A Stript Guide to B Vitamins
What comes to mind when you think of the B vitamins? Marmite? Liver? Thankfully, if neither of these are your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get these essential nutrients into your diet, including our own prime Irish beef Biltong.
B vitamins are a crucial component of a healthy metabolism, supporting the conversion of carbohydrates, protein and fats into energy. A lack of B vitamins can make you feel sluggish, dull, stressed, and interfere with good sleep.
The natural B vitamins in Stript snacks contribute to the production of haemoglobin in your red blood cells, improving circulation and helping you to get the best out of your workouts. You can think of B vitamins as catalysts. They help to kickstart the processes that allow you to feel and perform at your best, from healthy skin, to strong energy levels.
The B Complex Vitamins
You might have seen some of the B vitamins listed on food labels by name. There are eight of them in total, and collectively they are known as the B Complex vitamins:
- thiamine (B1)
- riboflavin (B2)
- niacin (B3)
- pantothenic acid (B5)
- pyridoxine (B6)
- cyanocobalamin (B12)
- folic acid
Eat, Perform, Recover
If you're living an active lifestyle, exercising multiple times a week, or you juggle a busy home and work life, it's likely that you'll be using up B vitamins at a decent rate. A drop in energy levels, problems sleeping, pain or sorness in your muscles and joints, can be a sign that you need to increase your B vitamin intake.
Our Stript snacks are made from high-quality beef, which is naturally high in vitamins B3, B6 and B12, some of the most important vitamins for the conversion of carbohydrates, protein and fats into energy.
Vitamins B3, B6 and B12 turn food into energy for exercise and overall health.
Niacin (vitamin B3)
Have you ever had one of those days where your body feels completely shot? Your muscles and nerves feel fried and everything hurts. Rest and hydration are vital to recovery, and so is vitamin B3.
Niacin helps to restore order in your digestive system and calm your nerves, helping you to recover more quickly.
One 30g serving of Stript snacks contains over 80% of your recommended daily allowance for vitamin B3.
Pyridoxine (vitamin B6)
Vitamin B6 is a building vitamin. It is involved in the metabolism of amino acids (the building blocks of protein), and in the production of haemoglobin for your red blood cells.
If exercise or a busy lifestyle leave you struggling to recover, vitamin B6 is a great addition to get you back on track.
One 30g serving of Stript snacks contains over 60% of your recommended daily allowance for vitamin B6.
Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
The ultimate mood and energy booster, vitamin B12 is involved in the metabolic processes than contribute to you feeling happier, more relaxed and better able to live life with a clear mind.
If poor sleep is an issue for you, or you find it hard to concentrate during the day, a dip in your vitamin B12 levels might be one explanation.
One 30g serving of Stript snacks contains over 160% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12. (This is safe, as B vitamins are water-soluble and any excess will be passed with urine.)
Like all vitamins, the B vitamisn work best in combination with other nutrients. Foods that are high in B vitamins include both red and white meat, eggs, dairy, legumes and leafy greens like kale and spinach. Stript snacks are rich in B vitamins, as well as other nutrients such as iron, potassium, zinc and selinium.