Vitamins can be a confusing category to navigate but when you’re getting all of the vitamins and nutrients you need you’ll be likely to have more energy and better recover from your workouts. This quick and easy guide will help you better understand B vitamins.
What are the B vitamins responsible for?
B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning your body will excrete the excess through your urine. Have you ever noticed that your urine is bright yellow after taking vitamin supplements? That’s the excess being passed through your system. Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that doesn’t get excreted through urine. Instead, it’s absorbed into the intestine.
B vitamins use your macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) to generate energy by acting as coenzymes–“helper” molecules that assist in a biochemical reaction within your body. B vitamins help support your immune and nervous systems along with aiding energy metabolism. Deficiencies of this vitamin can become an issue for athletes, hard-core gym goers, and competitive bodybuilders because their diets are very restrictive and their training demands are much more than someone who’s training for personal health. Your also lose B vitamins when you sweat.
Eating a diet that’s rich in the foods on the following slides will help ensure that you’re getting enough B vitamins. If you’re on a restrictive diet or feel that you might be deficient, consider taking a B complex supplement after consulting your doctor.