Vitamins come in different shapes and sizes these days – some fruity and chewy and others that are available in huge bottles that can last the whole year. While some do stock up on bottles of their favorite supplements, there are those who avoid taking them because they think vitamins will increase their appetite.
Do vitamins really cause weight gain? In a word, no. Vitamins cannot directly increase your weight, as they hardly have any calories.
On the other hand, a lack of vitamins—vitamin deficiencies—may lead to adverse weight effects. Women with Vitamin D deficiencies were found to be more likely to gain weight, compared to a similar group with a healthy amount of Vitamin D in their diet.
On the other hand, people with Vitamin B12 deficiencies may also find themselves gaining weight once they’ve filled in that nutritional gap. “That's because loss of appetite is a symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency,” explains pharmacist Stacy Wiegman Pharm. D. “Once levels are normalized, appetite returns and perhaps a few pounds as well.”
In both cases, vitamin supplements work to bring your body back to normal levels of health. According to The Harvard School of Public Health website, “a healthy diet should provide nearly all the nutrients you need. But many people don’t eat the healthiest of diets. That’s why a multivitamin can help fill in the gaps, and may have added health benefits.” It is also advisable to keep within the recommended dosage to prevent any unwanted benefits in your body.
Vitamin B supplements help fill in your vitamin B deficiencies and plays a role in your body, particularly for maintaining nerve health. While there are no less than eight types of B vitamin, three come front and center when it comes to keeping your nervous system in top working order:
- B1 (Thiamine), which helps convert nutrients into energy; also essential for muscle contraction and conduction of nerve signals
- B6 (Pyrodixine) aids the absorption of amino acids, production of red blood cells, and neurotransmitter creation;
- B12 (Cobalamin), which helps create blood cells and maintain healthy nerve cells in the body
If you’ve experienced tusok-tusok (stabbing pain), panganangalay (weakness), at pamamanhid (numbness) in your hands and feet, you may have experienced symptoms of neuropathy or nerve damage, which can be managed by taking the right vitamins.
Vitamin B-Complex + Vitamin E (Neurogen-E) offers aid in relieving neuropathy, by delivering vitamins B1, B6, and B12 to help you maintain a healthy nervous system. Each caplet offers 5X more Vitamin B12 and 3X more Vitamin B1, plus added Vitamin E versus major players among OTC brands— all at SRP Php 14 per caplet! It is recommended to be taken once daily, and offers the complete benefits of all the nutrients you need to help protect your nerves.
In addition, it also has vitamin E, which works as an antioxidant to help maintain the membrane integrity of nerve tissues.
Here’s a timely tip: to get the most out of your B-vitamin fix, Dr. Michael J. Breus, Ph.D. suggests (in a Reader’s Digest article) that “B vitamins should be taken in the morning, as they tend to give people energy.”
Before taking any medications and buying vitamins over the counter, consult with your physician and ask questions before moving forward. It will also help to have an executive checkup done so you will know if the vitamins you’ll be taking have other effects on your health.
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
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