B Complex Skin Patch
The B Complex vitamins are a group of eight water-soluble vitamins that play essential roles in cell metabolism. Although it may sound as though they’re closely related, the so-called "B-vitamins" share little to no molecular resemblance to each other. As you’ll see in our material, although each of these vitamins has unique functions, they generally help your body produce energy and make important molecules in your cells.
We’ll apologize in advance for the technical nature of this article; however, B-Vitamins can be a complex subject. We believe you’ll quickly grasp the key concepts that sufficient B Vitamins are crucial for your brain and body’s normal function, that due to absorption and bioavailability issues, supplementation is essential, and, that aside from B 12 your body cannot store these vitamins for an extended period of time, so you need to replenish them regularly.
In this article, we’ll detail the eight B-Vitamins, describe each of their functions, stress the importance of certain Bs, outline the issues with B-Vitamin absorption and bioavailability, and discuss supplementation and our preferred delivery system, the B Vitamin Patch.
Eight Official B Vitamins
Despite structural differences, the B-vitamins, which never occur in isolation in foods, work in concert for our health. In the bullet points below, we italicized key takeaways of the specific function of each vitamin for the layperson.
Thiamin (B1) plays a central role in the generation of energy from carbohydrates. It is involved in RNA and DNA production, as well as nerve function. Its active form is a coenzyme called thiamin pyrophosphate (TPP), which takes part in the conversion of pyruvate to acetyl coenzyme A (CoA) in metabolism.
Riboflavin (B2) is involved in the energy production for the electron transport chain, the citric acid cycle, as well as the catabolism of fatty acids (beta oxidation)
Niacin (B3) i s composed of two structures: nicotinic acid and nicotinamide. There are two co-enzyme forms of niacin: nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP). Both play an important role in energy transfer reactions in the metabolism of glucose, fat and alcohol.
Pantothenic acid (B5) is involved in the oxidation of fatty acids and carbohydrates. Coenzyme A, which can be synthesised from pantothenic acid, is involved in the synthesis of amino acids, fatty acids, ketones, cholesterol, phospholipids, steroid hormones, neurotransmitters (such as acetylcholine), and antibodies.
Pyridoxin (B6) or rather its active form pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) (depicted) serves as a cofactor in many enzyme reactions mainly in amino acid metabolism including biosynthesis of neurotransmitters.
Biotin (B7) plays a key role in the metabolism of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. It is a critical co-enzyme of four carboxylases: acetyl CoA carboxylase, which is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids from acetate; propionyl CoA carboxylase, involved in gluconeogenesis; β-methylcrotonyl CoA carboxylase, involved in the metabolism of leucin; and pyruvate CoA carboxylase, which is involved in the metabolism of energy, amino acids and cholesterol.
Folic acid (B9) acts as a co-enzyme in the form of tetrahydrofolate (THF), which is involved in the transfer of single-carbon units in the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids. THF is involved in pyrimidine nucleotide synthesis, so is needed for normal cell division, especially during pregnancy and infancy, which are times of rapid growth. Folate also aids in erythropoiesis, the production of red blood cells.
Cobalamine (B12) is involved in the cellular metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. It is essential in the production of blood cells in bone marrow, and for nerve sheaths and proteins. Vitamin B12 functions as a co-enzyme in intermediary metabolism for the methionine synthase reaction with methylcobalamin, and the methylmalonyl CoA mutase reaction with adenosylcobalamin.
As the above list illustrates, all B-Vitamins are of principal importance to our health. Historically, niacin, biotin, and other vitamins that have been scarce in the diet of the people living during the Industrial Revolution were of primary concern. More recently Folic acid (B7), pyridoxine (B6), and the various cobalamin (B12) have been the subject of more scientific study and research, as they are of fundamental importance for healthy brain and nervous system function.
