Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep your body's blood and nerve cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all your cells. It's found naturally in animal products but also added to certain foods and available as an oral supplement or injection.
Benefits of Vitamin B12:
Who Is at Risk of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
An estimated 6% of people in the US and the UK aged 60 or older have a vitamin B12 deficiency, while about 20% have low to normal or borderline deficient levels.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can occur in one of two ways. Either your diet lacks adequate amounts, or your body cannot fully absorb it from the food you eat.
Those at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency include:
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
If you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, you could become anemic. A mild lack may cause no symptoms. But if untreated, it may lead to symptoms such as:
The Bottom Line - Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin you must obtain through diet or supplements.
It's responsible for many bodily functions and may benefit your health in various ways, such as preventing significant congenital disabilities, supporting bone health, improving mood, and maintaining healthy skin and hair.
Getting enough vitamin B12 through your diet is crucial. However, if you struggle to obtain enough or have a condition that affects absorption, supplements are a simple way to increase your B12 intake.
We offer many supplements with B12, or you might consider B12 injections.