Over this past weekend, I drove up to Atlanta to spend some time with my family. That weekend was the hottest I’ve experienced in a long time. The temperature rose to triple digits and I found myself needing to consume more water because my energy level was shot. My younger brother who also works out put me on to Vitamin B12 supplements. Now, I know B12 is in almost every thing especially energy drinks but I had never taken B12 straight up. He had told me that he takes 2 in the morning and he always feels a sustained surge of energy throughout the day. I was NOT about to pop two pills without knowing how my body reacts to one, so I played it safe…. I took one tablet and in about 15-30 minutes I felt a change in my energy level. I ended up taking home a full bottle that I will be keeping in my purse for a lifetime. B12 rocks!
The fatigue that I felt from being sun-drained went away. I also continued to drink water throughout the day. In addition to being an energy booster, here are some health benefits of B12 for the curious. B12 is a water soluble vitamin that keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can result in a host of illnesses such as; fatigue, anemia, weakness, loss of appetite, constipation, weight loss, depression, poor memory, soreness of the mouth, asthma, vision problems, and a low sperm count. Most common benefit of B12 is its ability to boost ones energy level, and speed up your metabolism. Doctors recommend B12 for individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. B12 has helped individuals feel less tired, and worn down.
Without vitamin B12 present in your body iron is incapable of functioning at its full potential . Nutrients in our body work together in a corporate effort to keep us healthy . . For example vitamin B12 helps the body to absorb carotene, and it plays a role in vitamin A being converted .
Look at it this way nutrients work as a team in an united effort for a common goal . Take for instance how healthy red blood cells are produced. It takes vitamin B12, vitamin B6 , vitamin B2 for production of healthy looking blood cells. Vitamin B1 is vital to maintain the health of the cell.
Under a microscope doctors can see whether the shape of a blood cell is normal or abnormal. Another example where nutrients work together its energy production in maintaining a healthy nervous system. The B vitamins work in totality to ensure proper functioning of the brain, and nervous system.
- It is needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, thus leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy in the body.
- It helps in healthy regulation of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage.
- It helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Vitamin B12 also protects against heart disease by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against stroke, and high blood pressure.
- It is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps in cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin.
- Vitamin B12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostrate cancer.
There are several foods that are great sources of B-12 such as: Clams, Oysters, Mussels, Liver, Caviar, Octopus/Calamari, Fish, Crabs, Lobster, Beef, Lamb, Cheese, & Eggs. Or you can just pop a 1000mcg B12 supplement… but make sure you consult with your doctor!