28 Dec Vitamin B: Safe
This blog post was inspired by Addicted 2 Energy‘s question regarding our stance on vitamin B. Thanks Avery!
His question: What exactly is with the “safe amount of b vitamins” doesn’t anyone know that excess b vitamins leave the body?
We are often asked about B vitamins, specifically on what we consider to be safe amounts. Of course we can’t speak for other companies, but we believe that our position is based on science and not marketing hype.
When we formulated BAZI, we believed that it was best to deliver vitamins in amounts that were based on what the scientific community generally agreed upon as safe and beneficial for long-term health. We didn’t want to get into a “horsepower race” and just try and beat our competitors by adding more vitamins than everyone else.
For example, one serving of BAZI contains less than 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for all B vitamins except folate (folic acid). The DV amounts are universally accepted as without risk and being below 100% is a virtual guarantee of safety.
With regards to folate, the Institute of Medicine and National Institutes of Health both suggest that folate intake of up to 1000 micrograms per day is absolutely safe and beneficial for good health, and BAZI falls well below that value.
As far as the amounts contained in our competitors’ products, we challenge them to demonstrate the long-term safety of ingesting B vitamins in excess of thousands of percent over the DV. It is simply ludicrous to assume that taking in isolated nutrients which are thousands of times more concentrated than found in foods cannot have potential long-term health risks. As a conscientious company, BAZI will not take that risk with the health of our consumers.
Another point to consider is the common misconception that excess water soluble vitamins are simply excreted and not used. The fact is, taking excess water-soluble vitamins may lead to health risks or difficulties. A prime example of this is peripheral neuropathy (loss of feeling in the fingers), a neurological problem caused by excess intake of vitamin B6. Niacin, as another example, can develop gastric ulcers with chronically high intakes.
If all of that doesn’t convince you, then consider the fact that humans are adaptable to nutrient intake. Therefore, the more you take, the more you may need to get the same biological effect.
To summarize, BAZI is formulated with your health and safety in mind using nutrient values based on science and common sense. Can the competition say the same thing?