vitamin b12 comes from meat

When you think of essential vitamins,
you probably think of fruits and greens. But, vitamin B12 comes only from non-plant foods; fish, meats, and dairy – or supplemental forms of B12. Vegetarians will definitely suffer from lack of vitamin B12 without supplementation.

Deficiencies of B12 can lead to a multitude of conditions, syndromes and maladies. Many of the benefits described below concerning vitamin B12 are related to keeping vitamin B12 levels at a healthy, non-deficient level.

What is concerning is that many people are deficient in vitamin B12, especially as we get older. As we age, stomach acid potency decreases. Stomach acid is required to break down foods into B12. Many elderly suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency without added supplementation.

Vitamin B12 is an essential, yes critical, nutrient that is required for human cell function – more critical than you may be aware.

Let’s look at the many benefits of having healthy blood levels of vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 is vital for memory and learning.

A study on the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency concluded that low B12 concentrations are associated with poorer memory performance and significantly poorer learning ability. The study related the poorer memory to the reduced structural integrity of the hippocampus part of the brain. When there is a B12 deficiency, it can mimic severe memory impairment.

Memory loss is related to vitamin B12 deficiency, but memory improvement is not directly related to higher concentrations of B12 in the body. Take only as much vitamin B12 as needed to not be deficient.

Vitamin B12 affects mood and depression.

Although the mechanism is not fully understood, vitamin B12, other B vitamins and folate play a large part in mood and their deficiency can result in depression. These vitamins are believed to help produce brain chemicals that affect mood along with other brain functions.

B12 is crucial for a vital nervous system.

Many studies relate vitamin B12 deficiency to unhealthy nervous system function. B12 is required for the healthy development of nervous system tissue. Lack of B12 can cause neuropathy of various types and the breakdown of a functioning nervous system.

Vitamin B12 is essential for the preservation of the myelin sheath around neurons and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters. B12 also plays a critical part in the One-carbon cycle of the central nervous system and brain. It is critical to the synthesis of methionine, a metabolism pathway.

B12 benefits your brain by preserving and preventing the loss of neurons.

As mentioned… vitamin B12 is essential for the preservation of the myelin sheath around neurons and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters.

A study revealed that vitamin B12 promotes the growth of neuron cells, especially after damage, as might occur with traumatic brain injury. This study suggested that B12 may be useful as a neuroprotective substance, preventing the loss of neurons in the brain.

Vitamin B12 is essential for proper metabolism.

Cobalimin is involved in the metabolism of all the cells in the human body. Colabimin is also known as Vitamin B12 and is required for proper cellular metabolism. A deficiency in B12 can result in poor metabolism and severe conditions including fatigue.

Red blood cell formation and anemia prevention requires vitamin B12.

It has long been established that vitamin B12 is required for red blood cell formation. A lack of B12 will result in anemia with a reduction in red blood cell production.

White blood cell production dependent on B12.

Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in white blood cell production. It is commonly known that white blood cells are essential for proper immune system functioning.

One study has shown that lymphocytes and natural killer cells (white blood cells) were reduced in B12 deficient patients compared to a control group. When vitamin B12 was administered to both the deficient group and the control group, lymphocytes and natural killer cells increased in both groups.

Vitamin B12 involved in circadian sleep cycles.

There have been several studies that indicate that vitamin B12 is involved in the sleep-wake circadian cycles. It is believed that supplementation with higher doses of B12 than the recommended daily dose can bring the circadian rhythm back into sync.

There have also been studies that show a connection between vitamin B12 deficiency and insomnia.

In any event, it seems B12 is vital for proper sleep patterns.

B12 is fundamental for healthy skin, hair and nails.

B12 is important for cell metabolism and cell production. Given that… we need proper levels of vitamin B12 to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails.

Low vitamin B12 levels can cause many different skin and nail disorders. Cracked skin, loss of skin color, nail discoloration, hair changes and hair loss can result from a deficiency in B12.

Increased energy and vitality directly related to vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 has always been associated with energy and vitality. This is probably because a deficiency of B12 can cause fatigue, even debilitating exhaustion and fatigue. One of the key benefits of healthy levels of vitamin B12 is maintaining good energy and vitality.

As we age, B12 levels can gradually decline due to many factors but a major factor is because of reduced stomach acid potency as we age. Strong stomach acids are required to break down B12 from foods containing it.

B12 may reduce the risk of heart disease.

There seems to be some relation between an increased risk of heart disease and elevated levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the blood. There is also a link that has been shown between vitamin B12 deficiency and elevated homocysteine blood levels.

While a direct correlation between heart disease and B12 is not yet established and needs more study, it suggests that keeping vitamin B12 at a proper level can help fight off heart disease.

Vitamin B12 is shown to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis.

Quite a few studies show an association between vitamin B12 deficiency and osteoporosis. Other studies have gone further and looked at B12 in relation to overall bone health and bone density. While more in depth study is needed, the evidence points to B12 being an important factor in bone health and avoiding osteoporosis.

The homocysteine factor may be associated with the link between vitamin B12 and bone health, with higher homocysteine levels being a possible factor in poor bone health – B12 keeps homocysteine at lower levels in the blood.

B12 for your oral health.

While vitamin B12 deficiency may have an affect on the bones and teeth, many studies have shown that higher B12 levels in the blood can help with many other oral health disorders. Deficiencies of B12, even non severe deficiencies, can result in a host of oral health conditions and tongue pain.

Vitamin B12 deficiencies have also been shown by studies to be a cause of tooth decay and gingivitis in teens and pre-teens.

Vitamin B12 may reduce your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

There have been studies that suggest a link between elevated homocysteine levels and macular degeneration. As discussed with the benefits of B12 regarding heart disease, vitamin B12 is shown to reduce homocysteine blood levels and thereby reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Another study revealed a link between vitamin B12 along with other B vitamins and the onset and severity of cataracts. Higher, more healthy B12 levels were associated with less severe or prevention of cataracts.

Additional:
Vitamin B12 May Prevent Major Birth Defects
Vitamin B12 is an effective treatment for cyanide poisoning.

The takeaway.

Many studies have been done with vitamin B12 as a factor or co-factor in the study looking at a wide range of conditions – sometimes for very specific diseases. Almost always, the condition or disease is the result of a deficiency of B12 in the blood.

Healthy levels of vitamin B12 and recommended daily dosages are well known. At any age, but especially for those that are over the age of 50, it is recommended that specific attention is given to dailly vitamin B12 supplementation.

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