6 Important Facts About Vitamin B12

Everything you need to know about this energy-boosting vitamin!

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin. It is best known to boost energy and memory. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a major public health problem worldwide. If neglected, its deficiency can lead to some serious implications for our health. Here are some lesser known facts about this vital micronutrient.

  1. Vitamin B12 helps in the formation of red blood cells– The function of red blood cells is to transport oxygen from the air that we breathe to all the cells in your body, to be converted into energy. Vitamin B12 helps in making these blood cells. Severe deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to megaloblastic anemia. When you’re anemic, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to your vital organs. This explains why one feels fatigued and sluggish due to the deficiency of this vitamin.

We need this vitamin in small amounts, yet its deficiency can cause multiple health problems. It is important to consult your doctor if there are any signs of vitamin B12 deficiency like fatigue, dizziness, pins and needles sensation in hands and feet, hair loss, pale skin. The best way to have healthy levels of vitamin B12 is to keep your gut healthy. Natural food sources of this vitamin are milk, yoghurt, fermented foods, eggs, fish, poultry, and meat.

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