Almost every cell in the body uses vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin). Aside from promoting red-blood-cell formation, vitamin B12 helps convert fat and protein to energy, sustains the brain and nervous system, aids memory and learning, and promotes cardiovascular health. Unlike other forms of B12, methylcobalamin is active immediately upon absorption.*
- Boosts cognition*
- Promotes nerve regeneration*
- Supports healthy red-blood-cell formation*
Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) is one of the eight B vitamins that help convert food into glucose for energy. It's also necessary for producing red blood cells, nervous system health, regenerating bone marrow and the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract lining, and manufacturing elements of DNA.
Deficiencies of vitamin B12 can lead to erectile dysfunction, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and alcoholism.
Foods high in vitamin B12 include trout, salmon, tuna, clams, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, Greek yogurt, and Swiss cheese.
Avoid taking B12 with vitamin C, B1, copper, or heartburn medications, because it'll disassemble and render it useless.
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