Body Energy Club B100 Bio Max
- Most Bioavailable forms of B Vitamins
- Added Sensoril optimized Ashwagandha for stress and mood management
- Added Rhodiola to support the nervous system and physical endurance
- Added Panax Ginseng to support cognitive function + energy production
Top 10 symptoms of B Vitamin deficiency:
1. Chronic Fatigue
2. Mood disorders
3. Tingling hands or feet
4. Skin conditions
5. Muscle weakness
6. Frequent Headaches
7. Gray hair
8. Frequent infections
9. Cardiovascular issues
10. Thinning hair
B vitamins play an essential role in cellular metabolism and other physiological processes in the body. These water-soluble vitamins are cofactors for many biochemical reactions and deficiencies can often be life threatening. A comprehensive B Complex supplement should be a staple for almost everyone.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) This is mostly found in grains, however, be sure they are unrefined as the refining process can strip the grain of the nutrients. Thiamin can become depleted with the consumption of alcohol, coffee, tea, sulfites and many types of medications and conditions including blood sugar issues, Crohn’s and MS. Alcoholics can develop thiamin deficiency and higher dosing is recommended in this population. Benfotiamine is the coenzyme form of thiamin and is the most bioavailable form of Vitamin B1. Thiamin is very important for nerve, eye and kidney health in diabetics. Excess sugar in the body, as found in diabetics, can cause irreparable damage to various tissues. Benfotiamine fights the processes that cause this damage and therefore reduces the overall effects of elevated blood sugar levels on these organs.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Riboflavin-5’-phosphate is the coenzyme form of this B vitamin. Riboflavin has many roles in the body one of them being to contribute to the production of Reduced Glutathione (GSH). GSH protects from cataract formation. Studies have found that increased Riboflavin intake is associated with reduced nuclear cataract formation. Riboflavin is also used in the treatment of migraine headaches. It has been found to be as effective as certain beta-blockers in reducing the frequency of migraines. Further, both Thiamin and Riboflavin play crucial roles in the Krebs cycle, a very important part of energy production in the body.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) This vitamin also plays a key role in the Krebs cycle and overall energy production. For those of you who remember the Krebs cycle from high school science, NADH is one of the products and is what is used to make ATP (energy) through oxidative phosphorylation or the electron transport chain. Niacin is the precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleodtide (NAD). NADH is simply the addition of a hydrogen atom to NAD a reaction that occurs in the Krebs cycle. Inositol hexanicotinate is a non-flushing form of niacin. Aside from it’s role in energy production, Niacin is helpful for treating peripheral vascular disease, intermittent claudication, Raynaud’s disease, hypercholesterolemia, lowering blood pressure, psoriasis, schizophrenia, mood disorders and many other health concerns.
Vitamin B5 (Pantethine, Calcium d-pantothenate) This is another big one for energy production. (I hope the redundancy is highlighting the relationship of B vitamins to energy or lack thereof.) It plays a crucial role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It is also an important cofactor in the production of cholesterol, hormones, neurotransmitters, porphyrin (part of the red blood cell), phospholipids (part of cell membranes) and antibodies (part of the immune system). Some people also claim that it fights wrinkles and prevents gray hair! If you suffer from fatigue, mood changes, headaches, tingling in the hands or frequent infections you may be deficient in Vitamin B5. Further, vitamin B5 is very important for the adrenals and therefore helps with modulating stress
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal 5-phosphate, Pyridoxal hydrochloride) Vitamin B6 is well known for the effect it has on improving mood. It is a necessary cofactor in the production of dopamine in the body. Pregnant women will often use it to relieve “morning sickness” and there is evidence that it can be helpful for some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. Vitamin B6 in combination with Vitamin B12 and Folic acid is associated with a decrease in homocysteine levels. High homocysteine is linked to increased cardiovascular risk. Further, consuming adequate amounts of vitamin B6 can help control blood sugar levels in your body
Vitamin B12 As mentioned above, Vitamin B12 is a very important methyl donor in the body that helps to decrease levels of homocysteine as well as prevent certain types of anemia. In conventional laboratory testing one would be considered B12 deficient if his or her levels were below 200pg/ml. However, many people suffer from the symptoms of low B12 even if they are not “clinically” deficient. These symptoms range from impaired cognitive function, mood changes, tingling in hands and feet and low energy. There are many reasons for low B12 levels: vegan diets, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, Crohn’s, atrophic gastritis and more. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I like to see B12 levels at least in the 600pg/ml range; however, there are more useful tests for assessing B12 status.
