The B vitamins help to maintain the health of the nerves, sin, eyes, hair, liver, and mouth, as well as healthy muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract and proper brain function.
B-complex vitamins act as coenzymes, helping enzymes to react chemically with other substances, and are involved in energy production. They may be useful for alleviating depression or anxiety as well. Adequate intake of the B vitamins is very important for elderly people because these nutrients are not as well absorbed as we age.
There have even been cases of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease whose problems were later found to be due to a deficiency of vitamin B12 plus the B complex vitamins. The B vitamins should always be taken together, but up to two to three times more of one B vitamin than another can be taken for a period of time if needed for a particular disorder.
There are spray and sublingual forms that are absorbed more easily, which are good choices for older adults and those with absorption problems. Because the B vitamins work together, a deficiency in one often indicates a deficiency in another.
Source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing 5th Edition
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