The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 9
Vitamin B12 – Cyanocobalamin
Vitamin B12 (often called the “energy vitamin”) is important in helping the body maintain a healthy nervous system & creating new blood cells.
It also helps maintain a healthy digestive system & keeps hair & nails strong & healthy.
Your body depends on vitamin B12 for energy production.
It’s crucial to the metabolic process that converts carbohydrates & fats into energy — this is why it’s often called the “energy vitamin.”
B12 is also one of the building blocks your body uses to produce DNA, so it’s crucial for healthy cell growth & repair — which is key to aging in a healthy way.
B12’s most vital function of all may be protecting your brain & entire nervous system by keeping your nerves communicating in an optimal manner.
This is especially important since cognitive decline, especially among seniors, is reaching epidemic proportions.
The Optimal Amount of Vitamin B12…
- Teens 14–18 years 2.4 mcg
- Adults 2.4 mcg
- Pregnant women 2.6 mcg
- Breastfeeding teens & women 2.8 mcg
Foods that Contain Vitamin B12….
- shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels)
- cold-water fish (mackerel, salmon, herring)
- crustaceans (shrimp, lobster)
- beef liver & lean cuts of beef
- dairy products (milk, yogurt & Mozzarella, Parmesan & Swiss cheeses)
(If you’re a vegan, you’ll need to rely on fortified cereals & soy products, yeast extract spreads & vitamin B12 supplements)
The Bottom Line…
Symptoms of deficiency include but are not limited to muscle weakness, burning & tingling of the feet, lack of energy, difficulty walking & nausea.
The good news is that B12 deficiency can be remedied rather quickly by including Vitamin B12 food sources in your diet.
It can be that simple.
Vary your diet. Follow the principles of Optimalism & you will experience greater health & performance.
Until we talk again… stay on the path.
To Your Best Health
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