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Vitamin of the Week: Vitamin B12

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals at 8:42 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Eggs provide vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin needed for normal cell activity, DNA synthesis and regulation, and formation of blood. B12 is important for the mood-affecting substance called SAMe (S-adenosyl L-methionine), as well as energy production.

Vitamin B12, along with vitamin B6 and folic acid, control the human body homocysteine levels reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Vitamin B12 is found in many animal foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Most people should not have to worry about lack of vitamin B12 because an average diet will provide more than enough for your daily needs. In addition, most multi vitamins supply significant amounts of B12, boosting energy levels.

However, vegetarians could be lacking this important vitamin because people should not rely on vegan sources for sufficient quantities of B12. Vegans could become deficient after many years but taking a supplement will give all the B12 needed.

Lack of vitamin B12 may cause anemia, stress, depression, pernicious anemia and high homosysteine, as mentioned before. Vegans should take 2 to 3 mcg daily in order to prevent any health concerns.

Vegans are not alone when it comes to deficiency of vitamin B12, as elderly people struggle to absorb enough B12 from their diet. Studies have proved that lack of B12 may affect balance, memory and mood.

So, perhaps the reason we get a little grumpy when we are old is just as simple as not getting enough vitamins, more specifically, vitamin B12.

 2 Comments, latest by Calyson

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2 Responses to “Vitamin of the Week: Vitamin B12”

  1. Alex says:

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  2. Calyson says:

    The various forms of vitamin are very good for health. Methylcobalamin which is co-enzyme for B12 is body friendly and it needs to metabolic help for ingestion in the body. It is available in the sublingual pills form which melts on the tongue before they reach to the stomach and metabolism requires no efforts to dissolve this tablet. In this method, B12 can directly enter into the blood stream to start its functioning. To cure the cyanide poison, Hydroxocobalamin which is another form of Vitamin B12 can be used which is very effective and result producing.

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