Vitamin B8 - Benefits, Sources and Deficiency Symptoms

Srikanth R By Srikanth R, 27th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article provides useful information regarding vitamin B8. Benefits, sources and deficiency symptoms of this vitamin are listed.


Vitamin B8 is an organic compound which is necessary for the general well being of the human body. This water soluble vitamin is synthesized by the human body in the intestines with the help of friendly bacteria. But usage of some antibiotics may affect this process.

Symptoms of vitamin B8 deficiency:

Weak muscles, muscle cramps, lack of appetite, fatigue, body pains, pricking sensation in the skin, hair loss, premature graying of hair, dandruff, eczema, scborrhoea, anaemia, heart diseases, lung diseases, confusion, tingling in hands and feet, drowsiness, and hallucination are some symptoms of vitamin B8 deficiency.

Benefits of vitamin B8:

Vitamin B8 has many health benefits. Here are some of them:

Promotes the formation of healthy cells.

Promotes healthy immune system.

Vitamin B8 is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Promotes a healthy nervous system.

Promotes healthy hair and prevents premature graying of hair and hair fall.

Promotes healthy skin and nails.

Helps in keeping blood sugar at healthy levels.

Helps in DNA and RNA synthesis.

Helps in production of red blood cells.

Helps in losing weight.

It is required in appropriate utilization of folic acid and vitamin B12.

Vitamin B8 is effectively used in treatment of psychological disorders like OCD, mood disorders, bulimia, panic attacks, anxiety, depression etc. It also provides relief in cases of diabetic neuropathy. Some experts believe that this vitamin B8 reduces insomnia.

Sources of vitamin B8

Brewer's yeast, beef liver, pig's kidney, oatmeal, egg whites, nuts like hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds are rich in vitamin B8. Mushrooms, wheat germ, whole meal bread, milk, cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, rice bran and rice germ also contain this vitamin.

It is not advisable to take vitamin B8 without consulting a certified physician as it may lead to overdose or toxicity.


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author avatar Rathnashikamani
28th Feb 2011 (#)

All health tips about B8 in a nutshell! Very good!

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Love the B's. it is great for my muscles. Thank you for sharing.:)

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