B vitamins


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

B vitamins

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.
Mentioned in: Beriberi
References in periodicals archive ?
B vitamins may keep those potentially dangerous genes silent.
The authors theorize that a deficiency of B vitamins induces a metabolic disorder that manifests with dysfunction of the brain's blood vessels and circulation, as well as with high homocysteine levels.
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.
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.
B Vitamins. Better intakes of vitamins B6, B12 and folate (or folic acid) may help reduce the risk for Alzheimer's disease.
B Vitamins. Vitamins B6, B12 and folate appear to aid brain function by lowering blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to clogged arteries, which slow blood flow to the brain.