B vitamins

You may or may not have noticed that I missed out vitamin B on my vitamin lowdown this week, I hope I didn’t confuse you. I thought I’d leave B vitamins until the end and give you an overview, as there are many B vitamins that make up what we call a B complex. These include: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and folate. I’ll try to cover them all individually in the next few weeks but here’s a brief introduction.

Different B vitamins have a variety of functions in the body but collectively they are known for their role in energy metabolism i.e. helping to convert calories from food into energy for the body. There are a number of good sources of B vitamins, including:

  • meat
  • mushrooms
  • green leafy veg
  • fish
  • cheese
  • milk and yoghurt
  • avocados
  • eggs
  • oats
  • wholegrains
  • dried fruit

As with other micronutrients, there may be an increased requirement for B vitamins in sporting individuals compared to sedentary but there is limited and inconclusive evidence.


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