Vitamin B12 is water-soluble vitamin and the body needs be supplied with it each day in a form of food or dietary supplement.
Recommended dietary allowance: 1 capsule
Servings per bottle: 100 capsules
Important data about vitamin B12
It contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and other psychological functions. Factors contributing to the lack of it are smoking and alcohol consumption. Vitamin B12 does its best when it is taken together with vitamin C, vitamin B-1, vitamin B2 and magnesium.
The vitamin B-12 is involved in vital processes:
- It is involved in metabolic processes.
- It contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and psychological functions.
- It contributes to red blood cell formation.
- It contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system.
- It contributes to fatigue and tiredness reduction.
- It plays a role in cell growth.
The symptoms of vitamin B12 deficit must be remedied!
Vitamin B12 deficiency affects almost the entire body. In general, it starts with non-specific symptoms such as mild fatigue, general weakness and rapid heartbeat and with pale skin and mucous membranes. These symptoms may last up to several years.
Finally, the number of red blood cells are reduced (anemia), and the blood shows a distinctive big red blood cells (megaloblastic anemia). The blood tests show an increase in the MVC (erythrocytes medium corpuscular volume) value. The absence of it is also recognizable for burning tongue or inflammation of the tongue. Other symptoms are the numbness of hands or feet and sensory loss. At the same additional vitamin and iron deficiency occur. It may happen that the optic nerve and retina get damaged in which case immediate high dose of vitamin B12 is required. If deficiencies are discovered at this stage the symptoms can be eliminated with appropriate cobalamin doses.
If the deficiency is long lasting,the second phase of acute symptomatic vitamin B12 deficiency steps up which is called funicularis myelosis. In this case, the nerve sheath is damaged which can cause damage to the nervous system very fast.
3 micrograms of vitamin B12 per day is needed to prevent deficiency diseases.
In case of average meals with meat we get 2-5 micrograms per day. 3.5 micrograms is recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers need 4 micrograms.
Many diseases and medical drugs also increase our vitamin B12 needs, such as chronic liver diseases, thyroid gland, taking contraceptive pills, as well as high doses of vitamin C taken regularly.