The B group of vitamins comprises eight vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12 that are collectively termed vitamin B complex. Each vitamin is essential to good health and is found in several foods that form part of a healthy and balanced meal. Unfortunately, a busy office lifestyle leaves little time for a balanced diet and consequently, office workers often receive far less than the recommended daily allowance of their B vitamins. Thankfully, B complex vitamins have several important benefits to help you stay healthy at work—with positive effects on nearly every body system.
Lower Risk of Stroke
Recent studies have indicated that B complex vitamins play an active role in mitigating the risk of strokes and aneurysms. Researchers at University College London have correlated long working hours with an increased incidence of heart disease and strokes, placing office workers at the highest risk. Vitamins B6, B12, and B9—folic acid—play an active part in the regulation of the amino acid homocysteine, reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes. Vitamin B5, commonly known as Pantothenic Acid, is also a key nutrient in the reduction of harmful cholesterol levels.
Vitamins B6 and B12 do far more than healing mouth ulcers—they can elevate your mood, giving you a sense of well-being. Studies by the National Institutes of Health have shown that Vitamin B2 is effective in the prevention and treatment of migraines. B complex vitamins also play an important role in controlling the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Riboflavin and vitamin B3 can also boost and sustain your energy levels. Your daily dose of vitamins can help you prevent mood swings and exhaustion, sustaining alertness and keeping you motivated right through to the end of the day.
Immunity and Body Repair
Vitamin B3 works at a DNA level, helping to repair the body’s basic building blocks while folic acid, pantothenic acid, and choline build up your resistance to respiratory illnesses and asthma. Vitamin B12 is also responsible for the creation of healthy blood cells and nerve health. Biotin or vitamin B7 prevents malnutrition and is used in conjunction with chromium to control blood glucose levels.
All eight vitamins contribute to the body’s immunity-building processes, allowing you to stay healthy and free from those awful sick days.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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