It doesn’t take a doctor to know that vitamins do the body good. In fact, you need many to survive.Vitamin B12 is no exception. The vitamin plays a role in several essential body functions, including blood cell development, nerve function, and your cells ability to make energy.
Without B12, things would go downhill—fast. So, how do you know you’re getting enough? What foods have B12? Do you need a supplement? Here’s everything you need to know about the vitamin, according to experts. What Does Vitamin B12 Do?
“The water-soluble vitamin B12, sometimes referred to as cobalamin, is crucial for the development of red blood cells as well as the healthy operation of the brain and neurological system,” says Pallini Winnifred, R.D.N., the in-house dietician for FitDominium.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some cases of dementia and low cognitive ability have been linked to deficiencies in vitamin B12. While B12 deficiency is not super common in the United States, it can have somemajor effects on our health. It can cause severe weakness, nausea, and numbness.
Excerpted from Men’s Health