Vitamin B12 – importance and where to find it

Have you ever heard of vitamin B12? Also called Cobalamin, it is responsible for the health of our nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as for working on the production of red blood cells. Our body needs a series of vitamins and minerals to be able to function in a healthy way and among these essential nutrients is vitamin B12.

A deficiency of vitamin B12 in our body can cause various symptoms such as anemia, bad mood, fatigue, depression, intestinal difficulties, thrombosis, lack of concentration, memory problems, among other inconveniences that can affect life quality. Remember that it is necessary to consult a doctor to assess the levels of vitamin B12 in the body and to carry out a replacement of the nutrient, if necessary.

Where does vitamin B12 come from?

Vitamin B12 is mainly found in foods of animal origin, such as meat in general, eggs, milk and dairy products, cold water fish such as salmon and tuna, oysters, among others. There are some plant foods that end up being artificially fortified with this nutrient, such as soybeans and breakfast cereals.

Additionally, there are vitamin supplements in pill, solution, or injectable form that help balance vitamin B12 levels in the body. They should only be indicated by a specialist and ingested if the nutrient deficiency is proven by blood tests.

Who can be deficient in vitamin B12?

People who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet may have decreased levels of vitamin B12 in the body, as most foods rich in this nutrient are of animal origin. This deficiency can also occur in people who have had weight loss surgery or who are using medicines to treat gastritis and ulcers or certain antibiotics.

People with digestive issues such as malabsorption syndrome as well as people with hypothyroidism may also suffer from low levels of vitamin B12. There are still older people who have a harder time absorbing this nutrient. The consumption of alcohol and cigarettes can also influence the absorption of this vitamin.

Therefore, there are several factors that can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency in the body. Thus, it is essential to have a medical follow-up to perform tests to assess the levels of this nutrient and whether the patient will need supplementation.

Benefits of vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 offers countless benefits for our health (in the art below I will list the main ones), being essential for a good quality of life. Therefore, it is essential that the levels of this nutrient are balanced in our body.

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