The 11 members of what’s known as the vitamin B complex are critical nutrients for all things mind-related: mood, memory, even migraines can benefit from the B’s. In the right amounts, the B’s can quell anxiety, lift depression, ease PMS, and boost your energy. And getting them couldn’t be easier.
Some B vitamins help cells burn fats and glucose for energy. Others help make neurotransmitters like serotonin. And some B’s assist with the production and repair of DNA.
But if your stress level is high or your mood feels off-kilter, or if your diet is low in B’s, you’ll benefit from the higher amounts found in supplements.
Requirements increase with diets high in carbs and sugars
Reduce migraine headaches
Helps increase energy; needed for DNA repair; niacin form can cause flushing
Needed for neurotransmitters, such as serotonin; may relieve PMS
Speeds wound healing; high doses of panethine form can reduce cholesterol levels
Folic Acid (B9)
Lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, and birth defects; colon-cancer prevention
May improve memory and reverse mental fogginess
High dosages, combined with chromium, improve blood-sugar control
Needed for normal brain and memory function
Helpful for depression and anxiety attacks
Dosage: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily, preferably with a meal.