B complex vitamins – essential at an older age!
Aging is a natural life process that progresses from person to person at different speeds. Regardless of the fact that we all age and we can not really avoid it, healthy eating habits and aid in the form of dietary supplements, physical activity and a lack of stress help us delay old age.
The energy needs and needs for macro-nutritionists at an older age are reduced, and the need for micronutrients remains equal or greater than at mature age. Consequently, the elderly often meet the risk of vitamin and mineral deficiency. Among the most common deficits affecting elderly people are the lack of vitamin B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 and folic acid.
A large number of people over the age of 60 have a vitamin B12 deficiency and it is assumed that weaker memory and decreased mobility are associated with the lack of that vitamin, and are not just signs of aging.
Why are B complex vitamins important?
B complex vitamins are extremely important for many vital functions, primarily for creating and releasing energy in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism.
We distinguish eight vitamins belonging to the vitamin B group, which are therefore designated as B complex.
These are: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9), cyanobalamin (B12) and biotin (vitamin H). Since they belong to a group of water-soluble vitamins, our body can not store them. That is why their regular intake, i.e. constant presence is very important, either in our diet or aid in the form of dietary supplements.
Vitamins B are important for the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose – “propellant in our cells” which produces cellular energy, they participate in the degradation of fat and proteins, are important in the recovery of mucus epithelium, support red blood cell function and strengthen the function of the nervous system. During stress and exercise as well as with aging, the need for vitamin B intake increases.
Who should take B complex vitamins:
- people who are constantly tired and exhausted
- people with impaired immunity and general lack of energy
- people exposed to stress
- people who have difficulty concentrating and memorising
- people who have problems with mental functions