Why vitamin B12 is so important for the body and brain

Meat, eggs, cheese and milk are high in B12.
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Vitamin B12 is an essential building block for human DNA and red blood cells.

Without adequate intake of B12, people can develop memory problems and suffer from persistent fatigue.

The human body cannot produce the vitamin itself and must ingest it through animal products.

Eight different B-Vitamine there are, all of which are important for the human body. Because they promote metabolism and are essential for healthy hair, nails, eyes, liver and the nervous system. Vitamin B12 is particularly important for red blood cells and for DNA.

In Germany everyone has Tenth too little B12 in the blood. People who are particularly at risk are vegetarian or vegan feed, according to the professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan Eduardo Villamor. “The symptoms of B12 deficiency vary in nature and depend on how long a person has been in a B12-free diet,” he says.

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Even a mild B12 deficiency can lead to poor performance and constant fatigue. For example, a woman in the United Kingdom suffered from extreme fatigue and even had trouble walking for many years until doctors diagnosed her with a “dangerously low“ Have diagnosed B12 levels.

Here are the top four reasons why healthy B12 levels are very important:

B12 is essential for red blood cells

The red blood cells that help transport oxygen around the body are only made with adequate amounts of B12. B12 plays a central role in the process of building hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells.

Vitamin B12 activates enzymes that the body later converts into hemoglobin. With a B12 deficiency, the body has too little hemoglobin and consequently too few red blood cells. This is how you can become anemic. Associated with this are symptoms such as constant tiredness, difficulty walking, memory loss, mood swings and vision problems.

The formation of DNA requires B12

B12 speeds up biological processes that create DNA and RNA. Slowing down the production of DNA can cause you to develop abnormally large red blood cells, which megaloblastic anemia called.

Die symptoms Megaloblastic anemia can affect the nervous system and manifest as tingling and numb hands and feet, balance problems, vision loss, depression and panic attacks.

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B12 keeps the nerves healthy

Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 are very important for maintaining a healthy nervous system. Through B12 the body can Myelin create a kind of protective sheath around the nerve that allows it to send electrical impulses quickly and efficiently. B12 is also important for the recovery of injured nerves. When B12 is deficient, spinal cord function is impaired, nerves are damaged, and cognitive function suffers.

B12 deficiency can lead to weaker bones

Low B12 levels often go with bone problems like osteoporosis along. Research from 2015 shows that B12 deficiency can impair bone function. However, a study involving 75,000 postmenopausal women shows that the excessive consumption of dietary supplements like vitamins the risk for hip fractureand increased.

This article was translated from English by Amin Al Magrebi. You can find the original here.

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