Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps to protect the body’s nervous system. Without it, the system could become damaged and you could lose the feeling in your body. Also if your body doesn’t take in enough of this vitamin your blood won’t be able to carry enough oxygen to all the systems in your body (anemia). You’ll feel tired all the time. Strict vegetarians need to be careful and talk to your doctor or a Registered Dietitian to talk about supplementing this important vitamin.

• Class of Vitamin: Water soluble (easily dissolves in water and is not stored in the body)

• What it does: part of the process that forms new cells in the body, and helps to maintain nerve cells.

• Good Sources: chicken liver, sirloin steak, cottage cheese, pork roast, sardines, tuna, Swiss cheese

• What happens if you consume too much of it: nothing has yet been reported

• How much is too much: no upper intake value has been determined yet by the DRI committee

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: anemia, smooth tongue, tingling or numbness, fatigue, memory loss, disorientation, degeneration of nerves that can turn into paralysis

• Daily Requirement Intake: Adults= 2.4 ug/day**

**ug = micrograms

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.