Vitamins play a large role in our health and well-being and are often used to treat common health concerns such as fatigue, immune system functioning, and even bone health. One vitamin deficiency that is often overlooked by those wanting to improve their health is vitamin B12. This vitamin is certainly not one that you will want to miss out from your health routine, and we will tell you why.
What Is Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 sometimes referred to as ‘folate’, is part of the B complex vitamins which helps to keep your body’s nerves and blood cells healthy. A vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to your body produce abnormally large red blood cells that cannot function properly and eventually result in the development of anaemia.
The majority of the required vitamin B12 is taken from a healthy and balanced diet including meat, fish, milk, cheese and eggs; they are particularly rich in this nutrient. If your diet does not provide you with enough vitamin B12, you may experience a deficiency. In that case, you should try to supplement the nutrient until you reach normal levels.
What Are the Benefits of Vitamin B12?
The main benefits of maintaining adequate vitamin B12 levels in the body are healthy nerve and blood cell functioning, which will prevent you from developing anaemia. Anaemia comes with a range of health problems including:
- Irregular heartbeats
- Chest pain
Preventing the development of anaemia will keep you feeling healthy and happy.
Benefits of Vitamin B12 for hair
The benefits of Vitamin B12 aren’t limited to the prevention of anaemia only. Vitamin B12 also promotes healthy hair growth by encouraging your body to produce oxygen-rich blood cells, which feed the hair follicle with nutrients necessary for hair growth.
If you have a Vitamin B12 deficiency, these hair follicles will not get the nutrients that they need to stay alive and eventually they may die. This could result in unhealthy hair and the worst-case scenario being hair loss. Restoring your B12 levels back to normal will eventually help the hair follicles to regrow and could help reduce hair loss.
Benefits of Vitamin B12 for skin
Just like hair follicles, skin cells need their share of nutrients to stay healthy. Vitamin B12 helps with the growth of new cells which is vital for healthy glowing skin. Skin cells are constantly shedding and replacing themselves with newly formed cells. If due to a B12 deficiency your body cannot produce enough skin cells, your skin will suffer the consequences of becoming dry, tired and prone to acne. Increasing your vitamin B12 intake could help ease skin conditions and ensure that your body is producing enough cells to keep up with skin-cell shedding.
Vitamin B12 for heart health
If you are deficient in B12, your body will produce increased levels of an amino acid called homocysteine. This amino acid has been linked to heart disease which can be fatal. Keeping your B12 levels normal may help to prevent the development of heart disease.
Vitamin B12 for energy
Maintaining normal B12 levels could help to combat feelings of fatigue and tiredness and help to protect your energy levels. All types of Vitamin B play a role in providing the body with energy and improving blood cell functioning which leads to oxygen flowing through your body more efficiently.
Vitamin B12 for the brain
Multiple studies have linked vitamin B12 to memory performance, and brain atrophy (the loss of neurons). It is even suggested that a deficiency of the vitamin could contribute to dementia. Maintaining good levels of vitamin B12 could prevent your brain neurons from decaying and improve your memory along with your cognitive functioning.
Vitamin B12 for bone health
Vitamin B12 has been linked to bone density and could be used to prevent osteoporosis—decreased mineral density in the bones. Low bone density can lead to fragile, delicate bones that are prone to breaking. Good levels of Vitamin B12 may help prevent this from occurring and will keep your bones healthy.
How to Increase Your Vitamin B12 Levels?
There are three ways through which you can increase vitamin B12 levels in your body:
Our main source of Vitamin B12 is a healthy balanced diet. Meat, fish, eggs and cheese are all rich in this vitamin, so, consuming sufficient amounts of them should help to keep your vitamin B12 levels steady.
If your diet doesn’t provide you with enough Vitamin B12, you may have to find other ways to supplement it. You could do this through simple pills, which are usually taken once a day along with your regular diet.
Another option for increasing your vitamin B12 levels is IV therapy. This is a treatment in which vitamins are inserted directly into your bloodstream to instantly boost your levels and improve your health. IV therapy can be given in both drip and injection form and be completely tailored to your needs. If you are interested in IV vitamin therapy, why not contact our team who can tell you more about how we can help you to feel your best!
Ensuring that your body contains enough vitamin B12 is essential for the maintenance of healthy bones, hair, skin, heart and even brain. While it is possible to receive enough of the nutrient through a balanced diet, it is easy to become deficient in the vitamin which could lead to a whole host of health problems down the line. Our Intravenous Therapy service could help to restore your body’s vitamin B12 levels back to normal and prevent the development of, potentially serious, health conditions. If you would like to know more about what this service involves, speak to a member of our team today!