Are you getting enough B12?

Do you feel low in energy? Moody? Suffering brain fog? It could be that you’re lacking in B12. Whether you’re a carnivore or following a vegan diet, you may not be getting enough of this essential nutrient. 

40% of adults are deficient in B12 and being low on this essential nutrient can have an effect on our whole system. It can even cause serious and irreversible damage. 

B12 plays an important role in nearly every function of our body and whilst we only need a small amount of it to function, it’s a vitamin that’s hard to absorb from food and other factors such as age can leave it harder for our system to absorb.

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 actually exists in many forms, and it contains the mineral cobalt, which is why compounds with vitamin B12 are collectively called cobalamins. Two forms of vitamin B12 that are active in human metabolism are methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin.

This vitamin benefits the central nervous system in many ways including being used for neurotransmitter signalling. 

It’s also useful for our digestion and heart health so if you’re lacking in this vitamin then you could find you’re suffering from digestive disorders and be at an increased risk of heart disease. 

B12 is also essential for healthy skin, hair and nails which is why it’s started to be used in more cosmetic products. It helps the skin by reducing redress, dryness, inflammation and blemishes. 

How to get Vitamin B12 from your diet?

The body can’t produce Vitamin B12 on its own, so it must be sourced either from your diet or as an additional supplement. 

Foods which are rich in Vitamin B12 include…

Shellfish such as prawns, oysters, mushrooms and clams

Fortified foods such as nutritional yeast and certain cereals

Red meat but especially organ meat such as liver and kidney

Fish such as sardines, wild salmon and mackerel

Have your levels tested

If you’re getting any of the symptoms associated with low vitamin B levels then it’s important to visit your doctor and have a test done. A B12 blood test is easy to get done and your doctor will then discuss ways of increasing your vitamin B12 levels which may include a supplement or an injection every three months. 

2019-02-22T11:12:13+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|Lifestyle tips, Wellness|Comments Off on Are you getting enough B12?