B vitamins | definition of B vitamins by Medical dictionary
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This family of vitamins consists of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin, folic acid (B9), and cobalamin (B12). They are interdependent and involved in converting glucose to energy.
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In the study, more than 5,000 women over the age of 42 took supplemental B vitamins (2,500 micrograms of folio acid, 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 and 1 milligram of vitamin B12) in hopes of reducing cancer risk.
This isn't the first study to find a link between B vitamins and cancer in postmenopausal women.
B vitamins aren't stored in the body, as with fat-soluble vitamins and minerals.
The evidence is inconclusive, but it makes sense B vitamins would be required for athletic performance because of their role in energy production and tissue repair.
Extra B vitamins will help provide you with extra energy.
But the B vitamins are critical to the pathways in your body that convert the food you eat into energy.
The B vitamins
don't generate much excitement; they don't have the antioxidant cachet of vitamins C and E.