posted on May, 27 2011 @ 02:04 PM
reply to post by Fishticon84
Here's something I got in an email today:
Nutrient Spotlight: B Complex
by Denise Goitia
"Properly prepared whole grains supply B vitamins
In whole foods, B vitamins naturally occur as a balanced complex. Eating whole, unrefined foods rich in B vitamins is the best way to absorb these
essential nutrients. B vitamins are water soluble, which means we need a daily supply. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar or diuretics like caffeine
and alcohol leads to increased urination, and therefore, quicker elimination of B vitamins. Such a pattern coupled with limited consumption of whole
grains and organ meats can result in a deficiency of B vitamins. Refined grains are void of the vitamin-rich bran. Furthermore, fortified grains have
an imbalanced ratio of B vitamins. Sally Fallon notes that adding large amounts B1 and B2 to white flour (a common practice in the US) may block the
function of B6 in the body.
The B complex is necessary for proper adrenal function, hormone production, healthy skin, nerve function, cell metabolism, proper digestive function,
and cardiovascular health. Some symptoms of deficiency include excessive thirst and/or excessive urination, chronic deep yellow urine, and cracks and
sores in the corners of the mouth. Excellent sources of B vitamins include liver, whole (unrefined) grains, egg yolks, dairy and meat from pastured
animals, dark leafy greens, raw nuts, and yeast. Some B vitamins are produced by the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Therefore healthy bacterial
colonies are also required."
This came from a kitchen that prepares and sells food based on Weston A. Price principles and Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Traditions, which comes
from traditional diets that included nutrient dense organ meats from pastured animals and grains that were soaked and sprouted before preparation for
easier digestion better nutrient bioavailability (as limited by phytic acid).