10 fascinating facts about B vitamins

Vitamin B1 was the first neurotropic B Vitamin to be discovered – Dutch physician and pathologist. Christiaan Eijk,an, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1929 for his research around Vitamin B1. 1,2

The colour of pure Vitamin B12 is dark red 3

Isolated Vitamin B6 deficiency is uncommon. Low B6 levels are usually associated with other Vitamin deficiencies 4

2 out of 5 people over the age of 50 years are unable to absorb Vitamin B12 from animal products in their diet 5

Severe thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency can cause a form of dementia 2

B Vitamins are water soluble and not stored in the body in any significant amounts. They are excreted in the urine.6

Vitamin B12 must bind to a substance secreted by the stomach (Intrinsic Factor) before it can be absorbed.5

Processing, refining and cooking foods can decrease the thiamine (Vitamin B1) content e.g. baking wheat into bread, throwing out vegetable cooking water and polishing brown rice.7

Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products and cannot be found naturally in any substantial amounts in plant-based foods except for dried purple laver or nori (seaweed)5,8

Vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 enzyme reactions in the body.6



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