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Nutrition Stop

Brainy B Vitamins

B vitamins are essential for brain function.  They help make brain chemicals and also lower homocysteine levels which can damage brain cells.


B1, thiamin: in foods like bran and brewer's yeast, it enables the brain to process energy from sugar and proteins.


B2, riboflavin: help maintain the nerve's myelin, a substance that insulates the nerves and aids conduction.  Available in eggs, fish, and leafy vegetables.


B3, niacin:  needed for the proper activity of the nervous system.  Good sources include fish, peanuts, brewer's yeast, and wheat germ.


Pantothenic acid:  relative of the Bs, helps the body convert choline in acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that promotes nerve function.  Found in eggs, fish, milk, and whole grains.


B6, pyridoxine:  assists in normal function of the nervous system.  Obtainable in dark green, leafy vegetables, colored fruits and vegetables and whole grain products.


Folic acid, folate:  found in green, leafy vegetables, brewer's yeast and liver; helps synthesize nucleic acids such as RNA and DNA.  Women of childbearing age should take a supplement with folate.


B12, cobalimin:  is important in DNA function and cell division, and is also necessary for cellular metabolism.  Sources include meat, fish, dairy products, and eggs.  Vegetarians and older folks should take supplements.