- Helps the body produce energy
- Converts carbohydrates to energy
- Supports healthy immunity
Complex B-Factor with NTFactor® is a complete complex system of B vitamins, including folic acid and biotin. While many B vitamins can be harsh on the system, NTI’s B-Factor is synergistically designed for gentle absorption. Combined with the NTFactor® technology you can expect gentle absorption and a unique delivery system.
All vitamin B types are water-soluble.
Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is a vitamin that the body uses to process carbohydrates, fat, and proteins. The body also uses vitamin B1 to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fuel the body uses to run essential processes. It is also believed to enhance circulation, help with blood formation, and other metabolic processes.
Thiamine plays a serious role in helping the body convert carbohydrates and fat into energy. B1 is essential for normal growth and development and helps to maintain proper functioning of the heart and the nervous and digestive systems. Because Thiamine is water-soluble it cannot be stored in the body. However, once absorbed, the vitamin is concentrated in muscle tissue.
It is natural to experience a decline in vitamin B1 levels as you get older, even without any special medical conditions. Other than old age, those suffering from vitamin B1 deficiency include alcoholics, individuals with malabsorption conditions, and those with a very poor diet. Vitamin B1 deficiency is also common in children with congenital heart disease and people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Vitamin B2 is required to process amino acids and fats. Vitamin B2 is used to activate vitamin B6 and folic acid. As a result, vitamin B2 is usually taken in combination with vitamin B6 and/or folic acid. Most importantly, vitamin B2 aids in the conversion of carbohydrates into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fuel that runs the body.
Although the effects of long-term sub-clinical riboflavin deficiency are unknown, in children this deficiency results in reduced growth. Subclinical riboflavin deficiency has also been observed in women taking oral contraceptives, in the elderly, in people with eating disorders, and in disease states such as HIV, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and chronic heart disease. The fact that riboflavin deficiency does not immediately lead to gross clinical manifestations indicates that the systemic levels of this essential vitamin are tightly regulated.
Vitamin B-3, niacin, is a water soluble-vitamin.
Severe lack of niacin causes the deficiency disease pellagra, evidenced by diarrhea, dermatitis, and eventually dementia and death. A mild deficiency slows down the metabolism decreasing cold tolerance.
Niacin assists in the functioning of the digestive system, skin, and nerves. It is also important for the conversion of food to energy.
Niacin, when taken in large doses, increases the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol in blood, and is sometimes prescribed for patients with low HDL, and at high risk of heart attack.
Vitamin B6 helps the immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
Vitamin B6 is the primary vitamin for processing amino acids used in production of proteins and is also needed to make a variety of hormones including serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine.
Vitamin B6 is a group of the three related compounds pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine, and their phosphorylated derivatives pyridoxine 5'-phosphate, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate, and pyridoxamine 5'-phosphate. Although all of these compounds should technically be referred to as vitamin B6, the term vitamin B6 is usually used interchangeably with just one of the vitamins, pyridoxine. Vitamin B6 plays a key role in a variety of biochemical reactions in the human body. This includes the metabolism of amino acids and glycogen, the synthesis of nucleic acids, hemoglobin, sphingomyelin and other sphingolipids, and the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
When taken with folic acid and vitamin B12, vitamin B6 can control homocysteine levels. Abnormal levels of homocysteine have been linked to heart disease and stroke, as well as to osteoporosis.
Folic acid or folate, is needed by the body to manufacture red blood cells. B complex vitamins are essential to appropriately metabolize fats and proteins and play an important role in maintaining muscles. It also is key to the health of the digestive tract. B complex vitamins also promote the health of the nervous system, skin, hair, and other body tissues. Folic acid aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body's genetic material, and is especially important during periods of high growth, such as infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy. Folic acid works closely together with vitamin B12 to regulate the formation of red blood cells. It also helps iron function properly in the body. A deficiency of this vitamin causes certain types of anemia (low red blood cell count) among other things.
Folic acid works along with vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help the body break down, use, and create new proteins. The vitamin helps form red blood cells and produce DNA, the building block of the human body.
Folic acid also helps tissues grow and cells work. Taking the right amount of folic acid before and during pregnancy is thought to help prevent certain birth defects, including spina bifida.
Similar to all B-complex vitamins, vitamin B12 is required for normal cell activity. I acts in DNA replication, and the synthesis of the mood-influencing substance SAMe. In combination with folic acid and vitamin B6, vitamin B12 serves to control homocysteine levels. Excessive amounts of homocysteine may increase the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin B12, like the other B vitamins, is important for metabolism. It helps in the formation of red blood cells and in the maintenance of the central nervous system.
Biotin is a B vitamin that works synergistically with pantothenic acid (also known as vitamin B5) in producing many crucial enzymes.
Pantothenic acid and biotin are essential to growth. They help the body break down and use food. Biotin also helps break down proteins and carbohydrates.
Food Sources: Biotin is present in cheese, beef liver, cauliflower, eggs, mushrooms, chicken breasts, salmon, spinach, brewer's yeast, nuts, and can be manufactured in the body should a small shortfall occur. This vitamin is also normally produced in the intestines if there is a sufficient amount of healthy intestinal flora present. However, frequent use of antibiotics can interfere with the synthesis of this vitamin.
Pantothenic Acid (B-5)
Pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B5, is involved in the production of energy in the body and is required component of the neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine. One of pantothenic acid's most important properties is the role it plays in producing and releasing energy from fats. The body's ability to process cholesterol depends on normal levels of pantothenic acid. Pantethine, a derivative of pantothenic acid, is believed to help lower the level of harmful cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Pantethine is a highly absorbable and biologically active form of pantopthenic acid (vitamin B-5). Pantethine forms the reactive element of Coenzyme A (CoA) and the acyl-carrier protein (ACP). CoA and ACP are heavily involved in carbohydrate, lipid, and amino acid metabolism. It is also essential in producing, transporting, and releasing energy from fats and has been reported to lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
Some studies indicate that pantethine may beneficially affect lipids and protect them against forms of cardio muscular disease. In addition, it has been shown to protect against a number of toxins, including alcohol.