Vitamin B12


Body System Functions and Health Benefits:
  • Allows nerve cells to develop properly.
  • Involvement in homocysteine conversion may reduce risk of osteoporosis.
  • Supports production of red blood cells and prevents anemia.
  • Helps cells metabolize protein, carbohydrate, and fat.
  • Low levels of vitamin B12 are associated with high levels of homocysteine--a risk factor for heart disease.
Diseases/Conditions Helped Prevented or Treated by Vitamin B12:
  • Alcoholism
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Fatigue
  • Heart Disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
Symptoms potentially associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency:
  • Dandruff
  • Nervousness
  • Decreased blood clotting
  • Numbness/Tingling in feet
  • Decreased reflexes
  • Paleness
  • Depression
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore tongue
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weakness
  • Memory problems
  • Weak pulse
  • Menstrual problems


Food Sources:
Calf liver, Snapper, Venison, Shrimp, Scallops, Chinook Salmon Fillet, Beef Tenderloin, Lamb, Halibut, Yogurt, Low Fat Milk, Fortified Cereals, and Eggs.




References:

Margen, Sheldon. Wellness Foods A to Z. Ed. Kate Slate. New York: Health Letter Associates, 2002.

Mindell, Earl. Vitamin Bible. New York: Warner Books, 1979.

World's Healthiest Foods, The. www.whfoods.com.




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