Getting to Know Your B Vitamins


The B vitamins are a confusing lot. First off, unlike the other vitamins, the B vitamins are plural instead of singular and are broken up into over a half dozen numeral designations. Even more annoying, there are gaps in the numbers.  B4, for example, was choline, but choline lost its vitamin status for only being vitamin-like. It still gets grouped with the B vitamins sometimes because it’s an essential nutrient. But it’s not really a vitamin. So B4 gets skipped.  Folate is known as vitamin B9, but it’s often not listed as vitamin B9. It’s just chillaxing somewhere nearby, under one of its two names: folate or folic acid. (The latter is man-made).  Some people also call folate vitamin M just to confuse everything to greater degree. Furthermore, if you read the list of ex-B vitamins, there are still inexplicable gaps. The B-vitamins are like a terrible, unsorted junk drawer of health. Let’s try to sort out their basic functions here.

1. Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 

  • It helps the body turn carbohydrates into glucose for fuel
  • Needed to metabolize fats and proteins
  • It plays an important role in your nervous system
  • Thiamin is important for healthy, hair, skin, and liver
  • It is needed for proper brain function

2. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 

  • Riboflavin is the best name out of all vitamins
  • Has antioxidant properties
  • Helps metabolize food
  • Also helps metabolize other B vitamins
  • Needed for healthy skin, hair and brain

3. Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

  • It helps to metabolize food
  • Essential for nervous system and brain health
  • Important for proper digestion
  • Needed for healthy hair and skin

4. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 

  • Helps to convert food into fuel
  • Critical to red blood cell production
  • Needed to synthesize cholesterol
  • Promotes a healthy digestive tract
  • Helps in the manufacture of sex and stress hormones

5. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal, Pyridoxine, Pyridoxamine)

  • Lowers homocysteine levels
  • Helps convert food into energy
  • Assists in production of neurotransmitters
  • Aids the body in serotonin creation
  • Related to cognitive functioning
  • Immune system health

6. Vitamin B7 (Biotin)/ Vitamin H 

  • Converts food into energy
  • Good for hair and nails
  • Critical for embryonic growth during pregnancy
  • Makes and breaks down some fatty acids

7. Vitamin B9 Folate/Folic Acid 

  • Helps prevent brain/spine defects in infants
  • Reduces homocysteine levels
  • May protect against colon cancer
  • Essential for cognitive functioning
  • Found in beet juice
  • Needed for new cell creation

8. Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) 

  • Reduces homocysteine levels
  • Helps create new cells
  • Important for metabolism and in the central nervous system
  • Assists in creating new blood cells
  • Breaks down some fatty and amino acids

There you have it. Your B vitamins. They all assist with metabolism and help out with cognitive functioning and mood.  They basically keep your body and mind on an even keel.  You’ll find a good amount of folate in Red Rush. For all your other B-vitamin needs, may I suggest Peak Endurance? It has a battery of B vitamins, making it the perfect companion for Red Rush beet juice.


Published by The AIM Companies

The AIM Companies pioneered the use of plants—barley, carrots, and beets—as vehicles to deliver the body concentrated nutrition conveniently. Founded in 1982 in Nampa, Idaho, The AIM Companies has operations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, providing AIM products to more than 30 countries around the world.

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