Come meet the extraordinary Doctors at the Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic!
Come for a chat and learn about the importance of B vitamins on Saturday, October 3 from 10AM to 2 PM at the Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic at suite 218, 179 Davie Street, near the corner of Pacific Blvd. The entrance to the building is between the HSBC Bank and Urban Fare, Aquarius Professional Offices.
A B vitamin injection consists of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and vitamin B9 (folate). Read on for their uses and for the role of all the other B vitamins that you can get from food, orally or intravenously.
Some of the Many Benefits of those Beautiful B’s!
- Improves mood
- Improves energy
- Brain health and mental clarity
- Hormone balancing
- Stress management
- Clearing the body of toxins
Could You be Deficient?
Some are more at risk for deficiencies than others. These include those who are vegetarian or vegan, consume excess amounts of caffeine, consume alcohol in excess, have a diet that is NOT rich in fresh and whole foods such as dark leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, eggs, quality meats, poultry and fish. Also some medications can deplete the body of some of the B vitamins, including the birth control pill and stomach acid blocking medications.
Another reason for deficiency can also be because of modern practices in food processing such as milling and the inclusion of food additives that act against these nutrients.
Also, at times, those who may be on very restrictive diets, whether they are fad diets or restrictions due to many food allergies and sensitivities may also start to exhibit deficiency symptoms. Make sure you talk to your Naturopathic Doctor to ensure you are getting enough.
Meet the B vitamins!
B1 or Thiamine is especially important for carbohydrate metabolism in the brain, therefore energy in the brain.
It can be found in highest amounts in brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds, beef and some organ meats as well as in salmon, chickpeas, collards, asparagus and some grains.
Deficiencies often show up as mental confusion and low appetite.
Thiamin may be used to help with depression, anemia, insomnia and sensory neuropathy, among others. It may also help repel mosquitoes if taken orally!
B2 or Riboflavin is important for fat and sugar metabolism, along with making some of it’s fellow B vitamins available for use in the body; Pyridoxine (B6), Niacin (B3) and Folate (B9).
It can be found in some organ meats, beef, chicken, broccoli, almonds and some cheeses and grains.
If you are deficient in Riboflavin you will exhibit the signs of other B vitamin deficiencies but specifically cracking at the corners of the mouth and dry and scaly skin conditions.
Riboflavin has been used in the treatment of rosacea, anemia, depression and cataracts.
B3 or Niacin is important for the use of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the body, as well as detoxing the body of alcohol. It is important in fatty acid production and some hormones in the body, as well as the regeneration of glutathione in the body, the body’s mother of all antioxidants.
Niacin is mostly found in fish, organ meats, whole eggs, some nuts and seeds and chicken and beef.
Classic signs of a true Niacin deficiency are dermatitis worse in the sun, diarrhea, dementia and in some cases death. Alcoholism is a major cause of Niacin deficiency, as well as overconsumption of corn that is not processed with an alkaline solution.
Niacin has a long list of conditions it may help to treat including high cholesterol, schizophrenia, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, Raynaud’s, migraines, dysmenorrhea, addictions, and more.
B5 or Pantothenic Acid is especially important for adrenal function and therefore helping us manage stress! It is also important in detoxing form certain drugs as well as transmission of nerve impulses.
Pantothenic acid is mostly found in organ meats and chicken, beef, turkey and brewer’s yeast, as well as eggs, sweet potato and some nuts and grains.
Common signs of a deficiency are depression, easy fatigue, insomnia, lowered immunity, gut disturbance and light-headedness on standing.
It is most commonly useful in helping to treat stress, allergies, autoimmune disease and anemia.
B6 or Pyridoxine is important for the production of numerous neurotransmitters as well as well as the use of energy stores in the liver and muscle. It is vital for the formation of components of the myelin sheath that insulates nerves and allows proper functioning, as well as in the production of intrinsic factor, which is vital for B12 absorption in the gut.
It can be found in bran cereals, pork, fish, avocados, other grains and some nuts and seeds, as well as broccoli, brussel sprouts, beef and some organ meats.
Deficiency can manifest as nausea, depression, vomiting, and irritability. Milling in food processing removes up to 90% of the B6 contained in conventional foods.
Pyridoxine is useful in the treatment of PMS, nausea in pregnancy, neurological concerns, depression, dementia, anemia, asthma and acne to name a few.
B7 or Biotin is a cofactor used in the production of fatty acids, it is involved in the production and release of insulin, as well as that of pancreatic amylase, an enzyme required for digestion of starches.
Biotin is found in some organ meats, eggs, lamb, oats, chicken and fish as well as some grains.
A deficiency is often seen early as change sin the skin, similar to B1 deficiency scaly and dry skin as well as nausea and low appetite. It may also show up as elevated blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
It is useful in treating seborrheic dermatitis in infants (or cradle cap), cardiovascular disease and may strengthen nails and hair growth.
B9 or Folate is essential for the production of mature red blood cells as well as components of DNA.
It is found in liver, chicken and beef, firm tofu, swiss chard, bok choi, dandelion greens and broccoli, as well as beef, lentils, sprouted peas and squash among others.
It is estimated that folate deficiencies are as high as 60% in pregnancy.
Deficiencies show up as anemia and other blood disorders, gut disturbances and swollen tongue.
Folate is used in the treatment of neural tube defects, depression, cervical dysplasia and gout to name a few.
B12 or Cobalamin is an important cofactor for the transfer of methyl groups, which is vital for many pathways in the body to move forward, such as regenerating our major antioxidant, glutathione, synthesizing DNA and therefore mature red blood cells and other cells, myelin sheaths that insulate nerves and for carbohydrate metabolism for energy in the brain and nervous system.
The best sources of B12 in the diet is in liver, beef, fish, lamb, eggs, chicken and some dairy products, as well as spirulina, chlorella, Brewer’s yeast and Nori.
Deficiencies occur for a number of reasons, such as low stomach acid, pregnancy and gastrectomy. Signs and symptoms include peripheral neuropathy, anemia, fatigue, depression, confusion and memory loss.
B12 is useful in treating neurological concerns, anemia, herpes zoster, canker sores, fatigue, depression, anemia in pregnancy, insomnia and heart disease, to name only a few.
Injection versus Oral doses
While the best sources of the B vitamins are in food, there are a number of reasons why we don’t get enough, such as eating a diet more heavily weighted in processed foods and not in fresh whole foods, as well as experiencing illness or stress.
Supplementation can be a good idea. For many a simple good quality B complex will be enough to supplement the diet but some of the B vitamins are poorly absorbed or depleted easily.
Who Should Come to our Open House? You!
Anyone can benefit from a B vitamin injection and anyone can benefit from a dose of Naturopathic Medicine!
There will be treats and tea and conversation to enjoy. You will also have the option to have a free 15-minute private consult with one of the Doctors to explore whether Naturopathic Medicine is right for you.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dr. Adam McLeod, ND
Dr. McLeod practices at the Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic in Vancouver, BC and has a special focus on Integrative cancer care.