Written by Dr Asa Andrew
It is quite easy in our daily routine to develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to our standard American diet and lack of proper food choices. We are all on the go and sometimes it becomes more difficult. Vitamin B-12 plays an essential role in our having optimal health. There are certain lifestyle categories that are prone to having severe Vitamin B-12 deficiencies. Those that are potentially set up for this are strict vegetarians, pregnant and breastfeeding women, heavy drinkers, smokers, and the elderly over age 70. Due to certain reasons, our digestive system gets to a place sometimes where it can’t digest, absorb, and assimilate Vitamin B-12 very well. Conditions such as parasites, Crohn’s disease, poor bacterial growth, and even pernicious anemia can be the root causes.
Some of the symptoms of a Vitamin B-12 deficiency are:
Listen, these are just some of the symptoms. You can typically get all the Vitamin B-12 from your foods such as: liver, meat, whole eggs, milk, cheese, and fish.
Vitamin B-12 is essential for our overall health in so many ways. There are 3 main versions of B-12 that when asked, can be taken as a supplement. Cyanocobalamin, Methylcobalamin, and Adenosylcobalamin. Different people need different versions of the Vitamin B-12 for proper absorption. You can get tested by a doctor knowing which Vitamin B-12 is best for your body type. We usually can get much of what we need from foods, however, the quality of our foods are not as strong as in previous years. Nutritional supplementation may be necessary for empowering your health.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons We need B-12
1.Helps to convert carbohydrates into glucose to be used for energy in the body.
2.It is vital for healthy skin, hair, and nails
3.Protects against cancers such as prostate, breast, colon, and lung.
4.Helps to maintain a thriving digestive system and protects against heart disease.
5.Helps keep a healthy nervous system to ward off depression, stress, and brain shrinkage.
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Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, Dr. Asa (@DrAsa) is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.