A vitamin B12 test measures the amount of vitamin B12 in the blood. The body needs this B vitamin to make blood cells and to maintain a healthy nervous system.
Vitamin B12 is found in animal products such as meat, shellfish, milk, cheese, and eggs. Most people who eat animal products are not likely to develop vitamin B12 deficiency anemia unless their bodies cannot absorb it from food. Strict vegetarians (vegans) who do not eat animal products and babies of mothers who are strict vegetarians are at increased risk for developing anemia and should take a supplement containing vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver for a year or more, which reduces a person's risk of anemia.
Vitamin B12 is usually measured at the same time as a folic acid test, because a lack of either one can lead to a form of anemia called megaloblastic anemia. Lack of vitamin B12 also affects the nervous system.
Deficiency At the time of deficiency, the body starts absorbing Vitamin B12 from the intestine in the presence of calcium rather than the diet. Small amounts of VitaminB12, are stored in the body for emergency purpose but a complete exhaustion of the Vitamin, can lead to dangerous health conditions. Chronic Amenia and blood clotting are some of the major outcomes of prolonged Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Sources Of Vitamin B12 To make sure your body gets an adequate amount of Vitamin B12 everyday, it is very important to intake food rich in Vitamin B12. The main sources of Vitamin B12 are meat, dairy product, eggs, soya products, green vegetables etc. Here is a diet to maintain your Vitamin B12 levels - 1.Breakfast – One boiled egg, a glass of milk (skimmed) with cornflakes or two slices of bread with cheese or butter. 2.Lunch – A bowl of rice with a bowl of dal. Keep a bowl of curd with sprouts as a side dish. Team your meal with cooked leafy vegetables. If you are a non-vegetarian you can also include chicken stew. 3.Dinner – A bowl chicken or vegetable stew, bread with butter and a glass of milk. If you are consuming rice then make sire you team it with paneer or tofu.
Vitamin B12 Benefits You Can Experience 1. Vitamin B12 Regenerates Another Important B Vitamin Called, "Folic Acid" Without B12, Folic Acid Becomes Trapped in Your Body in a Metabolically Useless Form. 2. Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid Support Synthesis and Metabolism of Proteins and DNA Biosynthesis.Vitamin B12 Interveigns into These Essential Life Processes at Several Key Steps. 3. Healthy Red Blood Cells Depend on Vitamin B12 Driven Synthesis of DNA. Without B12, DNA Synthesis Shuts Down, Causing Megaloblastic Anemia. Symptoms Include Fatigue, Lack of Energy, Diarrhea, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Weak Muscles, Headaches, Tingling Sensations and Sore Tongue. 4. Vitamin B12 Supports Synthesis of the Amino Acid "Methionine" Methionine is a Crucial Building Block of Proteins 5. Vitamin B12 Supports Synthesis of Another Amino Acid Called "SAM-e" SAM-e is Required for Over 100 Enzymatic Reactions Required for Normal Metabolic Activity Within Your Body 6. Vitamin B12 Promotes Activity of Hormones and Neurotransmitters Affecting Your Mood These Include Dopamine, Serotonin and Melatonin 7. Vitamin B12 Helps Reduce Dangerous Levels of"Homocysteine" Homocysteine is Toxic Amino Acid (Protein) Associated with Significant Cardiovascular Risk 8. Vitamin B12 Benefits Help Prevent Irreversible Neurological Impairment Peripheral and Central Nervous System Deterioration due to vitamin B12 deficiency has been Linked to Onset of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
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