Vitamin B12

[This post was written with Jeanne Schulz, RN, MSN]

Vitamin B12 is a vital member of the B-complex family.  This water-soluble vitamin, which is also referred to as Cyanocobalamin, contains traces of cobalt, a metallic ion. Vitamin B12 is easily absorbed through the gastrointestinal system and the liver is able to store sufficient amounts of it.  This is why it is rare for an individual to suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency.  However, if one has stomach disorders that make absorption of Cyanocobalamin difficult, they may have a deficiency even though they consume the right foods and take the required vitamin supplements.

Cyanocobalamin has been known to reduce tiredness, increase the level of alertness and make people feel invigorated overall.  This is why Vitamin B12 has been rightly termed the ‘Energy Vitamin’.

Vitamin B12 also has several other important functions in the body.  It can help alleviate symptoms of depression and even treat symptoms that lead to the loss of calcium including osteoporosis and tooth damage.  It is also known to reduce risks associated with heart disease and protects the artery walls against damage by reducing the levels of homocysteine in the body.  Cyanocobalamin also helps in ensuring that the nerve cells function properly.

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