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Vitamin B12 is a safe, reliable and inexpensive vitamin. For health-conscious individuals, a regular intake of a prescribed amount of vitamin B12 is a key element for preserving a balance in the human body. B12 could be obtained from food sources or could be taken in the form of supplements orally or via injections.
In combination with other B-group vitamins, vitamin B12 ensures the smooth functioning of vital life processes of the human body. It is important for maintaining a healthy nervous system and DNA production. Vitamin B12 helps to regulate the formation of red blood cells in the body. Other benefits of vitamin B12 include its role in maintaining and increasing energy levels in the human body.
Vitamin B12 is highly beneficial in various forms. Methylcobalamin, the coenzyme form of vitamin B12 is a body-friendly version, which means that no metabolic steps are required for its ingestion and it can be used it in its normal form. It is available as a sublingual tablet that dissolves under the tongue (because the digestive system might modify this molecule). Through this method, vitamin B12 can directly penetrate the bloodstream and yield numerous benefits. Hydroxocobalamin is another form of vitamin B12 that has been recognized as an effective cure for cyanide poisoning.
Research studies reveal a clear, inverse correlation between homocysteine (an amino acid found in the human body) levels and vitamin B12 levels. Blocking the formation of homocysteine leads to endothelial dysfunction (a narrowing of the arteries) and is a precursor of atherosclerosis; vitamin B12 helps to curb atherosclerosis. A supplement of vitamin B12 also augments the efficiency of folic acid’s capacity to lower homocysteine levels. Researchers are of the opinion that in conjunction with folic acid, an adequate dose of vitamin B12 helps to counter heart diseases and thrombosis. The synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a compound involved in immune function and mood, depends on the association of folate and vitamin B12. Read the rest of this entry »
The b vitamins play an important part in maintaining and producing healthy cells. There are eight water soluble vitamins in the B series. B9 vitamin, also know as folic acid, helps with the metabolism of the red blood cells.
B9 is found in many food sources such as:
* Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, collards, turnip greens and broccoli.
* Liver and other organ meat is also a good source of B9.
* Pork, shellfish, and poultry have vitamin b9 in them.
* Certain cereals and grains are fortified so the general public has their daily requirement of this vitamin.
It is important to note that fresh uncooked vegetables are the best source of vitamin b9 because cooking may eliminate some of the vitamin.
A good vitamin b supplement is also a good source of all the b vitamins.
Excessive Alcohol and aspirin consumption can deplete the body folic acid.
Besides helping with cell metabolism, b9 also helps with energy production, heart disease, metabolism, muscle tone and skin care. Folic acid can also prevent anemia by helping build strong red blood cells. People with emotional problems such as depression and nervousness have also found relief in vitamin b9. Read the rest of this entry »