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What’s the Deal with B-12?

Updated on June 21, 2010

All you have to do is look around at any convenience store to see that energy drinks and quick-boost drink shots are all the rage right now. Besides caffeine, a common ingredient in most of these, you will also find the vitamin B-12. If you go to any health food store, you will also find tons of products that contain B-12 and that claim a boost in energy and focus. So what is B-12, and does it really give you more energy or does it just make you feel like you have more energy?

B-12 is one of the eight B vitamins. It is water-soluble and also known as cobalamin, because it contain cobalt. It helps in the formation of both red and white blood cells and is responsible for sustaining normal brain and nerve function. B-12 affects your ability to synthesize DNA. It also plays a key role in the body’s metabolism of foods into energy. B-12 has been shown to help with eye and skin disorders as well as providing cardiovascular aid and can actually help with cholesterol problems. So, we can easily deduce that a lack of B-12 will definitely cause you to not produce enough energy and can obviously cause many health issues, but does a shot of B-12 create extra energy?

Well, the short answer is yes. Even if you do not have a deficiency of B-12, extra B-12 in moderation can improve both your energy level and overall mood. That is correct; B-12 can help you fight off depression! Since depression is quite often linked to a lack of energy, improving your mood also helps increase your feeling of having energy. However, if you are feeling down or feel that you have a lack of energy, do not start taking as much B-12 as you can. Extreme levels of any vitamin or mineral can have very strong negative effects. Talk to your doctor before changing your daily vitamin regiment, and understand that your body needs a certain balance of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. If you do have a deficiency of B-12, then it is going to instantly give you more energy and improve your mood as well as greatly improve your body’s normal functioning.

If you do not want to take B-12 as a supplement or as a shot, B-12 is naturally found in a number of different foods. It is primarily found in meats and fish. Vegetarians do often suffer from B-12 deficiencies, but they can usually get enough B-12 from dairy products or from dietary supplements. There are plenty of websites that can help you find other natural ways to improve your health.

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