It’s never easy devising a health plan tailored to your particular needs and which accounts for all the variables involved in being, or making, yourself as healthy as you can be. There are loads of health-related information out there to sort through. That’s even before you consult with your physician for assistance in creating a health plan that meets your individual needs and is ‘do-able’ within your budget and time constraints.
We at WonderLabs understand how tricky all this can be, so we’ve put together a quick-hit list of nutritional supplements, foods and nutrients all beginning with the letter ‘B.’ This is to help you organize your thoughts and strategies going forward in your quest to be the healthiest person you can be.
We didn’t pick the letter ‘B’ randomly; we thought it would be a good place to start because there are oodles of great health-related choices that begin with ‘B.’ You can look forward to our dishing out some more of our ‘alphabet soup’ in future blogs in this place.
Here are eight ‘B’ selections we offer as suggestions for you to consider next time you are updating your personal Be and Stay Healthy Plan:
B12: That’s vitamin B12 for you following along at home. As you might know, the B family of vitamins is rather large, but we picked B12 to start with because of its trending popularity in the U.S. as well as its effectiveness in providing an assortment of health benefits. Per Mayo Clinic, vitamin B12, which is water soluble, can perform key roles in areas such as blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function, and DNA production. Along those lines be aware that a B12 deficiency can produce symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness, intestinal issues, and mood problems – signs that those following a vegetarian or vegan diet in particular should be aware of.
Bee products: It’s more than just the honey (local varieties of which can help thwart the annoying symptoms of seasonal allergies). Products such as bee bread, bee venom, bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly can also be sourced from honeybee hives and are available over the counter in some stores. Such products have been in use for many years because of their effectiveness in promoting excellent health maintenance as well as reducing the effects of chronic disease. Take royal jelly, for instance. Per National Institutes of Health (NIH), its antioxidant, antiaging, neurotropic, and anti-inflammatory properties has made it useful in treating conditions such as premenstrual syndrome and urinary problems, and research has shown it as possibly helpful in the area of male fertility.
Berberine: This plant-based compound can be extracted from several sources, including goldenseal, barberry, Oregon grape, and tree turmeric, per medicalnewstoday.com. While berberine is still relatively new to the U.S. marketplace, its use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine dates back thousands of years. Among the conditions it shows great potential for treating are diabetes, obesity, and inflammation. Studies have also shown berberine to be quite effective as an antimicrobial agent, helping the body to fend off problems such as sepsis, pneumonia, meningitis, and various skin conditions related to the presence of Staphylococcus aureus.
Beta-carotene: Per medicalnewstoday.com, this is the red-orange pigment present in some plants and fruits, such as carrots. Once digested, beta-carotene is converted by your body into vitamin A (retinol), which is essential to healthy skin, mucus membranes, the immune system, and eye health and vision. It is beta-carotene’s antioxidant attribute that helps bolster your immune system, thus helping to lower the risk of heart disease among other conditions.
Bilberries: These are small, blue berries – similar to our blueberries – found mostly in northern Europe. Rich in nutrients and low in calories, they can help with your vision, decrease inflammation in your body, reduce elevated blood sugar levels, kill harmful bacteria, and might even improve brain function in the areas of long-term and working memory in older adults, per healthline.com.
Biotin: Also known as vitamin B7, this micronutrient can be a saving grace for those experiencing unwanted hair loss. Research has indicated that biotin can potentially stimulate hair growth and reverse hair loss, per verywellhealth.com. Other potential benefits of biotin include treating diabetic nerve pain as well as brittle fingernails or toenails.
Blueberries: Even a little bit goes a long way, as blueberries can possibly help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce elevated blood pressure, and promote digestive health, per health.usnews.com. They’re great as an add-on for just about anything you might want to eat in the morning, such as a bowl of breakfast cereal or some yummy homemade waffles or pancakes.
Broccoli: Referred to by healthyeating.org as an “all-star food,” broccoli has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of mealtime popularity. It’s great for salads; as a side when enjoying a steak, chicken, or a slice of salmon; or as a convenient and low-calorie snack between meals. Its rich nutrient base includes vitamins K and C as well as fiber to promote digestive health and reduce bad cholesterol, potassium to aid in nerve function and heart contraction, and folate, which is a requisite for cellular production and maintenance.