November 27, 2023
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex brings together 5 vitamins so they can work together at optimum levels.
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Niacin (Vitamin B3)
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
What do the B Vitamins Do?
They are essential to maintaining energy levels, brain and cell function and regulate important enzymes and proteins in the body so we can convert food into energy. The body needs each of these vitamins combined in order to synthesise them adequately.
Each vitamin has a specific role within the overall benefit.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
Metabolism and immune system. Important for people with Type2 Diabetes, vision problems, Cardiovascular problems, kidney disorders or neurodegeneration (e.g., Alzheimer’s)
We need Thaimin to:
Break down sugar molecules in food
creating neurotransmitters (brain chemicals)
Synthesise some hormones
Also, people who are alcohol dependent are often deficient in this vitamin which can lead to Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
This is a powerful antioxidant and is essential for healthy blood and metabolism:
We need it to:
Break down sugar molecules (carbohydrates) from food
Break down fats, drugs and steroid hormones
Converts Vitamin B6 into a coenzyme the body needs for making certain neurotransmitters
Converts Tryptophan in food into vitamin B3
Severe B2 deficiency can lead to cataracts, anaemia and a higher risk of birth defects
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Niacin is crucial in the production of energy and the metabolism of fatty acids. It is key to the function of the nervous system, digestion and healthy skin.
We need it for:
Metabolism and energy production
Communication between cells
DNA expression in cells
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B5 is all about the nervous system as well as critical to red blood cell production. It also helps other vitamins reach their full potential!
We need it for:
Breaking down fats and carbs for energy
Manufacture of haemoglobin (in red blood cells)
Managing sex and stress hormones
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 is essential for good mental health as it is part of the process that synthesises neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). It is connected to the production of Serotonin, Dopamine and GABA – all important for feeling the best mood we can! It also takes part in the processes involving Folate so helps avoid anaemia.
We need it for:
Brain development and health
Energy production from food
Below is a list of (but not all!) people that can benefit from a B Complex shot:
Autoimmune conditions (including Lupus, Type 1 diabetes, RA)
Crohn's or celiac disease
Gastric by pass patients
If you are taking medications for Diabetes, Ulcer, Gastro-reflux disease, GERD, Ulcerative Colitis, Epilepsy or Blood Pressure.
Why have your shot at Bridgeham?
It is important to note that Vitamin B Complex injections should be administered under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as they may not be suitable for everyone. At Bridgeham we ONLY administer via prescription using trusted medical suppliers and working alongside medical professionals with many years’ experience.
Can I have too much?
The B vitamin group is water soluble, so any excess is excreted through urine.
Who shouldn’t have Vitamin B injections?
We don’t give ANY vitamin injections to pregnant women, under 18's or anyone undergoing cancer treatment unless requested to do so by their GP or consultant.
You will be screened for medications/conditions that would prevent you from having Vitamin B Complex injections. This will be first done by our practitioner and then by a nurse-prescriber or doctor before your prescription is issued. This happens for all vitamin injections at Bridgeham.
You will not be prescribed this injection if you have any of the following:
-Taking Levodopa (Parkinson’s medication)
-Low levels of potassium in the blood
-Leber's hereditary Optic Atrophy
Are there any side effects?
The Vitamin B Complex injection can give you bright yellow urine – this is perfectly normal.
How do I get my Vitamin shot?
You can have a face to face or telephone consultation or fill in a form available at reception then return this to reception. Our practitioner will review your case, and request a prescription from the medical prescriber – if there are any queries the prescriber will contact you directly. Once the prescription is issued, reception will contact you to make an appointment for you to come in and have your vitamin injection.
How much does it cost?
Vitamin B Complex injections cost £50
How often should I have a shot?
Usually, we suggest every 4 to 6 weeks but if you just feel you need a boost – especially during winter months, you can have them less frequently. Some people like to ‘dose load’, that is, having a couple of injections a week or two weeks apart to get themselves started then follow ups 4-6 weekly or as and when they feel they need a little boost.