What is vitamin B?
Vitamin B is not one vitamin, there are eight. Each with its own name and important function. Together we call them vitamin B complex. What is vitamin B?
B vitamins are important for your metabolism. They help burn carbohydrates, fats and proteins and thus ensure that you get energy from the food you eat. Each B vitamin does something different. Your body doesn’t make B vitamins on its own, you have to get them from your diet. If you don’t get enough of the B-complex vitamin, there’s a B-vitamin deficiency. You can recognize vitamin B deficiency through these symptoms.
Is it smart to just take too much of a B-complex vitamin at random? of course no. You will not be deficient in most of the B vitamins. The exception is vitamin B12: if you eat little or no animal products, you run the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Excessive intake can be harmful, especially for B vitamins.
What is vitamin B?
Which food contains vitamin B? B vitamins are found in many different foods. Below we list them for you for each B vitamin.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine): Grain products, such as bread and pasta. Potatoes, vegetables, meat (products) and dairy products.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Dairy products, meat (products), vegetables, fruits, and grain products.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Meat, fish, and poultry. Fruits, nuts, seeds and grain products. Your body also forms B3 from tryptophan, an amino acid found in protein-rich foods.
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): Meat, fish, eggs, potatoes, and dairy products. Vegetables, legumes and fruits.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): Meat, eggs, fish, grain products, fruits, potatoes, and legumes. There is also a little B6 in vegetables, milk, and cheese.
- Vitamin B8 (Biotin): Eggs, milk, soy products, liver, nuts, peanuts.
- Vitamin B11 (folic acid): Fruits and vegetables (especially green). Whole grain products such as bread. Meat and dairy.
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, such as meat(s), eggs, and dairy products.
Which fruit contains vitamin B?
Vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, and B11 can be found in different fruits. Bananas in particular are rich in vitamin B6. Strawberries and oranges contain a lot of vitamin B11. The Nutrition Center recommends eating two pieces of fruit every day and especially diversifying it. This is the best way to get all the important nutrients.
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