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What is Vitamin B, and what are B-complex vitamins?
Originally, scientists thought the B vitamin group was made up of only one vitamin – Vitamin B, but today we know that a whole variety of vitamins makes up the Vitamin B complex, actually eight different vitamins in all, and many of them have very common names that are familiar to most people. Here are the eight vitamins and their common names:
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
- Vitamin B7, (sometimes called Vitamin H or Biotin)
- Vitamin B8 (myo-inositol) is no longer classified as a vitamin because it is synthesized by the human body
- Vitamin B9, (also called Vitamin M or Vitamin B-c or Folic acid)
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
All of these vitamins are essential for good health, and you can often find a healthy combination of them in Vitamin B supplements. There are also a host of other B-related substances that were thought to be vitamins at one time, but have been shown not to contain any nutritional value. Some of these include Vitamin B4, Vitamin B17, and Vitamin B22.