What Vitamin-B12 is: Why Vitamin-B12 is Called Cobalamin is because Vitamin-B12 contains Cobalt. Red colour of Vitamin-B12 is due Presence of Cobalt only. It is highly essential in the body and converts food into energy. It performs following functions in The Body:
- Maintains Healthy Nerve Cells,
- Helps Production of DNA & RNA (Body’s Genetic Material),
- Works Closely with B9 (Folic Acid-Folate) to form RBC’S in The Body,
- Enables Iron to Operate in The Body,
- Works with folate to Produce S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) (A Bio-Chemical Compound in The Body which Keeps our Immune System Intact and along with many other Bio-Chemicals helps Controls Body’s Mood),
- Normal Cell Division in the Body,
- Along with B6 & B12 helps control levels of Homocysteine (An Amino Acid whose High Levels Might Be Linked to Heart Ailments).
Reasons for Shortage of Vitamin 12 or Cobalamin: Unbalanced Diet, Side effects of Medicines, Not Enough Stomach-Digestive Acid (Required for Absorption of B12 in The Body).
Vitamin Deficiency may lead to:
Fatigue, Shortness of Breath, Circulatory Mal-Functions, Abdominal Mal-Function (Diarrhoea), Nerve Disorders (Nervousness-Anxiety-Numbness/Tingling in Fingers & Toes, Nerve Damage in Severe Deficiency, Alzheimer’s, Depression)
Rich Source of Vitamin 12 or Cobalamin:
It’s requirement in The Body may only be fulfilled via Diet from Animal Sources.
Animal Sources: A2 Milk, A2 Ghee, Eggs, Fish & Organ Meats.
My View it is best to Avoid Synthetic Supplements and Only Go in For Organic Sources.
Daily Recommended Values:
Adults: Upto 3mcg/Day.