We all know that vegans, or plant based folks, can get every nutrient, vitamin, and mineral that their meat-eating counterparts can get minus the consumption of animal products. The only nutrient that vegans need to supplement in their diet is Vitamin B12. Did you know that up to 15% of the general United States population is deficient in vitamin B12? See, it’s not just vegans.
In this blog we will go over the benefits of keeping your B12 levels up.
One of the most common signs of a B12 deficiency is a feeling of tiredness or weakness. The main job of B12 is to help in the formation of red blood cells. Lacking in this area can cause your body to feel weak. A lack of healthy red blood cells means there is less oxygen being transported to your organs and every other place it is need (aka everywhere!).
Along the same lines as the last benefit, B12 helps prevent people from becoming anemic. For people suffering from anemia, B12 (in combination with iron) can help in raising red blood cell counts. Some might need either iron or B12, but it’s most beneficial to make sure your levels are healthy in both.
Proper levels of B12 keep your nervous system functioning correctly. A deficiency in B12 can cause severe damage to your nervous system. Some people report pins and needle feelings in their limbs, especially in their lower extremities, when they are low in B12. Sustained periods of low B12 can cause permanent nerve damage.
One of the more interesting benefits of B12 is that it can help increase your mood. Obviously, depression is a serious medical condition that can’t be fixed with a vitamin alone, but in combination with other treatment, supplementing B12 can help. The possible reasoning behind this is because without proper red blood cell health, the brain tissue can become damaged. Damaged brain tissue can lead to depression and even dementia. Keeping your B12 intake up can help prevent diseases such as these.
Now that you know the benefits of B12, I bet you’re ready to start thinking about how much you’re getting in your diet!
It’s recommended that adults consume 2.4 mcg of vitamin B12 daily. The form of B12 that is easiest for our bodies to absorb is Methylcobalamin. As if you needed another reason to drink a creamy Chocolate Magic protein shake every day, it just so happens to have the daily recommended dose of Methylcobalamin B12.
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