Vitamin B12 – Why do you need it?

Vitamin B12 - Why do you need it?

Vitamin B12 is a remarkable “helper” that plays important chemical roles in our cells. In your body, vitamin B12 is needed in the synthesis of DNA and, thus, is essential for the health of your blood and bone marrow, as well as maintenance of your nervous system, including your brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Chronic, severe deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to anemia, dementia, paralysis, and death. As a result, maintaining adequate levels of vitamin B12 in your tissues is vital to your well being. The statistics show that an overwhelming majority of people worldwide simply don’t get enough B12, and most adults over 50 according to studies but I think even adults over the age of let’s say 25 or 30 have problems absorbing B12.
Methylcobalamin is the best forms of B12 and is really good for your heart. As a matter of fact, one study found that methylcobalamin was effective at lowering homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels are associated cardiovascular disease. Cyanocobalamin is another form of B12. If you start looking at B12 supplements, the one you want to avoid is cyanocobalamin. It’s basically cobalamin bonded with cyanide and commercially produced.
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