What Does Vitamin B12 do For Your Body....

What does vitamin B12 do??

While few Americans suffer from severe deficiency diseases such as scurvy or rickets, the Council for Responsible Nutrition reports that most Americans don't consume adequate amounts of many nutrients. Some are:

  • Vitamins B12 (Cobalamin) 
  • Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin B6 
  • Vitamin C( (Ascorbic acid) 
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
  • Riboflavin ( vitamin B2)
  • Thiamin (B1)
  • Folic Acid

Also minerals such as magnesium, calcium, chromium, iron, selenium, and zinc are very important, and inadequate intakes may not trigger a disease but can leave the body open to other diseases and chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

What does vitamin B12 do..

It's a key component in:

  • Cell formation and longevity. 
  • It maintains proper digestion. 
  • Protein synthesis. 
  • Absorption of food. 
  • Helps with metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. 
  • Helps maintain fertility, and along with the other B vitamins, helps produce neurotransmitters, chemicals that facilitate communication between nerves. 

This is the reason vitamin B12 is helpful in the treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders. 

What else does vitamin B12 do for the human body.

Vitamin B12 aids in the formation of:

  • Red blood cells. 
  • Helps maintain the central nervous system. 
  • Helps the body to use Folic Acid.

Signs of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Either inadequate intake or the inability to absorb vitamin B 12 is common and may be caused by certain diseases as:

  • Colitis 
  • Celiac disease by not enough stomach acid or abnormal bacterial growth in the intestines.

 A deficiency of B 12 doesn't happen overnight. It can take many years to be noticed, because the body stores this vitamin, and very little is excreted.

  • In addition to causing anemia. 
  • Memory loss. 
  • Decreased reflexes. 
  • Nerve damage. 
  • Eye problems. 
  • Digestive disorders. 
  • Abnormal gait. 
  • Even hallucination.

What else does vitamin B12 do.

Vitamin B 12 is also used to treat. 

  • Alzheimer's disease. 
  • Anemia 
  • Depression

Vitamin B12 dosage.

The RDA is 3 micrograms. For therapeutic doses 5 to 250 micrograms can be used.

Sublingual tablets are preferred, because the vitamin is readily absorbed through your mucous membranes in the mouth. Vitamin B 12 is also available in regular and extended release tablets.  

For some people, treatment of specific ailments and severe deficiency often require higher doses and can be give through vitamin B12 injections by a physician.

Side effects of vitamin B12.  

Vitamin B12 can be taken at 10,000 times the DRI ( 2 to 2.6 micrograms) and not cause side effects. Interactions of taking vitamin B12,  antigout, anticoagulant medications or potassium supplements may happen, and a problem of absorbing B 12 may occur and additional supplementation could be needed.

Thanks for reading.

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