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July 08, 2019

What Is Vitamin B12 And What Does It Do?

How does a complex vitamin found in your breakfast and dinner become critical to anti-aging? When that vitamin is B12, once you understand the role it plays in the overall health of your body, you'll better understand why it's so crucial to mental and physical aging.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin or cyanocobalamin in its man-made form) is a vital nutrient that is essential to every single cell in the human body. Vitamin B12 creates deoxyribonucleic acid — DNA, the building blocks of life. Without vitamin B12, our bodies wouldn't have the genetic material necessary to synthesize our very cells.

In addition to the literal foundation of our bodies, vitamin B12 is also responsible for ensuring that our nerve cells and our blood cells stay healthy. Vitamin B12 is used to create red blood cells, plays an essential role in central nervous system function, and helps with cell metabolism.

While our bodies are able to store several years' worth of vitamin B12 certain plant-based diets might lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency. Natural sources of B12 include milk, yogurt, eggs, fish, clams, poultry, red meat, and organ meats such as the kidneys and liver. Vitamin B12 can also be found in fortified foods and in dietary supplements like IMMUSE™.

For those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, vitamin B12 can be found in fortified nutritional yeast, fortified breakfast cereals, and in enriched soy and rice milk.

Other Groups At Risk Of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Unfortunately, while vitamin B12 is abundant in a wide variety of foods, there are certain conditions that lead to either poor absorption or a deficiency of the nutrient.

  • Lack of hydrochloric acid
    Due to side effects from medications or conditions such as peptic ulcer disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the hydrochloric acid in the stomach will either decrease. Stomach acid is needed to break down food, especially for the release of vitamin B12. Adults over the age of fifty will benefit greatly from taking a dietary supplement with vitamin B12 as their bodies will be able to absorb the much-needed nutrient this way.
  • Surgical procedures or digestive disorders
    People who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery or who have certain conditions such as Crohn's or celiac disease are also at risk of a vitamin B12 insufficiency. These people will also benefit from using a supplement with the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12 to ensure they don't suffer any of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

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