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Health Benefits of Using Vitamin B12

Updated on May 27, 2014

B12 And You

Vitamin B12 have a numerous amount of benefits that can help individuals in different ways. The most common benefit of B12 is its ability to boost ones energy level, and speed up your metabolism. Patients who suffer with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can make excellent use of B12 by taking the therapeutic amount. The therapeutic amount is 1000 micrograms. B12 has helped individuals feel less tired, and worn down. The most effective form is B12dots or lozenges.(sublingual under the tongue). Vitamin B12 is also available in a vegetarian form, which is the type I use for myself.

B12 And Your Nervous System

How Nutrients Partner Together

Without vitamin B12 present in your body iron is incapable of functioning at its full potential . Nutrients in our body work together in a corporate effort to keep us healthy . . For example vitamin B12 helps the body to absorb carotene, and it plays a role in vitamin A being converted .

Look at it this way nutrients work as a team in a united effort for a common goal . Take for instance how healthy red blood cells are produced. It takes vitamin B12, vitamin B6 , vitamin B2 for production of healthy looking blood cells. Vitamin B1 is vital to maintain the health of the cell.

Under a microscope doctors can see whether the shape of a blood cell is normal or abnormal. Another example where nutrients work together its energy production in maintaining a healthy nervous system. The B vitamins work in totality to ensure proper functioning of the brain, and nervous system .

Team B Working Together

Here's a breakdown in no particular order:

  • energy booster ---------------------------------------B12
  • blood pressure regulator ------------------------------B3
  • helps lowers cholesterol------- ------------------------B3
  • helps promote weight loss--------------------------- -B6, B12
  • helps body process protein ---------------------------B1
  • adds moisture to skin---------------------------------B2
  • encourage glowing skin -------------------------------B5
  • strengthen nails protects from breakage --------------B5
  • soothing and natural calming agent--------------------B6
  • energy production ------------------------------------B1, B2
  • stress fighter------------------------------------------B5
  • helps prevent Altzheimers -----------------------------B1
  • helps alleviate Crohn's disease discomfort -------------B3, B6
  • Joint disease reliever-----------------------------------B3
  • Athletes performance booster & muscle builder--------B6,B2
  • Emotional well-being and staple of nervous system----B12, B1, B6, B3, B5

Vitamin B12 - How To Know If You Are Lacking

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty speaking (stammering)
  • Slow reflexes
  • Limbs being jerky
  • Problem with memory
  • Soreness in legs or arms
  • Anemia
  • Weakness
  • Servere deficiency can lead to brain damage

Natural Sources of B12

  • Beef Liver
  • yogurt
  • organic eggs
  • fish
  • clams
  • blackstrap molasses
  • milk products
  • sardines
  • oysters
  • lamb
  • tongue (if you have the stomach for it)
  • Nuts-rich in complete b complex
  • pecans
  • brazil
  • almond
  • walnut
  • filberts

Notes Of Interest

  1. There are other b vitamins that are uncommon due to that have not been approved as authentic b vitamins, they are: B15, B17, and Bt.
  2. The effectiveness of B Complex vitamins can be reduced and/or diminished by using sulfa medications, and sleeping aids, such as sleeping pills.

 

Absorption And You

B Complex and and it's group of the B vitamins work in a joint venture like effort. The B vitamin can relieve various ailments of different degrees. Most individuals prefer to take the complex which is all inclusive of all the B vitamins.

When targeting a particular health condition individuals may choose to boost up a single dose of a B. vitamin.

Absorption is the most important factor when taking nutrients , drinking alcohol is a commonality for all the nutrients , alcohol destroys the properties in nutrients . Other than alcohol there are other things to watch out for; . in taking above average amounts of sugar interfere with the absorption of B1 and B2.

In addition antacids, and caffeine can slow down absorption in B2. just as there are substances that interfere with nutrients there are things that can deplete the body from nutrients . For niacin starches and certain types of antibiotics can deplete B3 from the body .

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    Nancy McClintock 2 years ago from Southeast USA

    Great hub

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    catmalone 3 years ago

    Very great hub! I take B12 Liquid vitamins for weight loss. B12 have a lot of other wonderful benefit. Thanks for sharing!

