Supplements are all the rage it seems. With the health of the individual seeming to take importance more and more everyday (as it should), the health and fitness world is rapidly expanding, and vitamins and health supplements are very much along for the ride. One of the biggest sellers in the supplement world among both men and women is that of B12.
Lets take a look at just what B12 does, and why it has become one of the most consumed supplements on the market today.
B12 has been marketed as a vitamin that is essential to helping your body as a cure-all. Everything from low energy and digestion issues to dementia, all from a tiny pill taken every single day. Some popular juice bars even offer a shot of B12 in their drinks to give it that added extra boost for immunity health. B12 is actually one of the very few vitamins that most people are deficient in, so these supplements are a great way to balance out and get the recommended dosage on a daily basis. A recent study found that at least 40 percent of US adults are deficient in B12.
What does it do?
B vitamins naturally help your body convert food into usable energy, which fuels us in our every day lives. B12 also plays a big role in cell metabolism, the production of red blood cells, and the sufficient up-keep of the central nervous system. B12 is often prescribed and made mandatory in those who experience depression, fatigue and low blood sugar. The vitamin has also been directly linked to the overall health of the brain and the heart.
B12 in your diet
Supplements should always come after sufficient intake of a vitman through the food in which you eat. Foods that are high in B12 are things like beef, oysters, salmon, and eggs. Because there are no vegetraian or vegan foods rich in B12, the majority of those taking supplements of B12 are the ones who lack these B12 rich foods in their diets naturally through food.
There are two kinds of B12 supplements, and knowing the difference between the two is very important. Cyanocobalamin and methylcobalami, with the majority of pills made with the former, this is because it is a cheaper form of the vitamin. However, cheaper doesnt mean better, the Methylcobalami version is better absorbed into the body for better and faster health effects.
Shots or IV drips of B12 bypass th digestive system and work their way directly into the blood stream for a much more direct effect. However, the availability of these shots or IV’s is not as easy as the pill form.
If you think you may be sufficiently low on B12 in your diet, seeking attention from a healthcare professional is much advised. Symptoms such as low energy, fatige and weakness of the body are tell tale signs of low B12.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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