The Great Influence Of Vitamin B to the Nervous System
by: Charlene J. Nuble
In order for a person to actually have a healthy well-being, one must always remember
to have an adequate daily intake of the prescribed vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
that your body needs in order for it to stay healthy and fit.

Unfortunately, due to stress and the increasingly fast-paced environment that we’re
often subjected to, it’s quite easy to neglect one’s body, most importantly one’s health.
It is actually alarming how a lot of people just seem to not actually mind the damage that
they’re bringing to their bodies. However, obesity and heart failure is starting to cause a
big dent on the American population. It’s high time that we act on this problem right

Starting with the various vitamins and minerals that directly influence the nervous
system’s proper functioning and health as well as to keep note of the importance of just
taking it on moderate levels.

The Vitamin B complex is one of the most important vitamins that can have a great
influence on a person’s health as well as on one’s physical and mental performance
concerning the nervous system. It is a part of the group of nutrients which are
responsible for the creation of some of the most basic structures in the nervous system.
Vitamin B12, also referred to as cobalamin due to its cobalt content, has a highly
significant role in both the formation of the nervous system as well as in the maintenance
of its proper functions. It also helps in the formation of the nerve cells themselves, the
most basic of the nervous system structures.

A person lacking in vitamin B12 can actually suffer from irreversible spinal cord
degeneration when things get out of hand. Adults need 2.4 micrograms of Vitamin B12
daily - while pregnant and breastfeeding women should increase their intake to between
2.6 and 2.8 micrograms daily. Children, depending on their age and physical size, should
have between .9 micrograms and 2.4 micrograms of Vitamin B12 per day.

The other B complex vitamins important to the nervous system include B9 also referred
to as folate or folic acid which in addition to its role in the upkeep of the adult nervous
system is also involved in the production of neurotransmitters. Adults are actually
required to have 400 micrograms of folic acid daily while pregnant women should
increase their daily intake to 600 micrograms however, breastfeeding women should
only increase their daily intake to 500 micrograms. Depending on size and weight,
children should take in between 150 micrograms and 300 micrograms of folic acid each

Among the minerals that serve to help enhance the functioning of the nervous system is
calcium. In addition to its other equally important health benefits, calcium also has a role
in keeping the nerves healthy as well as to ensure their ability to communicate
effectively. While magnesium is the mineral which can help the body make use of
calcium most efficiently, it has a very important role in the upkeep of the nervous
system. The lack of magnesium in the body can actually contribute to nervousness and
confusion, while a lack of potassium can lead to nervous disorders.

Proper nourishment greatly affects every aspect of the body’s efficiency and function
and in turn, has a positive effect on the quality of one’s life. The body functions based
on a delicate balance of system from chemical reactions. The nutrients that you put in
your body actually make up a large part of these essential chemicals and it is highly
important to have a conscious effort in trying to trying to maintain the proper amount of
certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients in one’s body. Nutritional supplements are a
good way to help ensure one’s healthy well being, however, one must never rely on
these supplements to actually give you all the nutrients that your body needs.

A conscious effort to stay healthy is also being able to keep a healthy, well-balanced
diet, a happy disposition and regular exercise. However, if unsure of the best dietary
supplements for you or if you are somewhat overwhelmed by the countless dietary
supplements that are available in the market today, a consultation with a licensed
nutritionist can actually help you devise a personalized nutritional supplement plan that is
best suited to your individual dietary needs and health goals.


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This article was posted on September 13, 2005

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