The benefits of Vitamin B-12
Now that my wife and I are starting to get a few years under our belt we are finding ourselves taking more vitamins to help our body make it through the day. I remember my mother when she was in her 70’s she had to start getting a vitamin B-12 shot every month, now I am finding my wife and I taking a vitamin B-12 supplement. For a while I had stopped taking it and I started to notice that I was more sluggish and tired throughout the day. I mentioned this to my wife and she asked if I had stopped taking my B-12 supplement and I had to fess up that I had stopped. She suggested to start back taking it and we would see if it made a difference and it did.
What is Vitamin B-12
So, what makes this vitamin so good for us. Vitamin B-12 is also known as being called Cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that is dissolves in water and flows through your bloodstream. Animal foods are the best source for taking in vitamin B-12, this would include grass fed meat, grass fed dairy products, eggs, wild caught fish, and organic range chicken. Like all the B vitamins, B-12 is water soluble and the body does not store cobalamin and if the body does not need it then the unwanted amounts are excreted through your urine.
The benefits of B-12
According to WebMD, Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin. This means that the body requires vitamin B-12 to work properly. Vitamin B-12 can be found in foods such as meat, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory. It is often taken in combination with other B vitamins. Here is some other reasons that we should be taking B-12;
- It helps the body regulated the nervous system which it aids in reducing stress, depression, stress, and
- It supports heart health.
- It converts food and carbohydrates into glucose in the body thus leading to increase in energy and decrease fatigue.
- It assists to maintain a healthy digestive system and it improves unhealthy cholesterol and it helps with high blood pressure.
- It can also aid in helping to protect us against breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer.
- May help curb memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease.
- Increase concentration.
- Increase the Immune system.
Vitamin B-12 deficiency
Many of us are low or deficient in vitamin B-12 and don’t even know it. My mother had been B-12 deficient for many years and this resulted in severe damage to her body where she had to have B-12 injections monthly. There are many signs of being deficient in B-12 and here is a list of some of those signs.
- Constantly feeling tired and fatigued, very common sign.
- Joint pain.
- Muscle weakness or muscle aches.
- Poor memory or forgetfulness.
- Inability to concentrate.
- Mood swings.
- Poor appetite.
- Heart issues.
- Anemia, or pernicious anemia which my mother had. This is a serious condition that causes memory loss and long-term dementia. Pernicious anemia is potentially a life-threatening disease.
Many people especially the little big older generation and people that are vegetarians or vegans are potential victims of vitamin B-12 deficiency. In doing my research on this vitamin I know for a fact that I will be taking this vitamin for the rest of my life. If you are showing any signs that I have listed above I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and get some advice, you could be one of us that are starting down the road of being vitamin B-12 deficient.