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Vitamin B and Weight Loss

Your body's weight-related functions - like metabolic rate, appetite and calorie-burning - operate best when your diet includes all vitamins. That said, vitamins such as vitamin B can be helpful towards your weight loss goals.

To make the best use of the protein, carbohydrate and fat in the foods you eat, you need vitamin B. To turn these raw materials into muscle, blood, enzymes and energy, your body must have a steady supply of all the vitamins that make up the B vitamin complex.

You'll find the richest food sources for B vitamins in meats like liver, beef, pork, veal, and chicken. Seafood such as oysters and clams, as well as tuna and salmon, are also good sources of vitamin B. Vitamin B can also be found in egg yoke, cheese, milk, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and avocados.

The B vitamin group - niacin, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamins B5, B6, and B12 - work together, so when you supplement one of them, you need to supplement all of them. Like vitamin C, the B vitamins are water-soluble, so you must replace them daily, either in the foods you eat or in supplement form.

Signs of vitamin B deficiency can include lack of energy, irregular heart beat, inability to sleep, obesity and more. If you're experiencing any of these things, you may want to consider a whole-food supplement of B vitamins.