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What is B-Complex?

Vitamin B-complex is a group of water-soluble vitamins that are a vital necessity for human metabolic functions. Food Alchemy B-complex combines all of the essential eight B-vitamins, such as vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (cobalamin).

Why Christara B-complex?

  • Liquid B-complex is more bio-available than capsules and tablets
  • Whole-food derived as nature intended without synthetic formulation
  • Non-GMO and gluten free
  • No fillers, additives or artificial preservatives
  • Physician-formulated

Benefits of B-complex:

Every operating system in our body requires the presence of B-vitamins to function.

  • Nervous and Immune System
    Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) has been shown to effectively support the body's natural defense system and reduce stress-induced pathologies.6 Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is a natural body cleanser, which rids the bodily fluids of toxins.3

  • Energy
    Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine) along with CoQ10 all contribute to make and synthesize energy.5

  • Heart Function
    Dr. Robert Clarke has associated vitamin B9 (folic acid) to lower homocysteine levels, which are a key indicator for cardiovascular disease.2,10

  • Pregnancy
    The US Food and Drug Administration has stated: "Taking folic acid before you're pregnant is essential in reducing the risk of birth defects [spina bifida and anencephaly]. It's important to absorb folic acid in your blood so that when you do become pregnant, your baby will have a healthy start."16

  • Brain Function- Healthy members of the general population may benefit from augmented levels of vitamins/minerals via direct dietary supplementation. Specifically, supplementation led to improved ratings of stress, mental health and vigor and improved cognitive performance during intense mental processing."15 In the Journal of Headache and Pain, a group of scientists have identified vitamin B2 (riboflavin) as a key agent in treating migraines.1 David Smith, a lead researcher from the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University, has been able to dramatically slow down brain atrophy [such as Alzheimer's] by up to 30-53% with the use of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid) and B12 (cobalamin).17 A group of top physicians from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine have found that taking vitamin B-Complex daily "improve(s) the overall mental health quality in the life of adults with Major Depressive Disorder and other depressive disorders with no side effects" within 60 DAYS.7

  • Metabolism
    Dr. John Rumberger, a leading figure at the Princeton Longevity Center, has stated that vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) "works at the cellular level, and helps maintain balance of cholesterol levels" by lowering LDL levels.4

Common signs (symptoms) of deficiency

  • Obesity and Fatigue
    B-vitamins break down fats and carbohydrates for energy (Being B-vitamin deficient increases fat storage and energy loss)18

  • Stress Depletes B-vitamins
    Under stressful situations, the continuous release of cortisone hormones (stress hormones) depletes the body's B-vitamins. In today's world, stress is a normal condition, making most of us B-vitamin deficient.15

  • Memory Loss & Sensorimotor Dysfunction- Jacob Selhub and his group of researchers highly correlate deficiencies of vitamins B9, B6, and B12 with neurological, psychological, and neurocognitive dysfunction.11

  • Anxiety & Depression
    "Symptoms of vitamin B … deficiency include difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia, [and] poor memory…" National Institute of Health12,7,13

  • Digestive Problems, Gluten & Lactose Intolerance
    Continuous research has found "ample evidence to suggest that withdrawing gluten [and B-vitamins] from the diet may result in a nutritionally unbalanced diet." These two nutritional necessities are being aggressively researched based on their ability to alkalize the digestive tract and lower cardiovascular disease.12 Although there is no conclusive research, clinical data suggests supplementing healthy levels of B-vitamins for a period of 90-days or longer, reverses gluten & lactose intolerance.

