Vitamin B12 helps the body to perform a number of crucial functions, according to the NHS.
It helps to keep the nervous system healthy, as well as boost cardiovascular systems.
A deficiency in the vitamin causes the body to produce abnormally large red blood cells.
These cells can’t function properly, and could lead to a number of unwanted symptoms, including tiredness, mouth ulcers, and problems with memory.
But, by taking vitamin B12 supplements, you could prevent
deficiency symptoms, and boost your mood and nervous system.
“A vitamin B12 deficiency is thought to be one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in the world,” said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.
“Vitamin B12 benefits your mood, energy level, memory, heart, skin, hair, digestion and more.
“Because of its wide-reaching roles within the body, a vitamin B12 deficiency can show up in many different negative symptoms, many of which are very noticeable, such as potential chronic fatigue, mood disorders like depression, and chronic stress or feeling run down.
“Vitamin B12 can be taken in tablet form, in drops that you place under on the tongue or in oral spray form.
“Sometimes seniors do better with drops and oral spray forms of vitamin B12 because they have trouble absorbing the vitamin from the stomach.”
Supplementing vitamin B12 can benefit your metabolism, and therefore help to maintain energy levels, the nutritionist revealed.
The vitamin is used to convert carbohydrates into useable energy, he added.
It may also help to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, as a deficiency can lead to neurologic disturbances, he said.
Taking the supplements may also help to reduce some symptoms of mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, claimed the nutritionist.
You could even lower your risk of heart disease, heart attacks or strokes by adding more vitamin B12 to your diet, he said.
UK adults need about 1.5mg of vitamin B12 everyday, the NHS said.
If you eat meat, fish or dairy products, you should get enough of the vitamin from your diet.
But, some vegetarians and vegans may be at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency, as it’s not naturally found in fruit, vegetables and grains.
If you take vitamin B12 supplements, don’t take any more than 2mg a day.
Taking too much of the vitamin can cause harmful effects, the Department of Health warned.
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