Vitamin B12 – contains the minerals cobalt and is sometimes called a cobalamin. The body uses Vitamin B12 for :
– Creating new red blood cells
– DNA synthesis
– Brain and neurological function
– Fat and protein metabolism.
Foods which contain Vitamin B12:
Vitamin B12 occurs naturally in animal products such as:
– Milk and yogurt
– Beef liver
People who do not eat animal products get B12 from supplements or fortified foods such as breakfast cereals and nutritional yeast.
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency – It usually causes a condition called megaloblastic anemia. Symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency may include
– Weight loss
– Loss of appetite
– Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
– Memory problems
People who are at risk of a B12 deficiency include those who have
– Conditions that interfere with absorption of nutrients
– Older adults
– Celiac disease
– Crohn’s disease
– had gastric bypass surgery or surgery on stomach.
Vegetarians, vegans & pregnant and lactating women may also need extra vitamin B12.
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