Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Benefits of Vitamin B for your Skin

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 Pro Vitamin B is a water soluble vitamin that needs to be acquired daily, as it cannot be stored in the body. Also known as pantothenic acid, Vitamin B is made up of many different components, each having unique traits. Used topically or through food sources, Vitamin B is an antioxidant that moisturizes, retains water, helps circulation to the skin, reduce wrinkles, and treats acne, hyperpigmentation, eczema, and rosacea. Vitamin B can absorb water through the air, creates a moisture barrier to hydrate the skin. Vitamin B protects from harmful UV rays that can lead to skin cancer. Increased circulation helps regenerate skin cell renewal and makes skin glowing and healthy. Vitamin B is a skin lightening agent that can reduce hyperpigmentation over time.

Vitamin B and it's multiple personalities

Vitamin B is unique in that it is made up of many variations within the same food source. Each component offers different benefits to the skin, here is the breakdown:
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – Antioxidant that increases blood circulation, and reverses damage from UV rays, smoking and alcohol use.

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – Nourishes skin and reduces acne.

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) – Improves epidermis by retaining moisture. A derivative of Niacine, niacinamide makes skin smoother and softer, treats dry flaky skin and reduces fine lines.

  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – Reduces oil formation helping acne. Retains moisture to moisturize and reduce wrinkles by making skin look plumper. Helps fight Eczema.

  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine and pyridoxamine) – Treats dry scaly skin.

  • Vitamin B7 (biotin) – Major component to make skin, nails and hair healthy. Helps treat acne, dermatitis, and eczema.

  • Vitamin B9 (folate or folic acid) - Helps control blood levels, cell division and internal functions of the body to help skin, hair and liver.

  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)  - helps with cell regeneration to promote healthy skin, hair and nails.

Signs of a Vitamin B Deficiency

Sigs of Vitamin B deficiency is acne, loss of hair, eczema, and dry or cracked skin around the mouth. Vitamin B takes fats, carbohydrates, and proteins and helps regulate, turn into energy and make them function properly. Vitamin B from dairy helps especially with dry and scaly skin. B6 is the most common deficiency, brought on by overprocessed food. A wide variety of vegetables, meats, grains and dairy give the full range of Vitamin B nutrients, having a well balanced healthy diet is the best way to get Vitamin B.

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