B-Vitamins, Cognition and Brain Function
Our brain and CNS (central nervous system) depend on an adequate supply of folate (folic acid), vitamin B12 (cobalamin), and B6 (pyridoxine). These B-vitamins are involved in a plethora of critical metabolic processes in the brain (Alpert. 1997; Bottiglieri 1996). As Eva Calvaresi and Janet Bryan (2014) point out in their review of the role of B-vitamins in cognition and aging:
"Research to date indicates two interlinked neurochemical mechanisms by which folate, with Vitamins B12 or B6 as catalyzing cofactors, exerts an influence on cognitive performance and mood via its role in methylation in the CNS. It could be hypothesized that the B vitamins affect CNS function in two interrelated ways: a direct, and possibly acute influence via hypomethylation, and a more indirect, long term influence on homocysteine levels resulting in structural changes." (Calvaresi. 2001)
In this context, specifically, the so-called "hypomethylation hypothesis," which proposes that folate, B12, and B6 have direct effects on the functioning of the brain through their role in the one-carbon cycle, has gotten a lot of scientific attention. According to the hypomethylation hypothesis, a lack of folate can lead to a malfunction of the methylation cycle by inhibiting the synthesis of methionine and the powerful antioxidant SAMe. The subsequent malfunction of membrane phospholipids, DNA, the metabolism of neurotransmitters such as the monoamines dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, as well as an impaired production of melatonin will then significantly impair the neurological and psychological function of the brain (Alpert. 1997; Bottiglieri. 1996; Bottiglieri. 1995; Fenech. 1998).
Against that background it is not surprising that Fioravanti et al. (1997) are not the only researchers who report that the provision of folate, vitamin B6, or vitamin B12, will have significant beneficial effects on the cognitive performance of subjects with low dietary intakes of this group of important "B vitamins" (see Figure 2).
For quite some time now, scientists have been speculating that the debilitating cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients could be caused by or related to a lack of certain B-vitamins. Experimental evidence to support this hypothesis is still scarce. Still, one of the latest overviews of the research presents roughly three dozen epidemiological studies, which confirm that Alzheimer's patients have lower folate, vitamin B12, B6, and B1 (thiamine) levels than age-matched healthy peers (Mohajeri. 2014). An adequate supply of these important vitamins will likely lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and similar neurological pathologies.
Important Note: An inadequate intake of B-vitamins is not the problem for most of us
It is important to note that that the same review by Mohajeri et al. (2014) indicates that the majority of elderly U.S. citizens consume more than adequate amounts of these vitamins from dietary and supplemental sources. The fact that so many of our parents and grandparents have low or insufficient serum and cellular B12, B6, and folate levels can hardly be the consequence of a lack of dietary intake or oral supplement use. Instead, the low levels of folate, B6, and, most prominently, the ever-increasing number of older individuals with low levels of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is a result of an age-induced decrease in digestive function.
Andrès et al. report in their 2004 review of the literature (Andrès. 2004) that food-cobalamin malabsorption syndrome is by far the most frequent reason of cobalamin deficiency. Stated in laymen’s terms, people are consuming an adequate supply of these essential B Vitamins; however, they are not properly digested and absorbed.
This also means that more than 60% of the cases of cobalamin deficiency are a result of the low bioavailability of orally consumed vitamin B12 from foods and supplements. Against that background, it is not surprising that specialized medical practitioners have stopped giving their vitamin B12 deficient patients oral B12 preparations and have resorted to injectable B12 formulas, nasal sprays, or transdermal patches.
Stage of cobalamin metabolism
Cause of cobalamin deficiency
Intake solely through food
Strict vegetarianism without vitamin supplementation
Digestion brings into play haptocorrin, gastric secretions (HCl and pepsin), intrinsic factor, pancreatic and biliary secretions,
Gastrectomy; pernicious anemia (Biermer’s disease); food cobalamin malabsorption; gastric bypass surgery
Absorption brings into play intrinsic factor and cubilin
Ileal resection; malabsorption; pernicious anemia; Imerslund syndrome†
Transport by transcobalamins
Congenital deficiency in transcobalamin II
Intracellular metabolism based on various intracellular enzymes
Congenital deficiency in variousintracellular enzymes
Table 1: Various factors can trigger vitamin B12 deficiency: An insufficient dietary intake (as in vegans), vitamin malabsorption and/or an insufficient / incomplete metabolism of the vitamin precursors in the diet (Andrès. 2004).
