12 Essential Vitamins & Minerals: B12
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is an important water-soluble Vitamin that is naturally found in animal foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. It is also available as a dietary supplement and a prescription medication, and listed below are a few of the many benefits.
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B12 plays a vital role in helping your body produce red blood cells, and can help with the formation of new blood cells and anemia prevention. Anemia is a condition in which your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, and without enough red blood cells, your body does not get enough oxygen.
This Vitamin helps create healthy bacteria within the gut environment, and eliminate harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. The beneficial bacteria that B12 produces, prevents digestive disorders and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Did you know that B12 is needed to create nucleic acid a.k.a. DNA? This is the basic genetic material to create your precious baby, and that's why B12 is an essential nutrient for his or her growth and development. This is a vital component to a healthy pregnancy!
There is evidence proving that a cocktail of B-complex Vitamins may prevent and be useful for treating Alzheimer’s. An Oxford University study found that taking Vitamin B12 improved brain function and dramatically reduced brain shrinkage in the area of the brain that is most affected by Alzheimer’s. Overall, this Vitamin plays a role in preventing the loss of neurons in the brain associated with memory loss.