What’s B 12?

Methyl Cobalamin (MeCbl), the activated form of vitamin B12, has been used to treat some nutritional diseases and other diseases in clinic, such as Alzheimer’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Why is it important?

Vitamin B12 is important for the brain and nerves, and for the production of red blood cells. Methylcobalmin is used to treat vitamin B12 deficiency. It is sometimes used in people with pernicious anemia, diabetes, and such other conditions.

Is there a link between B 12 and Weight Loss ?

Vitamin B12 is one of the essential B vitamins that help support a healthy nervous system. B12 works by converting the food we eat into sugar and other types of fuel that keep the body running smoothly. B12 is often associated with weight loss because of its ability to boost metabolism and provide lasting energy.

How are B 12 and Anxiety, Stress and Depression connected?

There is a clear link between B-12 and our mental health.

Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate cause depression.

What are the symptoms of B 12 deficiency?

  • Your skin looks pale or yellow.
  • You feel dizzy.
  • You have no appetite.
  • You’ve lost weight without trying.
  • Your hands and feet feel like they’re numb or tingling.
  • Your heart beats too fast or you have chest pain.
  • Your muscles feel weak.
  • You often have mood changes.
  • You’re confused or forgetful.

How to treat it naturally?

Usually, vitamin B12 deficiency is easy to treat with diet and vitamin supplements. To increase the amount of vitamin B12 in your diet, eat more of these foods:

  • Beef, liver, and chicken
  • Fish and shellfish such as trout, salmon, tuna fish, and clams
  • Fortified breakfast cereal
  • Low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • Eggs

It is recommended to your blood work done once a year to catch any deficiencies your body might be experiencing and treat them in time and naturally.

Sadia Salman is a certified nutritionist from Tufts University, USA and the CEO of Diet by Design. She has over 7 years of experience in treating patients with various health issues through food both in Pakistan and in Canada. Most of her work is on managing diseases like hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes etc through weight management. She believes in building a healthy community by educating the masses in any capacity that she can. Her health blogs are a part of her awareness campaign.

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