Vitamin B12 contains a wide range of beneficial elements to improve and maintain the overall health and function of our body. The main results individuals with sufficient levels of vitamin B12 notice are increased energy levels and a more efficient metabolism.
This essential vitamin is water-soluble and helps maintain the health of nerves and red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is responsible for ensuring the body’s critical processes are functioning the way they should be, including:
- Helping to regulate the nervous system, reduce brain shrinkage, stress, and depression
- Helping to maintain the overall health of the digestive system as well as maintaining healthy cholesterol levels therefore protecting against heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke
- Helping with the reproduction of cells and continuous renewal of skin and is therefore important for healthy hair, skin, and nails
- Helping protect the body against common cancer types such as breast, lung, colon, and prostate
Vitamin B12 has been unofficially labeled as the “energy vitamin” and is responsible for converting carbohydrates into glucose giving the body a natural energy boost. This increase in energy also works in collaboration with a higher functioning metabolism, although vitamin E alone will not directly result in weight loss, these 2 beneficial results can have a positive affect on the process of losing weight and burning calories.
Vitamin B12 is one of the most important vitamins for hair growth; a deficiency of this vitamin is typically the main cause of hair loss and premature greying. Many people suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency and by simply including more vitamin C into the diet will help increase the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12. This vitamin is vital for the creation of red blood cells, these cells act as an oxygen carrier, supplying oxygen to the hair follicles and roots of living strands. Ultimately without sufficient levels of oxygen the hair will not be able to maintain healthy growth.
The most common source of B12 is animal products. High sources of this vitamin include meat, milk, shellfish, eggs, and cheese, and there are fortified vegan sources of B12, as well. Anyone suffering from a deficiency in vitamin B12 is likely to experience cases of anemia, weakness, fatigue, depression, weight loss, poor memory, lack of appetite, and vision problems.
It’s certainly a vitamin you’ll want to be getting your daily dose of!
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