Vitamin B

Vitamin B is a collective name for 8 different vitamins, the most important of which are B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12. These vitamins play a role in growth, blood production, the immune system and the nervous system.

Important sources of vitamin B6 and folic acid include green leafy vegetables, pulses, bread, wholegrain products, dairy and meat. It is particularly important to make sure you have enough folic acid during pregnancy. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, such as meat, fish and dairy.

Vitamin B and your health

There are health effects associated with consuming sufficient vitamin B.

Sufficient vitamin B reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s

An excessively high homocysteine level in the blood is associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.

It is possible to prevent a high homocysteine level by getting sufficient B vitamins. Folic acid (B9) and vitamin B12 are the most important B vitamins.

Sufficient vitamin B reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease

An excessively high homocysteine level in the blood is associated with cognitive decline and Parkinson’s disease.

It is possible to prevent a high homocysteine level by getting sufficient B vitamins. Folic acid (B9) and vitamin B12 are the most important B vitamins.

iGene Passport

iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether sufficient vitamin B may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.