Vitamin B12

There’s more to Vit B12 than a painful injection. So stop, turn around, run the mile back this way, and do your body a favour by getting your hands on some.

Vit B12 – known as cobalamin (it’s partly a mineral because it contains cobalt which stimulates production of red blood cells) – plays a role in curing anemia, boosting immune function, helping our nervous system and improving cognition. To add to that, it also seems to play a role in the prevention heart attacks and strokes by reducing levels of homocysteine.

The natural form of B12 found in food is known as methylcobalamin and enhances the activity of immune cells. Sources include meat, poultry, fortified cereals, eggs and some seaweeds. While certain digestive problems may interfere with the absorption of B12 from meat, non-meat eaters are most often at risk of being B12 and iron deficient.

Symptoms of deficiency include anemia, exhaustion, chills, numbness in extremities, dizziness and white spots on the tongue. Supplementation with B12 (along with folate) apparently shows fast improvement and the good news is that oral B12 supplementation also works and so injections are no longer the only option. If you don’t want to go that route at all, just make sure you’re getting enough from your food – a varied, healthy diet is the way to go to ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

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