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Viridian High Five B-Complex /Mag ascorbate, 30 vegi caps

Product Code: 250V


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Viridian HIGH FIVE B Complex / Mag Ascorbate

A tough complex for when times are tough. The B-complex vitamins help to convert food into energy, essential when life gets especially hectic. Magnesium Ascorbate provides vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps maintain the immune system. Extra vitamin C is often needed for those with busy lifestyles.

Collectively the B complex group of water soluble vitamins play a crucial role in regulating many physiological processes in the body. The B vitamins, along with vitamin C and magnesium, are required for enzyme activation in converting food into energy. B vitamins are also essential in supporting adrenal function, liver detoxification, and neurotransmitter production.

This formula can be particularly beneficial for those with hectic lifestyles and can be supportive in cases of stress and fatigue. The high content of pantothenic acid (the anti-stress vitamin) within this formula is particularly important for optimum adrenal function and can assist in energy production through aiding the synthesis of Coenzyme A.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Energy Production (ATP) - thiamine in the form of thiamine diphosphate (TDP) is required for ATP production. It is essential in the conversion process of pyruvate through to Acetyl-CoA - this then feeds into the Kreb's cycle.

Brain function - thiamine is essential for proper energy production in the brain. Deficiency has been shown to induce impaired mental function, and in severe cases psychosis. Up to 30% of all cases entering psychiatric wards are deficient in thiamine. Thiamine mimics the important neurotransmitter involved in memory, ACETYLCHOLINE. Low plasma thiamine concentrations have repeatedly been observed in patients with senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type, but were not found in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Antioxidant - riboflavin has powerful antioxidant potential due its ability to regenerate GLUTATHIONE via glutathione reductase. Riboflavin deficiency is associated with increased lipid peroxidation; supplementation of riboflavin can inhibit this process.

Neurotransmitter Production - important neurotransmitters such as DOPAMINE are riboflavin dependent.

Energy Production (ATP) - FAD plays a crucial role in energy production within the Kreb's cycle, where it helps generate an enzyme converting succinate into fumarate.

Vitamin B3 (Nicotinic Acid)

Energy Production (ATP) - NADH is formed from NAD producing energy via ATP production

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

Adrenal Support - Vitamin B5 is the main nutrient for nourishing the adrenal glands. It is needed by the adrenal glands to make glucocorticoids, this may be the reason that B5 is known as the anti-stress vitamin. Nutritionally oriented doctors often recommend pantothenic acid at 250mg twice daily, in the treatment of allergies.

Energy Production - Pantothenic acid is crucial for energy release through the production of coenzyme A (CoA) and acyl carrier protein (ACP), two compounds known for their importance in protein, fat, and carbohydrate utilisation.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Depression - vitamin B6 nutritional status has a significant and selective modulatory impact on central production of both serotonin and GABA, neurotransmitters that control depression, pain perception, and anxiety. Vitamin B6 levels are often found to be low in women taking birth control pills or Premarin.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

Anxiety / Depression - nervousness and anxiety may be associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause depression, especially in the elderly. Vitamin B12 is needed for the production of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4), an essential coenzyme required for the manufacture of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. The supplementation of folic acid and vitamin B12 stimulate the production of BH4.

Nerve Function - vitamin B12 is necessary for support of the nervous system and plays a crucial role in the manufacture of MYELIN an insulating layer (consisting of protein and fatty acids) surrounding nerves. The purpose of the myelin sheath is to allow rapid and efficient transmission of impulses along the nerve cells.


Neurotransmitter Production - choline is essential in the manufacture of the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine and main components of our cell membranes, such as phosphatidyl choline.

Lipotropic - As a methyl donor, choline is essential for proper liver function i.e. exporting fat from the liver.


Neurotransmitter Production- Inositol is essential in the manufacture of the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine and serotonin. A reduction in brain levels of inositol may induce depression. Inositol exists in cell membranes as phophatidylinositol.

Lipotropic - As a methyl donor, choline is essential for proper liver function i.e. exporting fat from the liver.


Digestive Support - Para Amino Benzoic Acid is an essential growth factor for micro-organisms. It forms part of the molecule of folic acid and is therefore required for the synthesis of this vitamin.

