The Right Forms of B Vitamins (and why it matters)

Most generic B Complexes out there are simply not effective, and can even work against the body if the wrong forms of the Bs are used, and ratios are off.
 
This is why I set out to create the best B Complex on Earth... I spent tons of time researching each form and the interactions in the body before I went into production. 

Energi+ contains the most bioactive forms of the B Vitamins, which provides higher bioavailability, and better utilization in the cells &. energy systems.

Some B complexes might have a couple of these optimal forms, but none contain them all, until now. Most large corporation-run supplement companies just don't have the wealth of knowledge that comes from the bioenergetic community behind the formulation of their products.⁠

So, let's look at these forms deeper and get an understanding of what they do and what makes them the best choice. 

B1: Benfotiamine

instead of thiamine HCl

  • Benfotiamine is a fat-soluble form of thiamine, so it stays in the body longer before being excreted and thus has a much higher bioavailable capacity than standard thiamine HCl.

  • Benfotiamine delivers a more bioactive array of B1 benefits, such as improving glucose utilization, pyruvate dehydrogenase activation, neuroprotection, and anti-cancer effects. 

  • B1 is also a crucial component for recovering from alcohol use and has been shown to be liver-protective.

  • Benfotiamine has been shown to reduce the inflammatory effects of endotoxin & PUFAs.

B3: Niacinamide 

instead of niacin

  • Niacinamide greatly increases our ability to utilize carbohydrates as energy, lowers free fatty acids in the blood, and increases cellular NAD+ levels which makes it an incredible tool, especially for someone switching to a diet with an emphasis on burning carbs efficiently as fuel.

  • It does not induce the inflammatory response that niacin commonly does.
Note: increased niacinamide intake also requires an increased demand for the methyl donors - because niacinamide must be methylated it can therefore use up high amounts of the methyl donors: choline, methionine, b9 folate, and B12. This is why Energi+ contains the most biologically active forms of both B9 and B12.
 

B9: L5-methyl folate 

instead of folic acid

  • Most supplemental folates are in the form of Folic Acid, which has to be converted by the body into methyl folate, many people struggle with that process due to stress, current biological situation,  and so forth, and then unmetabolized Folic Acid in the body can cause problems.

  • L5-MTHF is the most biologically active form of Folate and is found in nature and whole foods.

  • L-5-MTHF can support methylation, in tandem with B12, which will not only maximize the efficiency of supplemental Niacinamide but also help many other processes such as DNA synthesis, hormone conversion, and homocysteine regulation.

B12: Adenosylcobalamin

instead of cyano/methylcobalamin 

  • Adenosylcobalamin is the form of B12 that is used directly in the mitochondria to create energy, in the Citric Acid Cycle.

  • Most B complexes contain methylcobalamin, similar to L-5-MTHF, the body must convert methylcobalamin to adenosylcobalamin so that it can be used to create energy in the cell.

  • This makes adenosylcobalamin the best choice when it comes to taking B12 supplements, as it will be easily absorbed by the body and assist in the energy production processes as best as possible.

B6: Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P) 

instead of pyridoxine

  • P5P is the active form of B6 that our body uses in the methylation cycle, neurotransmitter synthesis, and glycogen use.  

  • Most B complexes contain B6 in the form of pyridoxine which is biologically inactive, as it must be converted to the active form (P5P) for the body to use it, and most of it is not converted successfully. 

  • Taking pyridoxine may cause peripheral neuropathy in some people.

The Importance of B Vitamins

The B Vitamins are involved in so many physiological functions, but they are heavily involved and priceless in the context of energy metabolism. 

When we consume carbohydrates, proteins, or fats, the body must convert these dietary inputs into acetyl-CoA, which is what kicks off the energy production process in the mitochondria.

In the mitochondria, The Citric Acid Cycle (TCA) (aka Kreb's Cycle), and the Electron Transport Chain (ETC) are responsible for the majority of our energy (ATP) production. 

The important thing to note here is:  There are many many steps involved in these energy processes, and each step of the way is facilitated by an enzyme. Enzymes require micronutrients for their function, like Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Vitamin C, and of course, the B vitamins. 

Many factors can deplete our B Vitamins quickly, such as alcohol consumption, medications, gut/digestive issues, and an unbalanced diet.

To learn more about Energi+ and dive deeper into what each component does, check out the product page

The Right Forms of B Vitamins (and why it matters)