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    Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Rasta, thanks so much for commenting, and I appreciate the fan mail.

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    Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

    The video is great. The article is great.

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    Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

    Thanks Cathy!

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    Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

    I take a vitamin B12 spray. Instant energy :o)

    Thanks, loved your hub!

    Ms. Immortal

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    antonrosa 4 years ago from USA

    Great information here! Vitamin B17 or apricot kernels kills cancer cells.

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    Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi CCTM, I don't know if you are familiar with wheat grass, but it is excellent for cleansing the body. The juice has an awful taste, but its good stuff.

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    CCTM 4 years ago

    Thanx..

    I'm definitely going to buy some this weekend...

    What's good to take for cleansing your body??

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    Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi CCTM I take a soft gel multi-vitamin. I highly recommend taking B12 and fish oil which is your Omega 3's which is great for your heart health.

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    CCTM 4 years ago

    I've never really took vitamins besides when I was pregnant.

    I'm new to this, I mean I know I should be taken them, but I have NO IDEA which ones to take.

    I was told to take B12 and Fish Oil, I would love to know what I should be taking, please let me know =)

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    Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

    Thanks guys for taking the time to leave a comment.

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    gavelect 5 years ago from Glasgow

    Great hub and great list of food sources containing vitamin B. I noticed I do not eat a lot of vitimin B. Not much at all. I think I will try the supplements to see if it gives me a boost in the morning.

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Kethyjewel, I think I forgot honey to. Honey is a natural source for energy however, I have don't think its supply vitamin b12.

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    Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California

    I find a moderate dose of B12 in my diet after exercise helps to rejuvenate muscle stamina in between workouts.

    Nice little energy boost as well.

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    Belle 6 years ago

    Does anyone know where we can we purchase the B12 melts for under the tongue...or is this prescription only? What is the recommended dosage for weight loss? Is it better to take both B6 & B12 together to promote weight loss?

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    Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Marvelous hub! This is great information. I take a vit B12 that melts under the tongue. I haven't noticed a big difference in energy levels yet. I also skip a day now and then. :-) Thanks for your research and well written article. Up and awesome!

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Amanda, Thank you for asking, according to the Nutrition Almanac the recommended daily dosage according to some clinicians suggest at least 100 micrograms. In my suggestion of the 1000 amount it is referring to individuals with specific related physical challegnes. Of course one should consult with their physician before starting a change in dietary supplements.

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    amanda allen 6 years ago

    i am confused a bit. your article states:

    "The therapeutic amount is 1000 milligrams"

    this is the equivalent of taking an 100 entire bottles of over the counter b12 dietary supplement (most are 100 mcg) and well over 1000 times the usda suggested amount. in one dose. is the dosage you listed correct?

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    KLeichester 6 years ago

    Thanks for this post. It's a nice read.

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi bloodpressurecure, Thank you for leaving such encouraging comment on the hub it is much appreciated!

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    bloodpressurcure 6 years ago from Austin

    I have to say I been browsing all the health hub but yours really stands out and you did your homework, your information is very informative and true to your word as i am a b12 user and researcher and find the benefits of b12 to be outstanding. Keep up the Good Work and Will be back to read more!

    Bobby Beaulieu

    http://www.best-natural-health-cures.com

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi CalgaryGuy! I appreciate the offer, that is very generous of you.

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    David Watson 6 years ago from Canada

    This is a great article!

    I would like to publish on my website, with full credit to you as the author of course.

    If you're interested, let me know and I'll send you the link once it's up.

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    your welcome medicine library!

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    @Bette thank u!

    @lindaadams Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on B12 vitamins.

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    lindaadams37 6 years ago

    This is really nice hub to get a brief up about vitamins. We hardly stress on one particular as B12. But it is always good to stay informed.

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    BetteMachete 6 years ago

    very informative

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    @Cathy, You mention taking b12 every 3 weeks, I would suggest your asking the Dr. who is giving you the shots. It is always the best ideal to go over your numbers with your Dr.

