B-12 VITAMINS and Your Brain

 The Best B

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A recent study linking B-12 deficiency in the brain to aging, autism and schizophrenia, has everyone wondering if they’re getting enough.

Here are some major points about B-12 and why you want to be sure you have this bad (and by bad, we mean good) B in your life:

Boosts Energy Levels - Low energy could be a sign that there is a lack of B-12 in the body. Combined with other B vitamins, B-12 is known for it’s ability to help you feel alert and energized. That’s why it’s included in the ingredients of some energy drinks(but getting vitamins and minerals through foods that contain it, is always suggested!).

Great for Brain Health - ‘B’ should be for Brain, because vitamin B-12 benefits it in so many ways. In addition to it’s noted abilities in helping with aging, autism, and schizophrenia, vitamin B-12 is also used to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s. Also warding off what is known as “brain shrinkage” which can lead to conditions like dementia when you’re older.

Supports the Digestive System - Constipation and a sluggish digestive system can be a sign you’re not getting enough vitamin B-12. Since backed up digestion can lead to general toxicity in the body, you want to make sure you keep the fluids flowing. Foods that are nutrient dense and also high and fiber are also important in conjunction with this mighty B.

Promotes Healthy Skin,Hair, and Nails - I’m sure you’ve seen your shampoos and creams fortified with B-12. It’s because of all the great benefits this vitamin provides to skin, hair and nails. B vitamins as a whole assist with skin cell healing, so make sure they’re in your life if you want to say goodbye to acne and other skin blemishes, and give your hair and nails that healthy glow.

Heart Health - Linked to keeping cholesterol levels low, regulating blood pressure, and assisting with keeping those arteries clear for stroke prevention. B-12 is a huge player in the realm of heart health.

A MUST have for Vegans or Vegetarians — Love all my non-meat eaters, but if you’ve decided to part from the holy swine I suggest that you look into alternative sources for B-12, as it is critical for the health of the brain and nervous system, and primarily found in animal products. Look for foods fortified with B-12 or consider supplementation. Do your research! A deficiency can cause all sorts of adverse effects on brain function.

Ashley, How do I get my B-12 fix?

You’ve just seen how getting the proper amount of B vitamins is an essential part of your overall health, and Vitamin B-12 is one that has particular benefits to multiple systems in your body.

My suggestion is trying as best you can to obtain your vitamins and minerals through food. This makes for easier assimilation into the body and a stronger guarantee those nutrients are being absorbed. B-12 can be naturally found in animal products, such as meat, dairy, yogurt, eggs, cheese, etc.

Beloved vegans, look for B-12 fortified foods, and do consider supplements if you’re unsure if you’re getting a sufficient amount. B-12 can be purchased at your local grocer, and in larger more direct dosage through B-12 injections.

Always consult a doctor if you believe this maybe a real health issue as B-12 deficiency can lead to more serious illness. Here’s to your health!

Disclaimer:
This information is intended to motivate and encourage readers to make healthy decisions and if needed, consult with a qualified health care professional. Information contained is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. All decisions for your medical health should be made with approval of your health care provider. Therefore, please read and use the information that you derive from it appropriately and at your own risk.

Ashley Greenfield