Adrenal Support - PABA has been reported to enhance the effects of cortisone, thus may be helpful in supporting adrenal function.


Energy Production - Biotin-dependent enzymes are involved in the metabolism sugar, fat, and amino acids.

Blood Sugar Control - Biotin supplementation enhances insulin sensitivity and increases the activity of the enzyme glucokinase (needed for the first step in glucose metabolism by the liver).

Folic Acid

Cardiovascular Protection - Folic acid plays a key role in protecting the cardiovascular system by regulating body concentrations of homocysteine, an intermediate in the conversion of the amino acid methionine to cysteine. The lower the folic acid intake the higher homocysteine levels rise increasing the risk of atherosclerosis (artery furring). Homocysteine would appear to promote atherosclerosis by directly damaging the artery and reducing the integrity of the vessel wall. Elevated levels of homocysteine are found in 20% to 40% of patients with heart issues.

Depression - Folic acid exerts a mild anti-depressant effect and correcting deficiency has brought about dramatic results in mental and psychological symptoms in patients, especially the elderly suffering from impaired mental function. Its anti-depressant effects are due to its function as a methyl donor and increasing the brain content of serotonin, SAM (S-adenosyl-methionine), and BH4 (tetrahydrobiopterin). BH4 functions as an essential coenzyme in the activation of enzymes that manufacture monoamine neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine from their corresponding amino acids. E.g. tryptophan > 5HTP > serotonin.

Magnesium Ascorbate

Energy Production - Magnesium and vitamin C are critical nutrients in supporting energy production and countering fatigue. It has been demonstrated that sub-optimal vitamin C status results in an impaired working capacity which can be normalised by restoring vitamin C pools.

Fatigue - An underlying magnesium deficiency, even if 'sub clinical?, can result in chronic fatigue and symptoms similar to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Many chronic fatigue syndrome patients have been shown to have low red blood cell magnesium levels. Magnesium is required for ATP synthesis and enhances the transport of potassium into cells.

Stress - supplemental vitamin C and magnesium are supportive during stress due to these nutrients being utilised in the manufacture of adrenal hormones. Both nutrients are also cardio-protective during times of stress.

Dosage - 1 capsule daily or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Up to 500mg of pantothenic acid per day has been used for adrenal support and in allergic conditions.

Potential applications - Stress / adrenal support, fatigue, depression, weight control, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), sports performance (ATP production), nervous disorders.

Interestingly, vitamin C is needed for carnitine synthesis, an amino acid that transports fatty acids into the mitochondria of muscle tissue. Reduced carnitine status appears to be responsible for the marked fatigue and lassitude shown in vitamin C deficiency and early scurvy.

Known contraindications - B5 has no known toxic side-effects and so can be used in relatively large amounts.

Vitamin B5 upper safe level: 1000mg (long and short term - excessively large doses of around 10,000mg have been known to cause diarrhoea and gastrointestinal disturbances).

Interactions - Pantothenic acid works together with carnitine and Co Q10 in fatty-acid transport and utilisation.

Non-haeme (vegetarian) iron absorption from a single meal is enhanced 2-3 fold in the presence of 25mg-75mg vitamin C. Vitamin C potentiates vitamin E activity in cells by regenerating alpha-tocopherol from its oxidised derivative.

Useful links - Stress - Rhodiola, flax seed oil, Avena Sativa, Vervain, Licorice. Aerobic exercise and stress management.

One capsule provides: %ECNRV*
Magnesium ascorbate 221mg
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 188mg 235
Magnesium 12mg 3
Vitamin B5 (as Calcium pantothenate) 200mg 3333
Vitamin B3 (as Niacinamide) 50mg 313
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) 20mg 1429
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin HCl) 20mg 1818
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 20mg 1429
Choline (Bitartrate) 8.2mg
Inositol 20mg
Biotin 200ug 400
Folic acid 200ug 100
Vitamin B12 20ug 800
(Adenosylcobalamin & Methylcobalamin)
In a base of alfalfa, spirulina and bilberry
Vegan capsule 120mg
* European Community Nutrient Reference Value.
Pantothenic acid contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and supports mental performance.

Hypoallergenic formula. Vegan. 100% active ingredients.