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Nutrients in Chinese Medicine – Part 2, B vitamins

B vitamins are a group of nutrients that are essential to numerous processes in the body. The list consists of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and cobalamin (B12). Most of us know about them, as they are an essential part of every multivitamin supplement. As a group they are involved primarily in the chemical reactions of energy metabolism, as well as synthesis of a variety of compounds necessary to life. In an attempt to understand these vitamins as a system, let’s examine them as a group, looking for commonalities of function, and common symptoms of deficiency. Individual aspects can be explored if necessary.
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Nutrients in Chinese Medicine – Part 1, Introduction

This is the introduction to a new blog series examining the qualities of essential nutrients from both a Western and Chinese Medicine perspective. The field of nutrition is an area of medicine that will benefit tremendously from combining the wisdom of Chinese Medicine and the science of modern biochemistry. Chinese Medicine is able to create a complete, holistic system that encompasses all phenomenon, and Western biochemistry is able to fill in the gaps and details that are left unclear. By utilizing information and theories from both sides, a more complete picture is revealed.
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