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    CATHY 6 years ago

    I take b12 shots every 3 wks. Is there a blood count for lack of b12? I think my Dr. said my count is 145. Would this be right?

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Trevor Thanks for taking time to read and comment. I agree with you I have never heard of gaining weight from taking B12.

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    Trevor Paul 6 years ago

    Nice info I take B12 occasionally. and to answer Stephanie's question I Have never gained weight from it!

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    Stephanie 6 years ago

    Does B12 make u gain weight

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    Matt 6 years ago

    would i get sufficient supply of vitamin b complex if I take spirulina everyday?

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    You are welcome bujju!

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    bujju 6 years ago

    thank u so much for the information.

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    @ceholmes You are welcome!

    @revitawellness Thank you for taking the time to read the article!

    @2besure I use B Complex as well and I appreciate you!

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    Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I use B Complex and find it very helpful for my overall health.

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    revitawellness 6 years ago from Mecklenburg

    Another good article with good subject.

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    ceholmes 6 years ago from Chicago

    thank you for supplying the list of foods high in B12. This works and I will invest in some of those items esp. the organic eggs!

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    Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Goldie, Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. What about the B12 dots-have you asked your doctor if you could try those?

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    Very well done. I was advised by my doctor, there is no side effect for too much B12. He recommended injections to make sure it gets into my blood stream. I hate injections. Very helpful Hub.

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    Grammy 7 years ago

    Hello I am new at this. your article was very informative. However I would like to know if you can get too much of B12. Does the body store it forever or is it used up? Thanks for your time.

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    Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi VitamineCentral,

    Interesting fact about B12 helping male infertility, thanks for stopping by.

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    VitamineCentral 7 years ago

    Good subject and B12 is also a mood booster,slowing aging and helps with male infertility.

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    Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Judy that is an interesting fact I could image the taste being bitter as you described here. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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    Judy 7 years ago

    B17 or crunching on the bitter apricot kernal is supposed to be excellent for cancer, although they are not pleasant to taste - very bitter and look a little like a round almond nut but they are harder

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    Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

    Thank you healthgoji for takng the time to give this hub a read!

    Adrienne

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    healthgoji 7 years ago

    Very good info - Vitamin B12 is great for increased energy.

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    Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Mr. Nice,

    Thank you for your comment and info on vitamin B17.

    You mentioned not everyone needs vitamins, I take it

    you mean those individuals who receive their vitamins

    by fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Adrienne

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    Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

    Hi adrienne2,

    Great info about vitamins but remember not everyone needs vitamins & there use can be toxic too.

    vitamin B17 or apricot kernels use is not widely recognized because apricot kernels has Cyanide. Too much of apricot kernels can have toxic affect on health.

    Detailed info about apricot kernels....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot_kernel

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    Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi David, Thank you for the comment. So glad you found this hub full of great information.

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    MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

    Most American get enough because they eat meat. It's important to note there are 2 kinds of B12 supplements: The cheaper and less absorbable "Cyanocobalamin" which is interestingly enough bound to a cyanide molecule (The cyanide is added to the molecule by activated charcoal columns in purification). Crazy eh? Cyanide? And "Methylcobalamin". Most people have no idea there are different forms of B12

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    Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Boungie, yeah it is all in the absorption, when I first started taking supplements, and vitamins years ago I just took them thinking I did my job now vitamins do yours. HA! Then I learned about absorption, if they are not absorbed properly it's just as if you never took it.

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    boungie 7 years ago

    Nice article!  I've become a big fan of vitamins too these days and learned that vitamins become even been when they're combined with other vitamins and minerals.  There really seems to be a synergetic effect and I've felt the health benefits. 

    thanks for the info.  You're right, absorption is so important and it's crazy to realize that a lot of vitamins just aren't absorbed that well by the body. 

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    Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

    Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the series.

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    gkideas 7 years ago from Southern California

    Nice series - I'd like to feature it in a blog listing I'm doing. I'll send you an email.

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    Adrienne F Manson 8 years ago from Atlanta

    apricot kernels?? never heard of this.

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    Big Sky 8 years ago from USA

    Nicely done. Have you looked into B17 or apricot kernels?

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