Vitamin B12

Youth is a state of mind as well as body, stay young with Vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the brain and nervous system functioning and also in blood cell and DNA formation. It is essential in releasing energy from the food we eat and sufficient levels of Vitamin B12 in your diet are vital to a happy and healthy life.

Vitamin B12 is not readily stored in our bodies as it is a water soluble vitamin and our bodies produce less of the proteins and enzymes needed to absorb it as we age.

Along with folic acid, Vitamin B12 is important in the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain. Low levels of these vital “happy” chemicals can lead to mood swings, depression and psychiatric problems.

B12 is also important in the production of Melatonin which is an essential hormone that regulates many other hormones and controls our sleep and waking patterns.

Benefits of Vitamin B12

  • Protects against senility
  • Boosts Serotonin in our brain, keeping us happy
  • Boosts Melatonin to help us sleep well
  • Promotes blood cell & DNA formation
  • Keeps nervous system functioning healthily

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Nerve abnormalities
  • Breathing problems
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Depression
  • Psychosis

Vegan Vitamin B12 Foods

Vitamin B12 is mainly found in animal products such as meat, milk and eggs however, it is also in some algae’s such as seaweed and is often added to fortified plant foods.

Vegans should be aware of where their vitamin B12 intake is coming from. Many modern breakfast cereals, soya products, yeast extracts and veggie burgers are fortified with Vitamin B12. And Nutritional Yeast and Marmite are both addictively good sources of B12.

Vegan Sources of Vitamin B12

  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Marmite
  • Fortified Tofu
  • Fortified Soya Milk
  • Beer

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