Vitamin B12 is crucial for generating red blood cells and therefore the health of the brain, nervous system and DNA. It is a water soluble enzyme.
Vitamin B12 –
- Prevents muscle wasting
- Prevents depression
- Keeps us alert and thinking clearly
- Keeps us energetic
- Prevents brain atrophy (brain shrinkage) in the elderly
- Protects against breast and lung cancer
- Helps prevent and heal eczema
- Slows the aging process
- Alleviates the symptoms of Lyme disease
- May help the symptoms of multiple sclerosis
Deficiency symptoms include memory loss, depression, fatigue, anemia and headaches.
A body deficient in B12 will not absorb iron. A routine blood test can identify the anemia associated with the condition. It is easily corrected with increased supplementation.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is most common in vegetarians, diabetics and young adults.
The recommended dose for vitamin B12 in children (1.2 mcg) and adults (2.4 mcg).
Side effects of taking too much B12 include itching and rashes. Excessive levels of B12 can also cause blood clots, an allergic reaction and harm to the optic nerves.
Food sources include milk, eggs and poultry.
Did you know –
- One of the best ways to absorb vitamin B12 is through a patch
- Vitamin B12 is sold as a spray so that it can be absorbed through the lining of the mouth
- Most vegetarians are very deficient in B12 as the major source of the vitamin is meat sources
- A deficiency of B12 causes your brain to atrophy which gives you holes in your brain
Individuals who suffer from schizophrenia, suicidal tendencies and depression have been helped with Vitamin B12 supplementation