This assortment of B vitamins includes thiamine (B1),
riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenate (B5), and pyridoxine
(B6). These cofactors are necessary for an array of essential
metabolic activities in the body including: energy
production, glucose/fat metabolism, nervous and immune
system support, anti-oxidation, and synthesis of amino acids
and neurotransmitters. Given how much these vitamins do,
deficiencies can lead to a wide range of negative bodily
impacts, such as memory/psychological abnormalities, skin
inflammation, hair loss, anemia, and neuropathy.
Biotin, also known as vitamin H (for hair), is a water-soluble vitamin that is best known for strengthening hair/nails and preventing hair loss. However, it is also importantly used by the body to aid in cell growth and signaling to promote healthy nervous tissue and bone marrow development as well as increase overall body metabolism. Biotin aids in weight loss by converting fatty acids, carbohydrates, and amino acids into fuel to produce energy. Biotin deficiencies can manifest as hair thinning, brittle fingernails, and nonspecific rashes.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that
can be found in many dietary sources like fruits and
vegetables. However, factors like stress, obesity, and regular
alcohol intake can decrease Vitamin C levels in your body.
Vitamin C participates in many roles in the body. These
include: supporting immune, cerebrovascular, cardiac and
eye health; maintaining healthy cartilage, bones, and teeth;
is an important cofactor in collagen synthesis; assisting with
iron absorption; and acting as a powerful antioxidant.
Zinc is a mineral that packs a serious punch! Though oftentimes overlooked, it plays a key role in maintaining cellular and tissue stability, skin appearance, as well as brain and muscular health. It is also a key anti-inflammatory in the body, helping to neutralize the body’s cytokine response. A zinc deficiency in the body can manifest as unsightly skin lesions, delayed wound healing, hair loss, osteoporosis, mood disorders, and susceptibility to infection just to name a few.
Glutathione is a peptide made up of the amino acids cysteine, glutamine, and glycine. Glutathione is present in nearly every cell of the body and is involved in DNA/RNA regulation, gene expression, and is most notably known as the body’s “master antioxidant”. Glutathione works throughout the body to bind toxins and neutralize cellular waste products ( called free radicals ) responsible for causing oxidative stress and damage on the body. Free radicals have even been suggested to contribute strongly to the aging process and other negative health conditions like neurodegenerative disorders and even cancer. For this reason, as an antioxidant, glutathione is extremely important for the day to day healthy functioning of the body.