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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is also known as cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver. This kind of vitamin is important to promote good health.

It major functions are to:

  • Helps in the formation and regeneration of red blood cells which helps to prevent
    • Anemia
    • to make DNA and other genetic material in all cells
  • It is a necessarily for carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
  • Helps to maintains a healthy nervous system
  • Promotes growth in children
  • Assist in increasing energy
  • It is an requirement for calcium absorption

Vitamins B12 are naturally found in animal’s products such as fish, milk and milk products, eggs, meat and poultry. Other excellent source of vitamins B12 is contained in bivalve mollusks such as clams and oysters. Fortified breakfast cereals are good source too and particularly valuable source for vegetarians.

Medical research has shown that the human bodies can stores several years worth of vitamin B12, so nutritional deficiency of this vitamin is extremely rare.

However, deficiency can result when the human body is unable to use vitamin B12. The lack of ability to absorb vitamin B12 from the intestinal tract can result to a disease known as pernicious anemia. This occurs most common among strict vegetarians or vegans who are not permitted to taking proper amounts of B12 by the way of supplements. Vitamins B12 deficiencies are also common in developing countries due to low intakes of nutritious food and vegetables. Low levels of B12 vitamins can also lead to:

  • Poor appetite
  • Growth failures among children
  • Tiredness
  • Brain Damage
  • Nervousness
  • Neuritis
  • Degeneration of the spinal cord
  • Depression
  • Lack of Balance and weakness
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities

Medical studies have shown that vitamin B-12 deficiency may increase the risk of neural tube defects in pregnant women with a high risk of this condition.

Excessive intake of from food and supplements containing B12 vitamins had a very low potential to cause toxicity. It is highly recommended that adults over the age of 50 years should get most of their vitamin B12 from supplements or prepared foods because of the high rate of impaired absorption from unfortified foods in this population.

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