Lost B Vitamins, Do They Exist? Yes They Do!


B4, B8, B10 and B11 are no longer recognised as vitamins because they do not meet the official criteria that make up the central B-Complex Vitamin Family.

  1. Vitamin B4 (adenine)
  2. Vitamin B8 (inositol)
  3. Vitamin B10 (para amino benzoic acid – PABA)
  4. Vitamin B11 (salicylic acid)

We will take a brief look at each of the four B vitamins listed, focusing on how they contribute to good physical and mental health, we’ll also look at some of the best sources for each.

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Lost Cousins of The B Complex Family

These B vitamins are classified differently from the other eight B vitamins because the body cannot produce them.

However, many would argue that they are essential in their own right regardless of the amount needed or from what source they come from. It is because of this mindset that they are still very much in use today.

Vitamin B4 (adenine)

Without this vitamin, your immune system

Vitamin B4

could be compromised, diminishing your body’s ability to fight viruses and infections.

Vitamin B4 makes a vital contribution to cell formation and the healthy development of body tissues.

B4 is also needed to slow down the degeneration and mutation of cells. Warding off free radicals possibly slowing down our ageing process by maintaining energy levels.

B4 also plays a role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

All in all, Vitamin B4 is a pretty essential vitamin in my book.

Best Food Source

A varied selection of food sources that contain vitamin B4, including whole grains, beans, lentils, seeds and nuts, sunflower seeds, almond, dark, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, citrus fruits, avocados and bananas.

Vitamin B8 ( inositol)

Inositol is a structure commonly called vitamin B8, because it is a B vitamin that can be manufactured by the body, it is not technically a vitamin.

Inositol is an organic component of every cell membrane and functions in a similar way to choline. The body naturally produces a few grams of inositol each day.

Best Food Source


Cantaloupe melon, oranges and other citrus fruits, lecithin oil, seeds, whole grain, pulses, nuts, yeast, liver, brown rice, cereals, soy flour and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B10 (para amino benzoic acid – PABA)

Vitamin B10, also known as vitamin R (Rituximab) and supports the growth of microorganisms in the body; today, you will often see bara-amino benzoic acid or PABA.

PABA is a component of pteroylmonoglutamic acid and is also known as Vitamin BX.

Vitamin B10 has a role in the growth of microorganisms in the gut. As a supplement, it can help heal irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastrointestinal distress and a variety of inflammatory reactions. Other reported health benefits of B10 include acting as an anti-allergen for the skin, alleviating rheumatic fever, and as an anti-ageing agent working to eliminate lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.

In the past, it was a common ingredient in sunscreen, as it blocks UVB rays, and limited research also suggests that PABA supplements may help darken grey hair and improve skin issues that involve tissue buildup and hardening.

Best Food source

Most dark green leafy vegetables, including spinach and broccoli, whole grains, yoghurt, molasses, mushrooms, and eggs.


Vitamin B11 (salicylic acid)

Vitamin B11 was the name given to salicylic acid and factor S, which is a form of folic acid (Vitamin B9).

Vitamin B11 often works in tandem with B12 in the formation of DNA and RNA. B11 also contributes to the growth and the construction of body tissues and the fetus’s brains and spinal cord during embryogenesis. Women of childbearing age must take a folic acid supplement, whether pregnant or not, as many women will not know precisely when they become pregnant, especially if unplanned.

Vitamin B11 is an ingredient used in many anti-acne creams and benefits many other skin treatments, so it’s great for the health of your skin too.

Best Food Source

Lots of dark greens again including, spinach and broccoli and kale, potatoes, oranges, poultry, organ meats, liver, cheese and egg yolk.

The Gang of 8 (B-Complex Vitamins)

The usual ‘gang of 8’ all help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which helps produce energy, commonly referred to as B Complex Vitamins.

  1. Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  2. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin, also known as vitamin G).
  3. Vitamin B3 (niacin, nicotinic acid not same as nicotine)
  4.  Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  5. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxine, pyridoxamine)
  6. Vitamin B7 (biotin, vitamin H, coenzyme R)
  7. Vitamin B9 (folic acid, folate, folacin)
  8. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

Should I Include Vitamin Supplements in My Diet?


Vitamin and mineral-rich foods, along with vitamin supplements, is the way to go in making sure you are providing your immune system and your body with the very best care and all the nutrients it needs.

Please always be mindful that the correct balance of vitamins and minerals you take is crucial to address and needs ample time and serious consideration.

As the old saying goes, “too much of a good thing can be a bad thing”,

The above statement is very old but also very accurate, especially in this particular case. Overdoing vitamins and minerals can do you a lot more harm than actual good.

Always Do Your Due Diligence

Please, do your due diligence, find out what vitamins and minerals you may or may not be lacking.


Should I Consult My Doctor Before Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Excessive use of vitamins and minerals can cause serious side effects and health problems if taken with some prescription drugs or taking the incorrect dosage.

Usually, vitamin and mineral supplements are sold without a prescription and are easier to obtain and you should always seek advice and guidance from your doctor or health worker especially If you have any underlying health conditions.

*Please note the information in this post is intended for the purpose of general information only and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals & that I may get a commission for purchases made through links in this post.

2 thoughts on “Lost B Vitamins, Do They Exist? Yes They Do!

  1. HealthGuru06 says:

    Who knew there were so many different types of Vitamin B!! Interesting info! – Great read!!

    1. Mitch says:

      That’s what I thought too! ??

      Hi HealthGuru06

      Thanks for dropping, yes there are quite a few, I was surprised there were so many myself and all really important, currently accessing which ones if any I need to supplement.

      I’ll be posting more info, results and updates as I go along.

      Thank you so much for your contribution to the discussion and hope to see you again soon

      Wishing You A Healthy & Happy 2021

      Mitch X-).


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