Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin. Its role in the operations of our bodies is diverse — from maintaining the nervous system, red blood cells, and energy metabolism to the proper functioning of our brains, hearts, livers, and kidneys. It is, in fact, essential for optimal health, performance, and wellbeing.
It is required for normal cellular activity, working with folic acid to create building blocks for RNA and DNA synthesis and the synthesis of molecules that help maintain the proper functioning of the genome. This vitamin also helps the nervous system function properly and aids in energy production and in fatty acid biosynthesis. The body uses only small amounts of vitamin B12 to carry out these tasks.
Vitamin B12 occurs naturally in meats and other sources of animal proteins (it is not found in plants), and serious deficiencies are rare in healthy individuals who consume a balanced diet. However, vegans, vegetarians, the elderly or those who have had any kind of gastric surgery, may suffer lower than healthy levels of vitamin B12.
- Maintains the nervous system, red blood cells, and energy metabolism
- Aids proper functioning of our brains, hearts, livers, and kidneys
- Essential for optimal health, performance, and wellbeing.