Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is one of the water soluble vitamins that is essential for the production of red blood cells as well as the maintenance of nerves and is crucial for proper brain function. It is responsible for the smooth functioning of several critical body processes. It is essential for vegetarians, heavy drinkers and smokers, pregnant and breast-feeding women, and the elderly usually require vitamin B12 supplements. Sometimes our body, mainly our digestive system, is not able to absorb vitamin B12 well. This can happen when a person has pernicious anemia, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, bacteria growth in the small intestine, or a parasite. People suffering from these conditions may need vitamin B12 supplements, to prevent a vitamin B12 deficiency. This deficiency is usually reported with symptoms of fatigue.

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A deficiency in vitamin B12 can result in a host of illnesses like anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, poor memory, soreness of the mouth, asthma, vision problems, and a low sperm count.

Free vitamin B12 combines with Intrinsic Factor, and the resulting complex undergoes absorption within the distal ileum by receptor-mediatedendocytosis

Approximately 56% oral vitamin B12 is absorbed this way. In addition to the Intrinsic Factor mechanism, Passive Diffusion normally accounts for further adsorption of Vitamin B12. When taken in large enough doses, unbound B12 can overcome Intrinsic Factor defects because much can be absorbed through Passive Diffusion.

Key Health Benefits:

  • Is necessary to convert carbohydrates to glucose which leads to increased energy.
  • Increases energy and counteracts fatigue and lethargy.
  • Helps to reduce stress and depression.
  • Helps to maintain healthy brain function.
  • Is necessary to regulate cholesterol levels.
  • Assists the body’s cell reproduction and is therefore essential to skin and hair as well as all other vital organs.
  • Helps to build your immune system.
  • Is required for red blood cells to form and grow and transport Oxygen
  • Vitamin B12 intake is extremely important during pregnancy or trying to get pregnant.
  • It helps in healthy regulation of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage. Vitamin B 12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer.

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