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Vitamin B12

17
December
2013

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is necessary for the body’s normal synthesis of red blood cells, important for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and vital for the proper growth and development of children.* The Board of The Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition recommends that adults older than 50 years get most of their vitamin B12 from supplements or fortified food because of the inability to absorb this essential vitamin from foods that come from animals. B12 plays a vital role in the metabolism of fatty acids essential for the maintenance of nerves. B12 supplementation is crucial if you are a vegetarian because, since there isn’t an adequate source of Vitamin B12 in plant foods, vegetarians often have low serum B12 levels. Symptoms of B12 deficiency include lack of energy, shortness of breath, anemia, menstrual disorders and poor resistance to infection. According to a study conducted by The University of California Department Of Medicine, taking B12 and Folic Acid supplements together aids in cardiovascular health.*

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