When it comes to B vitamins it is more important to focus on not missing out rather than trying to cram in as much as possible. Current evidence supports the theory that athletes, and those who exercise frequently or at high intensity may have an increased need for vitamin B-6, in particular, and may benefit from supplementing with a multivitamin/mineral supplement. This is especially important for those who have poor quality diets or anyone reducing their calories or cutting out entire food groups, such as meat or dairy.
Even a small B Vitamin deficiency can result in reduced performance and recovery. Individual B-vitamin requirements vary and may depend upon the type and intensity of exercise, the amount of nutrients lost through sweat, and urine, and individual differences in diet.
Women athletes, in particular, may be more prone to B-vitamin deficiencies simple based upon the reduced number of calories many women athletes consume. Male athletes generally tend to eat a lot of calories and a lot of variety of foods, but female athletes tend to monitor their calorific intake more closely.
You can get plenty of B-vitamins from whole and enriched grains, dark green vegetables, nuts, and many animal and dairy products.
Vitamin B6 is found in beans, chicken, fish, and some vegetables and fruits, such as dark leafy greens, bananas, papayas, oranges, and cantaloupe.
Although you can get plenty of these crucial vitamins in your diet, for athletes who spend a great deal of time and intensity in high-level exercise, it is easy to underestimate your requirements and the amount you are actually getting from your regular meals. Before you any vitamins supplements to your diet, it's also important to understand the quality and purity of the supplements.
Added B Vitamins
Our B Vitamin Complex (3,5,6 and 12) help to breakdown carbohydrates into energy and maintain nerve and blood cell functionality. Creating a more effective energy delivery system with added benefits.