Beef and B Vitamins

B Vitamins

You’re probably familiar with Vitamin B6 and B12, but did you know there are actually eight B vitamins?  B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folate [folic acid]), B12 (cobalamin)
.  These vitamins help a variety of enzymes do their jobs, ranging from releasing energy from carbohydrates and fat to breaking down amino acids and transporting oxygen and energy-containing nutrients around the body.  Other research about folate and two other B vitamins, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, explores their roles in reducing some types of cancer and heart disease.
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An average 4 ounce serving provides: 

  • B12 – 102% of Daily Value 
Vitamin B12 is only available from animal-derived foods, such as beef.  It is important for blood formation, skin improvements, positive mood, improved sleep, and brain and neural regeneration.  
  • Niacin (B3) – 41% of Daily Value 
Niacin (vitamin B3) is used by your body to turn food into energy. It helps keep your nervous system, digestive system and skin healthy. Low niacin intake has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. 
  • Riboflavin (B2) – 23% of Daily Value 
Riboflavin  (vitamin B2) helps the body to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation of nerves. The vitamin is also needed for normal mitochondrial activities.  
  • Pantothenate – 20% of Daily Value
Pantothenate is required for energy, normal brain function, and fat metabolism. It also helps to boost memory and regulate the autonomic nervous system through the production of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine.
  • Vitamin B6 – 15% of Daily Value
Vitamin B6 is important for blood formation, energy metabolism and benefits the central nervous system. It also helps create neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. 
  • Choline – 13% of Daily Value
Choline is a nutrient that your brain and nervous system need it to regulate memory, mood, muscle control, and other functions. You also need choline to form the membranes that surround your body's cells. 
  • Thiamin (B1) – 6% of Daily Value
Thiamin (vitamin B1) helps the body's cells change carbohydrates into energy (glucose); providing energy for the body, especially the brain and nervous system. Thiamin also plays a role in muscle contraction and conduction of nerve signals.
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