Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, is an essential nutrient that may be linked with healthy brain function, cell formation, metabolic functions, and hormonal balance.* It is not produced naturally by the body and must be consumed through diet or supplements. A deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, heart palpitations, and pale skin.* Meat and fish are good sources of B12 and vegetarians can be particularly at risk of a deficiency. B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and needs to be consumed most days since it does not get stored in the body.
B12 supplements are often included as part of a “B complex” supplement which includes other B vitamins, but can also be found as a stand-alone supplement.
The body needs vitamin B12 to convert carbohydrates into glucose, and a deficiency can cause fatigue and weakness.*
Vitamin B12 is linked to cognitive functions because of its role in neurotransmitter signaling. Vitamin B12 supplementation may be linked to a lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.*(1)
Vitamin B12 may help to regulate the nervous system and reduce depression and anxiety.* Along with folate, B12 is necessary for the production of a compound called SAM (S-adenosyl methionine). SAM is crucial in dealing with stress and mood regulation.* (2) Vitamin B12 may also be essential for concentration and cognition, and its deficiency can cause attention disorders.*
Vitamin B12 may be linked to low levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can pose a significant risk to heart health if levels rise too high.* (3) There is also evidence that vitamin B12 could help to lower cholesterol (4) and blood pressure.*
Vitamin B12 is essential for cell reproduction and thus benefits the skin, hair, and nails.* It may reduce the potential for acne, blemishes, and skin dryness.* (5) It also promotes hair and nail health.*
Vitamin B12 is vital for the digestive system due to its role in the production of digestion enzymes. It helps in promoting “good” gut bacteria.*
An adequate amount of vitamin B12 is essential for a healthy pregnancy. It is used to create nucleic acid and DNA. It also plays a role in the growth and development of the fetus and along with folate, B12 reduces the risk of birth defects.* (6)
Vitamin B12 is required for the production of red blood cells. A B12 deficiency can be involved in megaloblastic anemia, a type of anemia that can cause chronic fatigue and weakness.* (7)
You should always consult your health care provider before starting any herbal supplements or products. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.