The B vitamins are a group of vitamins which include B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and B12. All of the B vitamins assist with vital health functions including cognitive stabilization, mood optimization, energy production and cardiovascular health. To determine your vitamin levels, your doctor will order blood work. If deficiencies are identified, a B complex vitamin or single B vitamins may be prescribed.
Folic acid and vitamins B12 and B6 have been shown to reduce homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a toxic amino acid linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Elevated homocysteine levels have also been identified as a risk factor for hip fractures in postmenopausal women, cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer. Vitamin B 12 is well known for its ability to boost energy. It is a key nutrient in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates for energy, red blood cell formation and nerve protection. Research has also shown that folic acid, and vitamins B12 and B6 improve mood, decrease the risks of wheezing, allergies and asthma and are beneficial in migraine treatment and prevention.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers comprehensive vitamin testing to her patients. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.