Recent studies confirm that vitamin B12 injections, nasal sprays (Rozgony. 2010), and transdermal patches (Yang. 2011; Madhaiyan. 2013; Salimi. 2013) are alternative ways to administer vitamin B12 that promise greater success than conventional oral preparations (Stabler. 2013).
The AgeForce Transdermal Time-Release Patch Advantage
The AgeForce Vitamin B Complex Skin Patch offers a safe and highly effective alternative to vitamin B12 pills and capsules. The patch is particularly beneficial to older people, men and women with digestive disorders, gastric bypass patients, vegans, and other groups that are at high risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
For a B Complex pill or capsule to work effectively, they must pass through and survive:
The extreme pH changes in the stomach as well as the small and large intestine
The billions of bacteria that guard your intestines
The gut immune barrier, which constitutes a "first line of defense" against intruders
As you can imagine, it’s quite challenging to formulate an oral supplement that can effectively survive this onslaught. How much of the original active B Vitamins do you think make it into your bloodstream?
Generally, the "loss" of active ingredients in any supplement can range from a few percent (as in caffeine) to levels of 90% or more for resveratrol.
You’re paying good money for oral vitamin supplements that are largely destroyed by stomach acid, filtered out by your liver, or urinated out.
The benefits of a time-released patch are probably most important for vitamin B12. Yet cobalamin is undoubtedly not the only B-vitamin from the B-complex with higher transdermal versus oral bioavailability. Men and women with increased B12 requirements such as athletes (Manore. 2000), people who are trying to lose weight on an energy-reduced diet, and men and women who are following an otherwise restrictive diet will benefit from the advanced bioavailability of the full-spectrum of B-vitamins in the AgeForce B-Vitamin patch.
The patch provides a steady supply of all eight B-vitamins and citicoline, a chemical used in supplements and medications to combat Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. With the AgeForce transdermal patch, the vitamins and citicoline are available to your body’s cells without having to detour through your digestive tract, and through the liver before entering circulation. By ensuring a continuous supply of the optimal amount of all B-vitamins the AgeForce B-vitamin patch will help you to avoid the following B-vitamin deficiency symptoms:
abnormal blood sugar, depression, fatigue, low, adrenals, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal disorders, which are common side effects of low thiamine (B1) deficiency
an abnormal light sensitivity, cracks/inflammation of lips, tongue, corners of mouth, dizziness, insomnia, which are common side effects of riboflavin (B2) deficiency
nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, swollen red tongue, and dermatitis, which are commonly reported side effects of low niacin/nicotinamide (B3) levels
insomnia, joint pains, gouty arthritis, edema, kidney stones, and burning feet, which can occur in men and women with low pantothenic acid (B5) levels
mental disorders, seborrheic dermatitis, PMS, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, kidney stones, abnormal electroencephalogram (EEG), anemia, convulsions, edema (water retention), hypothyroidism, and migraine-headaches which have all been associated with a lack of pyridoxine (B6)
skin disorders, hair loss, brittle nails, anemia, seborrheic dermatitis in infants, depression, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, muscular pains increased total cholesterol levels and hypoglycemia which have been reported in patients with biotin (B7) deficiency
hemolytic and megaloblastic anemia, low energy, abnormal fetal development (neural tube defect), higher homocysteine levels / vascular degeneration, mental disorders, confusion, forgetfulness, insomnia, irritability, depression, cervical dysplasia, higher risk to develop some cancers, and high blood pressure which have been reported to be consequences of low folate (B9) levels
pernicious anemia, numbness and tingling in hands and feet / nerve damage, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, birth defects, dementia, confusion, poor memory, depression, reduced white blood cell and platelet formation, loss of appetite, weight loss, sore tongue, headaches, and nausea as they have been observed in patients with low vitamin B12 levels
Vitamin B12 Patch
We think you’ll agree, that's an impressive list of benefits for a single patch. If you consider the number of vital nutrients the AgeForce B-vitamin patch contains, it's not surprising that its benefits are so extensive.
If you have reason to believe you may be deficient in any of the B Vitamins, or simply want to ensure your brain and body has an adequate supply of B’s at all times, we recommend the best Vitamin B Skin Patch on the market, the AgeForce B Complex Patch.
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