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Are you getting enough B vitamins?

According to Burt Berkson in his book, User's Guide to the B-Complex Vitamins, adults may benefit from taking more B vitamins than the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) suggest.


The RDAs were created during World War II by a panel of nutrition experts to prevent diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies in military recruits. While the RDAs, as well as the Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs) and Daily Values (DVs) on food labels, have been updated over the years, they are still based on their original purpose of providing the minimum amounts necessary to prevent deficiencies that cause diseases like pellagra (niacin deficiency) and beriberi (thiamine deficiency) in most healthy people, rather than maximizing health and nutrition.


It might surprise you that B-Complex has been known to help with:

  • Energy

  • Canker sores

  • Acne

  • Mood

  • ADD

  • Hives

  • Sleep regulation


Of all eight B vitamins, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) may be the best researched for its role in sleep interactions.


Vitamin B12 helps increase the body’s production of melatonin, making it important for regulating sleep-wake cycles.

"Vitamin B" was once thought to be a single nutrient that existed in extracts of rice, liver, or yeast.

Researchers later discovered that these extracts contained several vitamins, which were given distinguishing numbers.

There are actually eight different B vitamins, and together they play an important role in keeping our bodies healthy while also greatly affecting our moods.


Each B-complex vitamin has a fundamentally different purpose and a very distinct chemical structure from the others. So if you are going to take a B vitamin supplement, it makes sense to choose a product with all eight vitamins, rather than an incomplete product.

That's why my preferred B vitamin supplement was never sold as a single B vitamin. It has always been sold as a complex.

Thanks for reading, Jody on behalf of Your Shaklee Team

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