Essential Vitamins and Supplements Starting with B.

BETA-CAROTENEbeta

What Is it?

This vitamin is part of a group of red, orange and yellow pigments called carotenoids. The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A; it accounts for 50 percent of out A intake. It protects cells from damage and may protect against breast and ovarian cancers.

Where Can You Get It?

Beta-carotene can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

How Much Is Enough?

More research is needed to set an RDA for beta-carotene.

Any Concerns?

Most health authorities-including the American Cancer Society – recommend that you get beta-carotene from food only, as supplements might not offer the same benefits and may be dangerous if taken in high doses. Also, beta-carote can be bad for smokers- it may increase the risk of colon, lung and prostate cancers.

 

 

BIFIDOBACTERIUMbif

What Is It? 

A healthy bacteria that acts as a probiotic-it populates your gut and helps with digestion and digestive issue, including traveler’s diarrhea and infant and child diarrhea, following antibiotic treatment. It’s also used to manage skin conditions like eczema, yeast infections, lactose intolerance, even Lyme disease and cancer.

Where Can You Get It?

Known as a lactic acid bacteria, it turns up in fermented foods like yogurt and cheese. You can also get it in pill from.

How Much Is Enough?

Depending on the use, the dosage can vary widely. Consult the packaging.

Any Concerns?

People with a compromised immune system (those with HIV/AIDS, for example), should be wary of live bacteria. Stomach bloating can be a side effect.

Look for live-culture yogurt to get a tasty dose of bifidobacterium.

 

 

BIOTINb7

What Is it?

Also known as B7, Biotin is an important coenzyme that breaks down fats and carbohydrates. It is used primarily for mild depression, hair loss, hepatitis, brittle nails and neuropathy. Thought there is plenty of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of other B vitamins, researches still don’t know a lot about B7.

Where Can You Get It? 

Liver, eggs, nuts, cauliflower and seeds.

How Much Is Enough?

There is no RDA for B7 but scientists have found that and adequate intake is 30 mcg a day; for adults 18 years of age and older.

Any Concerns?

Pregnant women should not exceed the recommended dosage; it may also interact or interfere with the way your liver breaks down other medications. Discuss concerns with your doctor before taking biotin supplements.

 

 

BOVINE CARTILAGE huston

There is concern that bovine cartilage could transmit mad cow disease. Avoid products from countries where that disease has been found.

What Is It? 

Like it sounds, this cartilage comes from cows. Research indicates that it can reduce swelling and help wounds heal more quickly. People apply bovine cartilage topically to treat external hemorrhoids and rectal itching; it can also ease skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and rashes (dermatitis) caused by poison oak and poison ivy.

Where Can You Get It? 

You can find it in supplements and creams at most drugstores.

How Much Is Enough?

Doctors recommend a 5 percent cream for wounds and other skin conditions.

Any Concerns?

This cartilage is considered safe, but some people experience side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, swelling, local redness and itching.

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