Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that helps with energy production, heart health, and anti-aging.
More than 30% of adults are low in vitamin B12, and as you get older (over 65) vitamin B12 can be harder to absorb. Signs that you are low on B12 include depression, apathy, lack of motivation, muscle weakness, fatigue, mood swings, poor memory, and feeling foggy.
A B12 supplement can help by boosting your energy, memory, and concentration. It can help ease depression, anxiety, and nerve pain; balance immune function, treat anemia, and treat sleep disorders. B12 has also been shown to help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
If you prefer to get your B12 from food instead of a supplement, you can get it from eggs, fish, cheese, and meat. If you’re looking for a vegetarian source, try nutritional yeast instead.
If you decide to go the supplement route, aim for 1,000 – 5,000 mcg daily; as always, consult your physician before diving in.
Eating a variety of whole, natural foods will go a long way in helping you get the nutrients your body needs, but supplements can be, well, a nice supplement to that healthy diet!
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well, and until next time, veg in, don’t veg out!
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