Vitamin B6part of the B complex vitamins, the groupincludes three chemically related substances:pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamineWater-soluble vitamin
FUNCTIONS:Pyridoxal phosphate is involve in thetransaminase reactionNeeded for the activity of more than 50enzymes involved in CHO, protein and fatmetabolismco-enzyme for many chemical reactionhowever is related to protein metabolismSynthesis of neurotransmitters
SOURCES•Garlic•Rice bran•Liver•Yeast•Banana•Broccoli•Spinach•Meat, fish and poultry•Soybean•nuts
Health Effects•Rheumatoid Arthritis•Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)•Depression•Skin condition•Nervous system disorders•Muscle spasm
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)Is appropriately named, because the Greek wordpantothen means “from many places”. It is fairlystable, but it can be damaged by acids andalkaline.
FUNCTIONS:It is involved in metabolism ofcarbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is alsoessential for the synthesis of theneurotransmitters acetylcholine and of steroidhormones.Maintenance of normal growth, healthy skinand integrity of the CNS
SOURCESFound in food especially animal food such asmeats, fish, poultry and eggs. It is also foundin whole grain and cereal and legumes. Inaddition, it is thought to be synthesizes by thebody.Mushroom, broccoli, cabbage, legumes, salmonand collard green, fish, eggs, nuts, milk
BENEFITS•Synthesizer: acts as a synthesizer of mostimportant components required by human body.•Stress Buster: has the flair to kill the stress andother serious mental problems like anxiety anddepression to ensure fitness of mind.
•Caring Human Heart: holds an impressive recordin keeping the human heart in normal workingcondition. It regulates the level of cholesterol andalso helps in controlling blood pressure.•Skin and Hair: helps in keeping skin healthy andfree from bad appearances. Helps postpone theappearance of early ageing sign over the skin.•Building Stamina: helps in reducing Bodyfatigue and weariness and putting thefunctioning of body parts on right track.•Immune system: potent in strengthening theimmune system of human body.
DEFICIENCY•Insomnia•Muscle cramps•Tingling sensation of the extremities•Vomiting
Vitamin B8 (Lipoic Acid)Lipoic acid is an enormously important andunder-appreciated nutrient whose chemicalstructure was first discovered in 1951. Our bodiescannot be maximally efficient in producing energyfrom carbohydrates or fats without the help oflipoic acid.An unusual feature of lipoic acid is its ability tofunction in a water-based or fat-basedenvironment.
FUNCTIONLipoic acid is nestled into one of the mostcritical spots in all of the bodys energyproduction pathways.The antioxidant function of lipoic acid hasbeen extensively studied, and its ability to helpprevent oxygen-based damage to cells is wellestablished.
SOURCES•Green Plants: The first category includes greenplants which have a high concentration ofchloroplasts.•Animal Foods: Animal foods constitute thesecond category of lipoic acid sources.
Health Effects•Cataracts•Chronic fatigue syndrome•Conditions involving chronic muscle fatigue•Diabetes•Glaucoma•Hypoglycemia•Impaired glucose tolerance•Liver diseases (including alcoholic liverdisease)•Lung cancer
Vitamin7 (Biotin)Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 and vitamin H,is one of the lesser known vitamins of the Bcomplex group. It is one of the most activebiological substances, since it has some effect onbacteria and yeastBiotin is insoluble in fat solvents and easilysoluble in hot water
FUNCTIONVitamin B7 or biotin is part of a number ofenzyme systems and is required for themetabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.Biotin is responsible for a healthy skin andcontrols the correct distribution of the colorpigment.
SOURCES•Cereals, pulses and legumes, vegetables, nutsand beef liver contain biotin. Rice bran, ricegerm, barley, whole wheat and brown rice are richsources of biotin.•Vegetable sources include mushrooms andcauliflower, while walnuts, peanuts, peanutbutter and almonds also contain this vitamin.
BENEFITS•Used to control and reduce hair loss resultingfrom male alopecia.•Essential for proper functioning of the enzymesystems and metabolism
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