I can’t be the only one that’s noticed people chatting about getting B-12 shots. I’ve seen many types of supplements being advertised all around. This made me wonder: Are B-12 supplements necessary? There has to be a more natural and cheaper way to intake B-12 through our diets.
What is B-12?
First, let’s talk about what B-12 is. B-12, or cobalamin, is active within the body in two forms called methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin. These coenzymes are involved in the metabolism of all the cells in our bodies. B-12 aids in the healthy function of our nervous system and DNA synthesis. Cobalamin also plays a role in the maturation of red blood cells. B-12 is the largest of the eight B vitamins.
Where is B-12 found?
B-12 can naturally be found in certain foods. These foods are mainly meat and dairy products. For example, one whole egg naturally contains 0.6 mcg of B-12. For those eating a plant-based diet, B-12 is commonly added to some food. A cup of almond milk can be fortified with about 1.1 mcg of B-12. The average adult needs about 2.4 mcg of B-12 a day. Women that are pregnant or nursing should add 0.4 mcg. It appears to be pretty easy to get the necessary amount of B-12 per day through our diets. No supplements needed.
Benefits of B-12
B-12 helps to protect against neurodegenerative diseases and memory loss. It is also known to fight fatigue. Due to B-12’s role in cell reproduction, it keeps our hair, skin, and nails healthy. B-12 can improve gut health by helping to provide a balanced environment for good bacteria.
Signs of B-12 Deficiency
- Memory loss
- Muscle Weakness
- Poor Digestion/Gut Health