Lost Cousins of The B Complex Family
- Vitamin B4 (adenine)
- Vitamin B8 (inositol)
- Vitamin B10 (para amino benzoic acid – PABA)
- Vitamin B11 (salicylic acid)
The above list of B vitamins are no longer recognized as vitamins so do not meet the official criteria for them to be included with the other 8 B Vitamins that make up the main B-Complex Vitamin Family.
This is because they cannot be produced by the body, however many would argue that they are essential in their own right regardless of amount needed or from which source obtained.
That is why they are still in very much in use and still recommended for bodily needs and purposes and all contribute to a robust immune system and great overall health.
We will take a brief look at what B vitamins they are, focusing on the roles and responsibilities each has with regards to ensuring a robust immune system along with great physical and great mental health too.
Vitamin B4 (adenine)
Without this vitamin your immune system
Vitamin B4 make an important contribution to cell formation and the healthy development of body tissues and stopping the degeneration and mutation of cells warding off the activities of free radicals, possibly slowing down our aging 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, not strictly an essential B vitamin because it can be synthesized in the body.
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) supports the growth of microorganisms in the body, today you will often see bara-amino benzoic acid or PABA.
PABA is actually a component of pteroylmonoglutamic acid and is also referred to as Vitamin BX.
Vitamin B10 has a role in the growth of microorganisms in the gut and as a supplement it can help heal irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastrointestinal distress, as well as 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-aging 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, yogurt, molasses, mushrooms, and eggs.
Vitamin B11 (salicylic acid)
Vitamin B11 was the name given to salicylic acid as well as factor S and pteryl-hepta-glutamic acid is also listed Vitamin B11, but it turns out this is actually a form of folic acid (Vitamin B9).
Vitamin B11 often works in tandem with B12 in the formation of DNA and RNA and also contributes growth and the formation of body tissues as well as the fetus’s brains and spinal cord during embryogenesis.
It;s really important that woman of child bearing age to ensure they are taking a supplement of folic acid whether pregnant or not as many woman will not know exactly when they become pregnant, especially if unplanned.
Vitamin B11 is also being used as an ingredient in some anti-acne creams, and benefiting in the treatment many other skin treatments.
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 (carohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is then used to produce energy and are commonly referred to as B Complex Vitamins.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin also know as vitamin G).
- Vitamin B3 (niacin, nicotinic acid not same as nicotine)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxine, pyridoxamine)
- Vitamin B7 (biotin, vitamin H, coenzyme R)
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid, folate, folacin)
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
Should I Include Vitamin Supplements in My Diet?
Vitamin and mineral-rich foods along with vitamin supplements is definitely 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.
But, please always be mindful that the correct balance of vitamins and minerals you take is a really important factor 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 true especially in this particular case, overdoing vitamin and minerals can actually do you a lot more harm than actual good.
Always Do Your Due Diligence!
So please, do your due diligence, find out what vitamins and minerals you may or may not be lacking in.
Should I Consult My Doctor Before Taking Vitamin Supplements?
Its really important you take the recommended daily amounts, the excessive use of vitamins and minerals can cause serious health problems.
Supplements are sold without prescription and can be easily brought and sold.
If you have any underlying health conditions, taking any prescribed medication or already taking vitamin supplements you should always seek advice and guidance from your doctor or health worker.
This is really important because some supplements can cause some serious side effects if not taken in the right dosage.
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*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for the purpose of general information and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgement of healthcare professionals.