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What About Your B12

If you're a vegetarian, you should know all about B12. It's one of the vitamins that is challenging to maintain adequate levels for vegetarians. Generally, it's found in animal products or fortified products like soy milk. B12 is responsible for supporting your red blood cells and nervous system. 

What's really cool, is that scientist at the University of Kent may have found a way to add B12 to plant products. By growing leafy greens containing increasing amounts of the vitamin, researchers found that the plants did absorb B12. 

This is an important discovery for people who don't eat meat or apt to have a B12 deficiency. In the meantime, their are some great supplements on the market.

Why should you consider supplementing with B12? Here is a summary of the 9 benefits of B12 from Healthline:

  1. Vitamin B12 is involved in red blood cell formation. When vitamin B12 levels are too low, the production of red blood cells is altered, causing megaloblastic anemia.
  2. Appropriate vitamin B12 levels are key to a healthy pregnancy. They’re important for the prevention of brain and spinal cord birth defects.
  3. Vitamin B12 may play a vital role in your bone health. Low blood levels of this vitamin have been associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis.
  4. Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin B12 decreases homocysteine levels in your blood. This may help prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration.
  5. Vitamin B12 is needed for the production of serotonin, a chemical responsible for regulating mood. Vitamin B12 supplements may help improve mood in people with an existing deficiency.
  6. Vitamin B12 may help prevent brain atrophy and memory loss. More research is needed to conclude if supplementing with this vitamin can improve memory in those without a deficiency.
  7. Vitamin B12 is involved in energy production in your body. Taking a supplement may improve your energy level, but only if you’re deficient in this vitamin.
  8. Vitamin B12 can decrease blood homocysteine, a type of amino acid that is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. However, research does not currently support the claim that vitamin B12 reduces this risk.
  9. Healthy vitamin B12 levels are important for your hair, skin and nails. However, taking a supplement probably won’t improve your health in these areas if your levels are already sufficient.

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that you must obtain through diet or supplements.

It’s responsible for many bodily functions and may benefit your health in various ways, such as by preventing major birth defects, supporting bone health, improving mood and maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Getting enough vitamin B12 through your diet is crucial. However, if you struggle to obtain enough or have a condition that affects absorption, supplements are a simple way to increase your B12 intake.

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