The Health Benefits of Vitamin B12

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Did you know that approximately 39% of adults between 26 – 83 years old have plasma vitamin B12 levels in the low to normal range? And approximately 56% of middle-aged men are found to be deficient in vitamin B12? There are two further nutrients that are considered to boost and promote the activity of vitamin B12 effectiveness. The first is Vitamin C and studies have found that serum ascorbic acid level was associated with higher serum vitamin B12 levels among women. Based on research, Vitamin E is considered essential for the conversion of vitamin B12 to its most active form. The suggestion would be that 10mg of vitamin C and around 5mg of vitamin E would prove most satisfactory.

Vitamin B12 is an excellent vitamin for symptoms related to stress such as anxiety, depression, nervous exhaustion, fatigue and insomnia. It is also very helpful for premenstrual symptoms and promotes good skin health.

Why Do We Need Vitamin B12?

The average healthy human adult has a total of 3,000 – 5,000 micrograms of vitamin B12 stored in their liver. Vitamin B12 is considered as totally non-toxic as (unlike other “B” group vitamins) excess vitamin B12 is stored in the liver for future use and if liver reserves are full, excess vitamin B12 is excreted from the body. Excretion of vitamin B12 occurs mainly via the bile. Vitamin B12 is important for the manufacturing of red blood cells and a deficiency in B12 will lead to a kind of anaemia. We need vitamin B12 to support the function of nerve cells and to produce myelin which is the insulating matter which surrounds nerve cells and drives neural transmission. Without vitamin B12, these vital functions will not be performing to optimum levels.

Health Benefits and Vitamin B12 Dosage

B vitamins may aid anxiety, depression and stress. The nutrients in B vitamins can also help the memory, combat toxins, reduce risk of heart disease & support premenstrual symptoms. The vital nutrients in vitamin B can boost the body’s natural energy alongside the immune system & help with insomnia.

  • ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – A daily dosage of 3,000 – 4,000 micrograms (3 – 4 mg) of the chemical form of vitamin B12 is recommended for Alzheimer’s disease patients
  • CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES – A daily dosage of 400 – 2,000 micrograms (0.4 – 2 mg) of vitamin B12 helps to lower dangerously high homocysteine levels in people with cardiovascular diseases
  • ANXIETY & DEPRESSION – A daily dosage of 200 micrograms (0.2 mg) is recommended for people afflicted with anxiety (when using the Dibencozide form of Vitamin B12)
  • SLEEP DISORDERS – A daily dosage of 3,000 micrograms (3 mg) of vitamin B12 is recommended for people afflicted with sleep disorders
  • MALE INFERTILITY – A daily dosage of 1,000 – 6,000 micrograms (1 – 6 mg) of vitamin B12 has been shown to increase sperm counts in male infertility patients in various clinical trials

Note – Contraindications for supplementing vitamin B12 regarding musculoskeletal ailments should be noted that gout patients should use vitamin B12 with caution and medical advice.

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Article Date: 11/08/2017

Disclaimer: The information in this document is not intended to replace orthodox medical treatment. The information offered in this document is offered as additional complimentary information.

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