Vitamin B12 – Essential for the nervous system and the blood
Vitamin B12 is a substance that plays an important role in the normal functioning of the nervous system, the formation of red blood cells and in the absorption of Vitamin B9 (folate). It is also involved in the release of energy from the food we eat. Furthermore, Vitamin B12 is involved in the production of DNA. Low Vitamin B12 levels are reported in older adults, but this is usually due to physiological changes resulting in reduced absorption. You may be advised to take Vitamin B12 as a supplement to correct these low levels.
It is important to have a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Health benefits of Vitamin B12
Why is Vitamin B12 important?
- Contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and help normal energy-yielding metabolism
- Support normal functioning of the nervous system and psychological function
- Helps the normal function of the immune system
Source: European Food Safety Association
Wow! Vitamin B12 and Healthy Ageing
As we get older, reduced absorption of this vitamin can be a problem: supplementing Vitamin B12 may be necessary to keep you healthy.
Shane, B. Food and nutrition bulletin 29.2_suppl1 (2008): S5-S16.