Get to know Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is an important Vitamin needed for nerve tissue health, brain function and red blood cell production. Vitamin B12 like all other Vitamin B is water soluble. Any excess Vitamin B-12 is discharged from the body in urine and hence is not toxic. Vitamin B12 is found mainly in animal products and milk products. A healthy and balanced diet goes a long way in ensuring the body is not Vitamin deficient. Lack of Vitamin B12 can entail into neurological and brain disorder. Depression, Tiredness, Loss of Memory, Numbness, Weight Loss are few symptoms of insufficient B12. Insufficiency of B12 can cause anaemia too. Symptoms of B12 deficiency can take a long time to show up and diagnosing it can be complex. Elderly people, Vegetarians and people with conditions that hinder/slow the absorption of the nutrients are more prone to have Vitamin B12 deficiency. It is important to find the level of vitamin-B12 in the body. If lesser than the desired level, proper supplements can be taken. There is a simple blood test to measure the level of VitaminB12 in the body. The test can be done at the comfort of one’s home at one’s convenient time.
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