Back to Basics- All About Vitamin B12

 What is Vitamin B12?

The two main forms of vitamin B12 are cyanocobalamin or hydroxycobalamin. It is stored in the liver and functional stores can last for up to three years. It is involved as a co-factor in the transfer of methyl groups, an essential process in the synthesis of DNA. It is also involved in carbohydrate metabolism.

How do we get it?

We can get a good amount of this vitamin from the following sources:

  • Liver
  • Fish: Sardines, herring, salmon, tuna, halibut
  • Beef
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk

Why is it good for our Health?

Vitamin B12 helps with the following:

  • Prevention of pernicious anemia
  • Reduction of wheezing in asthmatic children
  • Reduction of sulfite sensitivity asthma
  • Anemia
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Neuropathies and neuralgias
  • Allergies
  • Acne
  • Depression

How do we know if we are deficient in it?

Signs of deficiency can include:

  • Progressive peripheral neuropathy
  • Pronounced anemia
  • Swollen, red tongue

Source: The Nutritional Therapy Association