Vitamin B4 or Adenine is water soluble and a member of the B complex family. It acts as coenzyme with other vitamins to produce energy.
Helps make up the code in DNA and RNA. Is important for cellular metabolism functions.
Alcohol, cola, coffee, tea, chocolate, refined sugar, sugar substitutes and processed foods are enemies of adenine.
If you are nursing, adenine can be helpful in improving lactation. People who tire easily or suffer from lack of energy may be helped by an increased intake of adenine.
Function of vitamin B4
Helps alleviate fatigue, aid in regulating heart arrhythmia, strengthens the immune system. Helps prevent the formation of free radicals and helps balance blood sugar levels. (1)
Foods rich in vitamin B4
Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, raw honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, most fruit and vegetables. May also be found in herbs as blessed thistle, blue cohosh, cayenne, cloves, ginger, kelp, sage and thyme.
Signs of deficiency
Retarded growth rate, blood and skin disorders, hypoglycaemia, weakened immune system, allergies, muscle weakness.
Signs of excess
Recommended daily dosage
No daily dosage established.
B4 acts as a coenzyme with other vitamins to produce energy so it is most commonly found in B-complex formulas. Supplements called NADH are in fact Adenine and more coenzymes in tablet form.
- New Vitamin Bible Earl L. Mindell, Hachette Book Group, 2011