Dangerous disorders due to chronic Vitamin B deficiency

  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (degenerative connective tissue disorder)
    Lack of vitamin B may exacerbate symptoms associated with this connective tissue disorder.8

  • Stroke
    "…vitamin B lower(s) homocysteine levels in the blood, which are associated with atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries), as well as an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clot formation and possibly Alzheimer's disease."9

  • Heart Disease
    Numerous clinical-based research studies have identified a link between decreased homocysteine levels (decreased homocysteine levels are a precursor to heart disease) with decreased folic acid levels.2,10,12

Articles & Sources

(1) Condo, M., Posar, A., Arbizzani, A., & Parmeggiani, A. (2009). Riboflavin prophylaxis in pediatric and adolescent migraine. The Journal of Headache and Pain, 10, 361-365. doi: 10.1007/s10194-009-0142-2

(2) Dr. Robert Clarke stated in British Medical Journal (BMJ 1998; 316: 894-898)

(3) Toyosawa, T., Suzuki, M., Kodama, K., & Araki, S. (2004). Highly purified vitamin B12 presents a promising therapeutic strategy for sepsis and septic shock. Infection and Immunity, 72(3), 1820-1823. doi: 10.1128/IAI.72.3.1820–1823.2004

(4) Rumberger, J.A., Napolitano, J., Azuman, I., Kamiya, T., & Evans, M. (2011). Pantethine, a derivative of viamin b(5) used as a nutritional supplement, favorably alters low-density lipoprotein cholesterol metabolism in low-to moderate-cardiovascular risk North American subjects: a triple-blinded placebo and diet-controlled investigation. Nutrition Research, 31(8), 608-615. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2011.08.001.

(5) Willis, R., Anthony, M., Sun, L., Honse, Y., & Qiao, G. (1999). Clinical implications of the correlation between coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin B6 status. Biofactors, 9(2.4), 359-363.

(6) Moreira, E.S., Brasch, N.E., & Yun, J. (2011). Vitamin B12 protects against superoxide-induced cell injury in human aortic endothelial cells. Free Radical and Biology, 51(4), 876-883. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2011.05.034.

(7) Lewis, J.E., Tiozzo, E., Melillo, A.B., Leonard, S., Chen, L., Mendez, A., Woolger, J.M., & Konefal, J. (2012). The effect of methylated vitamin B complex on depressive anxiety symptoms and quality of life in adults with depression. ISRN Psychiatry, 2013(621453), 1-7. doi: 10.1155/2013/621453

(8) Castori, M. (2012). Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type: An underdiagnosed hereditary tissue disorder with mucocutaneous, articular, and systemic manifestations. ISRN Dermatology, 2012(751768), 1-22. doi:10.5402/2012/751768

(9) http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/19/vitamin

(10) Hankey, G.J., Eikelboo, J.W., Yi, Q., Lees, K.R., Chen, C., Xavier, D., Navarro, J.C., Ranawaka, U.K., Uddin, W., Ricci, S., Gommans, J., Schmidt, R. (2012). Antiplatelet therapy and the effects of B vitamins in patients with previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack: a post-hoc subanalysis of VITATOPS, a randomized, plavebo-controlle trial. Lancet Neurology, 2012(11), 512-520. doi: 0.1016/S1474- 4422(12)70091-1

(11) Selhub, J., Troen, A., & Rosenberg, I.H. (2010). B vitamins and the aging brain. Nutrition Reviews, 68(2), 112-118. doi: 0.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00346.x

(12) Hallert, C., Svensson, M., Tholstrup, J., & Hultberg, B. (2009) Clinical trial: B vitamins improve health in patients with celiac disease living on a gluten-free diet. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 29, 811-816. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2036.2009.03945.x

(13) Roberts, S.H., Bedson, E., & Tranter, R. (2010). Half-baked? B vitamins and depression. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92, 269-270.

(14) NIH Factsheet

(15) -Kennedy, D.O., Veasey, R., Watson, A., Dodd, F., Jones, E., Maggini, S. & Haskell, C.F. (2010). Effects of high-dose B vitamin complex with vitamin C and minerals on subjective mood and performance in healthy males. Psychopharmacology, 211, 55-68. doi: 10.1007/s00213-010-1870-3

(16) http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/19/vitamin

(17) Smith AD, Smith SM, de Jager CA, Whitbread P, Johnston C, et al. (2010) Homocysteine-Lowering by B Vitamins Slows the Rate of Accelerated Brain Atrophy in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12244. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012244

(18) Ruxton, C.H.S. (2011). Nutritional implications of obesity and dieting. Nutrition Bulletin, 36(2), 199-211.

(19) http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/19/vitamin