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Healthy Benefits of Vitamin B12

Updated on June 18, 2013

Like so many people today, we often wonder why it is that we're so restless and plagued with fatigue. Maybe it's that we're overworked or maybe it's because we haven't had enough sleep? Or, maybe it's because we're missing a very important vitamin from our daily routine. Here's where Vitamin B12 comes in. Vitamin B12 is necessary for many important functions of the human body. One of its main functions is to keep your red blood cells and nerve cells functioning and healthy. A deficiency of this very important vitamin can cause anemia, fatigue, constipation, weakness, depression, and poor memory just to name a few. So what are some more benefits of this very important vitamin you ask? Let's discuss a few.

It Gives You Energy

Taking vitamin B12 daily helps your body turn carbohydrates into glucose which in return gives you more energy. This decreases fatigue and restlessness. Who wouldn't want their carbs turned into energy, right?

Healthy Hair, Nails, and Skin

Vitamin B12 is necessary for the proper care of healthy hair, nails, and skin. It assists with cell reproduction which in turn gives a constant renewal of healthy hair, nails, and skin. The next time you're wondering why your hair or nails aren't growing like they should be and your skin isn't looking as healthy as it should be, maybe you should consider taking vitamin B12. (Of course after you have ruled out any major problems) You can also eat foods rich in vitamin B12. (We'll name some of those foods later on in the article)

It Helps in the Fight Against Cancers

Vitamin B12 also helps us to protect ourselves against certain cancers. Although it does not protect us 100%, it does play a major role in helping us to prevent Colon, Breast, Lung, and Prostrate Cancer just to name a few.

It Helps to Regulate Our Nervous System

Vitamin B12 helps us with the healthy regulation of our nervous system. Taking Vitamin B12 helps us to reduce stress and depression giving us a more balanced lifestyle.

It Protects us Against Heart Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death each year for both men and women combined. One in four people will die from complications of heart disease every year. Taking Vitamin B12 daily helps to reduce cholesterol levels which in turn protects again stroke and high blood pressure.

Food Rich in Vitamin B12

  1. Liver
  2. Fish
  3. Crabs and Lobster
  4. Beef
  5. Lamb
  6. Cheese
  7. Eggs
  8. Clams, Oysters, and Mussels
  9. Veal
  10. Duck
  11. Goose
  12. Turkey
  13. Eggplant
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Artichokes
  16. Okra
  17. Peas
  18. Brussels Sprouts
  19. Cabbage
  20. Peppers

Have you had your Vitamin B12 today?

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks Nell! A reminder always helps doesn't it. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Really interesting hub about Vit B12, yes it is so important, and I do try to take as many vitamins as I can, but like others I do forget sometimes, thanks for the great reminder, cheers nell

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks CrazedNovelist! I tried to keep it short because I know when I read an article if its too much unnecessary information I get bored and stop reading. Glad you liked it. :)

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Great job on this article, short and sweet. Gotta get those vitamins lol. :)

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks Trinity M for sharing your story and thanks for the vote up.

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      Trinity M 5 years ago

      Great hub Mommiegee. I’m a big fan of vitamins in general and Vit. B12 in particular. My father-in-law was a diabetes sufferer before he passed away and suffered greatly from restless legs syndrome. Vit. B12 helped him tremendously in reducing the symptoms and he was able to live more comfortably. Voted up and useful.

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks ChloeHibb. The whole time I was writing I was making meal ideas in my head. Great minds think alike. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the vote up.

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks carter06. It is really an amazing vitamin and thanks so much for sharing.

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you so much Helen. I take my vitamin B12 everyday and it makes a big difference in my energy levels. Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is such an amazing vitamin that enough can't be said about it! thanks for bringing it to our attention in your well written hub... voted up interesting & shared...cheers

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      mommiegee,

      your article has a lot of very helpful information about vitamin B12. I think that is in my multivitamin-mineral supplement.

      Good job, thank you.

      Helen