Vitamins B12 Information

Learn more information about Vitamin B12 and its essential role in the human body.

Vitamin B12 comes in several forms, and it is alternately known by the names derivative of cobalamin such as cyanocobalamin, cobalamyns, and hydroxycobalamin. Vitamin B12 plays an integral role in the human body in the manufacture of genetic material of cells which is essential for growth and development. Vitamin B12 is also active and vital in the role of many enzymatic functions in the human body. Without Vitamin B12, the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow of the body would be impossible. This Vitamin is also necessary in the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and is though to function in conjunction with the processing of both folic acids and carbohydrates in the diet.

The dietary sources for Vitamin B12 are easily obtained, although you need only minute quantity of this Vitamin in order for proper functioning. The absolute best source of Vitamin B12 is found in liver, closely followed by kidneys, lean meats, eggs, fish and chicken. You can also find a healthy does of Vitamin B12 in milk and dairy products.

Even though it is so important to proper functioning of the human organism, Vitamin B12 deficiency does occur but typically develops over months or years, rather than quickly as the liver can store up to a 6 year supply of the body"˜s needs for Vitamin B12 in a healthy individual. The first signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency may be a sore mouth and tongue, or numbness and tingling in the limbs. This last sensation is caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency affecting the spinal cord and brain which if severe can lead to either depression or total memory loss.

Recommended intakes of Vitamin B12 vary, and since such a minute quantity is needed for proper function, you should be able to get all your sources from your diet. What is more threatening with Vitamin B12 than deficiency is that high dose of Vitamin B12 over time may cause rare allergic reactions. Of course, before starting any form of supplementation you should consult your health care practitioner.

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