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Dr. Salerno’s specially developed Activated B Factor™ incorporates crucial water-soluble vitamins into an efficient single-dose daily dietary supplement. The average daily recommended amounts of B-vitamins required for optimum health increases with age. Additionally, because nutrients of the B-vitamin class are water-soluble, they cannot be reserved by the body and must be absorbed or ingested every day.
This distinctive vegetarian combination includes Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), folate, and Vitamin B6 (Metafolin®* L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate).
For this particular dietary supplement, Dr. Salerno has methodically selected the most vital of the class of B-vitamins that make cellular metabolism possible, by which energy becomes available for the body. Specifically, B-vitamins act as precursors for metabolic reactions and also facilitate key metabolic processes. Vitamin B12, folate, and Vitamin B6 perform independent physiological mechanisms within this comprehensive role.
Vitamin B12 is required for the synthesis of red blood cells, as well as the creation of DNA and RNA. Vitamin B12 also provides regular function of the nervous system. Due to these essential roles, a Vitamin B deficiency can lead to anemia and impairments in neurological performance. The ingestion of a Vitamin B12 through a dietary supplement becomes increasingly important with age, as the hydrochloric acid in the stomach required to integrate the vitamin through digesting fortified food naturally depletes over time.
Folate, also commonly known as folic acid and Vitamin B9, also assists in the synthesis of DNA and RNA, cell division, and the breakdown of amino acids. Folate intake is especially significant for women. The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements recommends supplementary folate in conjunction with the amount acquired from food, particularly if a preparation for pregnancy arises. A folate deficiency can similarly result in anemia, heart issues, and for women specifically, can risk the health of their infants with neural tube defects affecting the brain and spinal cord.
An inadequate intake of Vitamin B6 can contribute to a weak immune system, and while an important dietary supplement for all active adults, is particularly critical for those concerned with kidney health or autoimmune disorders. Vitamin B6 operates as a coenzyme that facilitates numerous enzyme reactions, allows the conversion of food to energy, and plays an instrumental role in healthy immune function.