Low Levels Mean Extra Fat
A study of links between nutrition and weight gain by University of Queensland researchers has found that children with the lowest levels of the B-vitamins thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12), as measured by blood testing, were also the most overweight, as measured by body mass index, the amount of abdominal fat, and total bodily fat. Though unable to specify a causal process, the scientists have concluded that B-complex deficiency is a contributing factor in increased body fat storage and obesity. B-vitamins are not stored in the body and must be regularly replenished through a balanced diet or supplements; vegans and vegetarians may need supplemental B12, primarily supplied by meat, fish and dairy. The study involved 1,131 Mexican-American children.