Biotin (AKA Vitamin B7) Biotin is very important for the health of connective tissues like skin hair and nails. Symptoms of biotin deficiency can be thinning hair, loss of colour of hair, red rash around the eyes, nose and mouth. Other symptoms include lowered mood, fatigue, tingling in the arms and legs. Studies have found that with an increase in biotin in the tissues there is a decrease in blood sugar levels. Therefore, biotin might be helpful for those with blood sugar regulation issues.
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) This is essential in pregnancy and is known for preventing neural tube defects. Folic acid is important for many methylation reactions in the body and when taken with B12 can help prevent certain types of anemia. Vitamin B12 and Folic acid are also important for keeping homocysteine levels in check, which as mentioned before high homocysteine is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. The form of folic acid that the body uses is 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). Some people have a mutation of the gene required to produce the enzyme that converts folic acid to the active 5-MTHF and therefore it is best to take folic acid that is already in this bioavailable form.
Choline This has traditionally been considered a B vitamin, however, this is controversial as the body can synthesize it. Choline is found in large quantities in nervous tissue and is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Choline is used in people who suffer from liver disease as well as respiratory problems. Though people use Choline for memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive and neurological disorders, it is still uncertain whether it is effective for these issues.
Inositol Though a carbohydrate, inositol is also considered part of the B complex family. It can be found in lecithin (choline is also found in lecithin), unprocessed grains, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, brewer’s yeast, molasses and liver. Inositol is not considered essential as it can be produced from glucose.It is an important component of all cell membranes in the body. Although there is insufficient evidence, people have used Inositol to help with high cholesterol. There is evidence that Inositol could be effective for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Panic disorders and Respiratory Distress Syndrome in premature infants.
PABA This is part of the folic acid molecule. It was once considered a B vitamin but is now considered a non-essential nutrient. It is naturally found in grains, eggs, milk and meat. Orally, PABA is used for a number of dermatological and connective tissue disorders like vitiligo and dermatomyositis. It has also been used for joint pain and to darken gray hair. Aside from the B Vitamins we have discussed, NAKA PRO B100 BioMax contains some of my favourite stress relieving, energizing, adaptogenic herbs.
Ashwagandha This herb is immunomodulatory, anti-stress, anxiolytic, analgesic, antitumour, antianaemic, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive as well as many other actions. In other words, it does everything! Traditionally, Ashwagandha has been used for managing stress responses, nervousness, joint pain, male and female fertility, anti-aging, immune support, inflammation and more. In my opinion, this is one of the best all around herbs. It is also known as the “promoter of learning and memory” and has been used to help with ADHD and cognitive decline. This herb is very good for people who have long-term stress, which is almost everyone in the type of society we live in.
Rhodiola This adaptogenic herb has been used in Russia for centuries to help increase the productivity of workers. It is also used to increase athletic performance, reduce fatigue, improve memory and concentration. This herb is regularly recommended for those who are under a lot of physical or mental stress and also need an extra boost of energy.
Panax Ginseng: AKA “the king of herbs.” In Asia this herb is said to absorb energy from the earth and prolong life. It is used to improve cognitive function and to help those who are under chronic stress.
B100 BioMax is all about energy, stress management as well as improved cognitive and physical function. This is a supplement designed to give the body everything it needs to meet the demands of our fast paced lives.