BSI often adds Vitamin B Complex to IV infusions. Two different combinations are offered, which one depends on the needs of the patient.
IB-3 is vitamins B-1, B-6, B-12
IB-X is vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-7, B-12
How much and which combination depends on illness and anemia, etc. Vitamins B-2, B-3, B-5, B-7 can only be given infrequently.
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin). Beneficial for : The nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines. It is also involved in the flow of electrolytes into and out of muscle and nerve cells. B-1 is low in people suffering from alcoholism, Crohn’s disease, anorexia, Beriberi (which affects breathing, eye movements, heart function, and alertness).
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin). Beneficial for : Skin, muscle, nerve, heart and eye health, including inhibiting the development of cataracts, production of red blood cells and antibodies. Absorption or activation of iron, folic acid and Vitamins B1, B3 and B6. Conversion of tryptophan, an amino acid, into niacin. Production of hormones by the adrenal glands. Maintenance of the mucous membranes in the digestive system. Healthy development of the fetus. Helps prevent migraine headaches.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin or nicotinic acid or Vitamin B-PP). Beneficial for : Energy metabolism (turnover of carbohydrate, fat, and protein), stable energy levels, vasodilation, blood circulation, cholesterol (lipids) balance, proper nervous system function, mental balance and function, skin and mucous membranes, reduction of fatigue and exhaustion.
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic acid). Beneficial for : Helps the body convert fat and protein, nervous system function, eyes, skin, hair, and liver health. Specifically, B5 helps create red blood cells and stress-coping hormones, and sex hormones.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine). Beneficial for : Protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism, red blood cells creation, neurotransmitter function, immune system vitality. Just like with vitamin C, the body cannot produce vitamin B6, so it must be obtained from food or supplements.
Vitamin B-7 (Biotin). Primarily related to the utilization of fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids. Biotin is needed to metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Deficiency can lead to hair loss and skin problems.
Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin). Beneficial for : Red blood cell formation, anemia, bone health, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, mood and depression, brain function, homocysteine reduction, healthy skin-hair-nails. Most vegetarians and especially vegans must supplement B-12.
Symptoms of Vitamin B Complex Deficiency