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Health Benefits of Vitamin B12

What is it?
Vitamin B12, or cobalimin, is a nutrient that keeps red blood cells and nerve tissue healthy. It also plays an active role in DNA formation. Furthermore, it plays a role in carbohydrate metabolism, a role particularly important for people looking to change their diets, either to lose weight or gain it. B12 can only be found in foods of animal origin—if you are on a vegetarian diet, vitamin B12 supplements are a safe, reliable, and affordable alternative.

Health Benefits / Where can I get it?
Vitamin B12 and healthMany bodybuilders claim Vitamin B12 increases athletic performance and energy levels, however there is little scientific evidence that supports this claim. However, Vitamin B12 is a relatively harmless nutrient that is only needed in very small doses. In fact the recommended daily allowance of B12 in men and women 14 years and older is only 2.4 micrograms (mcg). Furthermore, B12 supplements usually come in multivitamin form, you can easily obtain your RDA of this vitamin along with other essential nutrients. This is especially important if you are following a vegetarian diet as vitamin B12 can only be found in foods from animal products. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause tiredness, weakness, constipation, and anemia. If you do not follow a vegetarian diet, vitamin B12 can be found in fish and shellfish, red meat, poultry, and dairy products. It can also be found in certain vitamin B12 fortified food such as vitamin-fortified cereal.
Vitamin B12 can be found at any nutritional supplement retailer ranging between $10-$20. It can also be found in more affordably and in lower dosages in certain multivitamin pills. Finally, if you suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency, vitamin B12 injections are available through your physician.

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