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					What is Vitamin b12?
What is vitamin b12? Of what importance is it to you? First of all let's
look at the symptoms that could announce the possible deficiency of
vitamin b12. It is better to educate ourselves from this angle. Because
just knowing what vitamin b12 is might not really make an impact on us
unless we know what will happen if we don't have it or are deficient in
it.
So what are the things we notice about ourselves that should make us to
sit up and think vitamin b12? Difficulty in breathing, irritated red
tongue, dizziness, low taste, poor touch senses.
Also, when you are anemic for one. This is so because vitamin b12 helps
in blood formation and tissue growth. So when you are diagnosed anemic
think vitamin b12 as a possible cause.
Also, in old people, neurological disorders could be as result of
deficiency in vitamin b12 because a gradual reduction in the
effectiveness of nerve fibers can occur.
If you are diabetic you could also be deficient in vitamin b12. Other
diseases that relate to deficiency in vitamin b12 are fibromyalgia,
chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular diseases.
However, if you really want to know if you are deficient, do a blood
test. The diseases mentioned above are very serious indeed so there
should be no guessing. See your doctor for a thorough check up so the
deficiency or lack of it can be determined.
Now, vitamin b12, though included in the b vitamin family is actually
more like ion. It has cobalt in it and so it is also known as cobalamin.
Absorption of vitamin b12 is done in the small intestine. So lack of it
could be as a result of very low absorption rate.
The common source of vitamin b12 is in meat, eggs and diary products.
Boiling milk can destroy the presence of b12. What about plant sources –
fermented soya products, algae, seaweeds are places that contain vitamin
b12 after some considerable research. However, these are not reliable
sources according to studies carried out.
Other good sources for b12 are;
1. vitamin b12 supplements

2. fortified cereals

3. soy milk b12 fortified

4. meat analogues fortified

Our bodies, in reality, expel (in the form of excretion) more b12 than we
consume in a day, courtesy of the friendly bacteria in our guts, and the
fact that there is only a small region of the small intestine where B12
is actually absorbed.
Deficiency in vitamin b12 can be combated by taking balanced diet and
foods rich in vitamin b12.
Jafaru Ibrahim has written many articles on health matters such as this
on vitamin b12 and some others can be found at
http://www.vitaminswell.com

				
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