Stressed? Need more energy? Super B 50 provides nutritional support for the nervous system during times of physical and mental stress and contains high doses of the B-group vitamins required by the body for the conversion of food into energy. Super B 50 also aids digestion (including the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates) and can assist in maintaining healthy blood. Also contains vitamin C, which may be beneficial during times of increased demand.
Vitamin B Deficiency
Luckily, few Australians are ever likely to be affected by severe forms of vitamin B deficiency. However, milder deficiency states do occur, so we’ve put this handy checklist together to give you an overview.
Vitamin B1: Early deficiency symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, and memory and sleep problems.
People most at risk: Older people, teenagers, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people who consume alcohol to excess or eat large quantities of white rice.
Vitamin B2: Symptoms of mild deficiency can include cracks or sores in the corners of the lips, tongue problems, hair loss, fatigue, dermatitis and increased sensitivity to light.
People most at risk: Older people, teenage girls, and people who consume little or no meat or dairy products.
Vitamin B3 (niacin): Symptoms of mild deficiency may include weakness, tongue problems, and sensitivity to sunlight.0
People most at risk: People whose diets are significantly lacking in nutrients and those with malabsorption states (for example chronic diarrhoea) and other health problems.
Vitamin B5: Outright deficiency is very rare, but may cause symptoms including fatigue, weakness, dizziness, tummy problems, and burning sensations in the feet and lower legs.
Vitamin B6: Deficiency symptoms may include dermatitis, cracks in the corner of the mouth, tongue problems, fatigue, confusion and mood problems. Blood tests may show elevated levels of homocysteine (a marker that indicates increased risk of cardiovascular problems).
People most at risk: Older people, people who consume large amounts of alcohol, or people with health conditions that prevent them absorbing nutrients effectively.
Vitamin B12: Deficiency symptoms may be subtle, and can include fatigue, breathlessness, low appetite, weight loss, and (especially in older people) changes in memory and cognition.
People most at risk: Older people, vegetarians and vegans.
Folic acid: Symptoms may include tiredness, headaches, hair loss, sleeping difficulties and nausea. Additionally, women who are deficient in folic acid during early pregnancy are more likely to have a baby with neural tube defects.
People most at risk: People who don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables, those who drink too much alcohol, older people, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Although mild deficiency states in some B vitamins are relatively common, severe deficiency of any of the B-complex group of vitamins can be serious. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional if you’re concerned that you may be affected or if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
Watch our video on Vitamin B below: