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Vitamin B Complex
This is a group of water-soluble vitamins that occur naturally together in some vegetables and animal foods. The best sources include brewer's yeast, liver, raw wheat germ and brown rice.
Certain functions of the B vitamins overlap, but they are all needed, and can't replace one another; moreover, they interact with each other in many bodily functions.
Symptoms of deficiency include anaemia, hair loss, high cholesterol levels, nervousness, poor appetite and tiredness. B vitamins are depleted by refined sugar and flour, but particularly by alcohol.
Supplements have to be carefully balanced, as an excessive intact of one vitamin can lead to the elimination of others. Experts recommend that if a specific B vitamin is needed to treat a particular condition, it's best to take an additional source of B complex in order to maintain a proper balance of the other B vitamins. For more information on nutrition see 'Nutrients A to Z' by Dr. Michael Sharon. See 'Vitamin', 'Vitamin B1', 'Vitamin B2', 'Vitamin B3', 'VitaminB5', 'Vitamin B6', 'VitaminB12', 'VitaminB15', 'Vitamin C', 'Vitamin D', 'Vitamin E', 'Vitamin K', 'Vitamin P', 'Vitamin Supplements'
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