B-Complex Vitamins : Myth or Science – 2
There are many myths/rumors regarding vitamin Bs. Which one is true?
1. Could vitamin Bs boost of energy?
Acting as coenzymes, Vitamin Bs assist enzymes in metabolizing nutrients to produce energy. Vitamin Bs play a role of catalysis and cannot provide energy directly. When the body lacks enough nutrients, it is no use to increase energy by adding vitamin Bs supplement. It’s like a car, even with an extra-powerful engine, if you don’t provide it gasoline, there is no way to make the car move forward. However, when the body is deficient in vitamin B, proper supplementation can actually enhance your metabolic output.
2. If I feel fatigue in the morning, should I take vitamin B-Complex?
When you feel your energy level is low in the morning, the first approach is to have a nutrient-rich breakfast, which could naturally enhances your physical strength and spirit, and also provide you the needed energy for the day. However, the morning fatigue is also a warning sign, which reminds us to get enough rest, not just passively take vitamin Bs supplement to help physical strength or eliminate fatigue.
3. Taking vitamin Bs at night would cause insomnia?
In fact, for people who lack vitamin Bs, taking vitamin Bs before going to bed will not cause the insomnia, instead it could be beneficial. Vitamins B1, B2, and B6 work together could help synthesize serotonin in the brain, allowing the conversion of tryptophan to niacin and melatonin to help sleep quality.
4. The higher the dose of vitamin B-Complex, the better?
Vitamin Bs are water-soluble, and excess amounts usually are excreted by the body. It is only necessary to supplement the daily recommended intake. The so-called appropriate amount includes the intake from daily food. If the diet is unbalanced, an appropriate amount of additional Vitamin B-complex supplements is recommended. However, some vitamin B-complex supplements contain excessively high doses. The unnecessary quantities of B-complex vitamins may lead to negative effects, which are still needed to be evaluated.
5. Not having yellow urine means the vitamin Bs are complete absorbed?
After taking vitamin B-Complex, you might have noticed your urine turning a yellowish color. This is because the nutrients ingested by the body will be absorbed by the stomach and then enter into the body, and the excess amount will be eliminated. Vitamin Bs are mainly water-soluble nutrients, so when the kidney is converted into urine, the only color-bearing vitamin in the B group, B2, dissolved therein, thereby producing yellowish urine. This is a normal phenomenon; no need to worry too much. Some of the vitamin B-Complex supplements advertised that the urine will not look yellowish after taking their product, the reason is just because the product may not contain vitamin B2.