Vitamin B12 Folic acid

A new blog... B12

Vitamin B12, the most recently discovered of all the vitamins……..

Vitamin B12 is the only B vitamin the body stores in large amounts, mostly in the liver. It is essential for cell reproduction and is particularly important for red blood-cell production. It maintains the protective layer around the nerves, assists in converting food to energy and plays a critical role in genetic material production. It is also needed for immunity and healing. B12 works together with folic acid to reduce homocysteine, elevated levels of which are a risk factor for heart disease. It has been shown to restore a wide range of tissues damaged by age, chronic illness, surgery and degenerative diseases.

Pernicious anaemia, depression, nerve damage, muscle weakness and memory loss can all be symptoms of a B12 deficiency and it is especially important to maintain levels if no meat or dairy is eaten, cancer patients are also virtually all anaemic.

Vitamin B12 can be found in liver, kidney, meat, oily fish, especially sardines, eggs and dairy products.

A general recommended dose is 1000mcg a day but if you are deficient a higher dose may be needed, in certain cases an injection may be necessary. Excess is readily excreted in urine. Take preferably alongside 400mg of folic acid.