What does Vitamin B12 do for you?

By : Godoctr Team    Posted : 18-01-2016    4237    8    Like
What does Vitamin B12 do for you?

What is Vitamin B12?


Vitamin B12 also known as Cobalamin. This Vitamin is one of the 8 vitamins found in vitamin B complex. All B group Vitamins are required to convert food into fuel to produce energy but vitamin B12 also plays an important role in regulating metabolism. This makes Vitamin B12 an essential nutrient found especially in animal sources of food. These are water soluble and delicate. They get destroyed easily when cooking or by consumption of alcohol. Food processing also decreases the amount of Vitamin B in foods.

However, this vitamin does have a difference from the remaining of the complex. This is the only water soluble vitamin that is stored in large quantities in the liver for years.

The daily requirement of Vitamin B12 varies from person to person. Strict vegetarians, smokers, pregnant ladies, heavy drinkers and elderly people usually require extra doses of Vitamin B12 than others.

People with a liver or kidney condition and sufferers of haemolyticanaemia also require a bit extra of Vitamin B12 than others.

Recommended Dietary Allowance recommends at least 2.4 micrograms of Vitamin B12 per day.


Reasons of Vitamin B12 Deficiency:


An insufficient nutrition, certain health conditions, and heartburn medicine can all contribute to not getting enough vitamin B12. Foods high in vitamin B12 include meat, poultry, eggs, shellfish and dairy products. Following a strict vegetarian diet without ingesting any animal products, having a poor diet while pregnant, or being fed a poor diet as an infant can all lead to vitamin B12 deficiency.


Vitamin B12 deficiency Symptoms:

  • A pale yellow tinge to your skin
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Changes in the way that you walk and move around
  • Disturbed vision
  • A decline in your mental abilities, such as understanding and judgment, memory
  • A sore and red tongue
  • Needles and pins
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Changes in the way you think, feel and behave

Benefits of Vitamin B12:

  • Protects Against Certain Cancers
  • Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s disease
  • Protects Against Heart Disease
  • Boosts Energy Levels
  • Helps Metabolize Proteins
  • Reduces Depression
  • Good for Brain Health
  • Promotes Healthy Skin
  • Good for the Digestive System
  • Makes Hair Healthier
  • Helps with Cholesterol
  • Good for the Nails
  • Helps Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure
  • Helps Prevent Strokes

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