Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is part of the Vitamin B complex that although is thought to have no side effects. This makes it a much more desirable option as a supplement than the B6 vitamin in the same family. Vitamin B12 helps with much of the same things the B6 vitamin does such as extracting energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; and it also plays a role in the development and maintenance of the central nervous system. Vitamin B12 also releases the metabolically active form of folate and helps with bone metabolism as well as cell formation. Also similar to Vitamin B6, B12 can also help prevent anemia.

Perhaps because it’s not known to be as aggressive as Vitamin B6, the daily recommended requirements are also not as stringent. Men and women both over the age of 19 are advised to be sure to get 2.4ug/day. However, as we become older, our bodies can’t absorb Vitamin B12 as well and so it’s advised that we eat more Vitamin B12-enriched foods and supplements.

The best ways to get more Vitamin B12 into your diet are by eating meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and milk products. Breakfast cereals are also often enriched with Vitamin B12.

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