What vitamins do you miss when you have an energy deficit?
by Floris Biesemans on Feb 21, 2023
Vitamin B8, also known as biotin, is one of the lesser-known B vitamins, yet it plays an important role in our bodies. It is involved in the functioning of neurotransmitters in our brain and nervous system, and helps regulate blood sugar levels and metabolism.
A deficiency in vitamin B8 can lead to fatigue, irritability and problems with concentration and memory. Supplementing vitamin B8 can therefore help reduce these symptoms and promote energy production in our bodies.
Vitamin B8 is naturally present in foods such as eggs, whole grain products, nuts and legumes. If you suspect you are deficient in vitamin B8, increasing your intake of these foods can help. There are also dietary supplements available that contain vitamin B8.
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is an essential nutrient that our bodies need for the production of red blood cells and the proper functioning of our nervous system. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause fatigue, weakness, dizziness and problems with concentration and memory.
Vitamin B12 occurs naturally in animal products such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy. People who do not eat animal products, such as vegans, may have an increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. The elderly and people with gastrointestinal problems, such as Crohn's disease, may also have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12.
Supplementing vitamin B12 can help reduce fatigue and improve energy production in our bodies. This can be done through dietary supplements containing vitamin B12 or by increasing intake of foods rich in vitamin B12.
Vitamin D3, also known as the "sunshine vitamin," is a fat-soluble vitamin that our bodies produce when the skin is exposed to sunlight. It plays an important role in regulating calcium and phosphate levels in our bodies, making it essential for strong bones and teeth. But did you know that vitamin D3 can also play a role in fatigue?
A deficiency in vitamin D3 can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness and an impaired immune system. Because vitamin D3 is primarily produced under the influence of sunlight, many people in the Netherlands are deficient in vitamin D3 during the winter months. This can be especially true for people who do not get outside much, have dark skin, or are older than 70.
Supplementing vitamin D3 can help reduce fatigue and improve overall health. This can be done through dietary supplements containing vitamin D3, or by increasing your intake of foods rich in vitamin D3, such as fatty fish, eggs and liver.
Do you still sometimes suffer from fatigue? Then read the blog "Fatigue, what can you do about being tired?".