Vitamin B12 is one of eight B vitamins that have a vital role in keeping our bodies in tip-top condition. B12 is arguably the most important; from fighting fatigue and keeping our bodies' nerve and blood cells healthy to producing DNA. Your body doesn't make Vitamin B12, so it's important to get it from a balanced diet. Beef, pork, eggs, milk, cheese and fish are all good sources of B12.

If you're vegetarian or vegan, it may be that you aren't able to get enough B12 as you are excluding those food groups. B12 can be found in some breakfast cereals and nutritional yeasts and in supplements.

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Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in helping your body produce red blood cells. Low vitamin B12 levels cause a reduction in red blood cell formation and prevent them from developing properly. Healthy red blood cells are small and round, whereas they become larger and typically oval in cases of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Due to this larger and irregular shape, the red blood cells are unable to move from the bone marrow into the bloodstream at an appropriate rate, causing megaloblastic anemia. When you're anemic, your body doesn't have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to your vital organs. This can cause symptoms like fatigue and weakness.

One of the most common early signs of vitamin B12 deficiency is fatigue or lack of energy. Vitamin B12 supplements have long been touted as the go-to product for a surge of energy. All B vitamins play an important role in your body's energy production, though they don't necessarily provide energy themselves.

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Healthy memory function:

Vitamin B12 deficiency has been associated with memory loss, especially in older adults. The vitamin may play a role in preventing brain atrophy, which is the loss of neurons in the brain and often associated with memory loss or dementia. One study in people with early-stage dementia showed that a combination of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acid supplements slowed mental decline. Another study found that even vitamin B12 levels on the low side of normal can contribute to poor memory performance. As a result, supplementing with this vitamin may improve memory, even in the absence of a clinically diagnosed deficiency. More research is needed to make sound conclusions on the effect of vitamin B12 supplements on memory and cognitive function.

Heart health:

High blood levels of the common amino acid homocysteine have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. If you're significantly deficient in vitamin B12, your homocysteine levels become elevated. Studies have shown that vitamin B12 helps decrease homocysteine levels, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.

PROCEDURE TIME

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COMFORT LEVEL

A small baby pinch at the injection point. Little to no discomfort.

RESULTS

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