Thursday, October 15, 2009

Benefits of Vitamin B12

B12 Vitamin Basics

Vitamin B12

Alternative Name - COBALAMINE

SOURCE – Liver, kidney, milk, meat, dairy products, eggs, fermented Soya products, seaweeds and algae have all been proposed as possible sources of B12.Remember that spirulina contains compounds analogues to vitamin B12 and including spirulina for gaining vitamin B12 may in fact increase the risk of B12 deficiency disease, as the B12 analogues can compete with B12 and inhibit metabolism.

Good sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians are dairy products or free-range eggs.

- ½ pint of milk (full fat or semi skimmed) = 1.2 µg.

- A slice of vegetarian cheddar cheese (40g) = 0.5 µg.

- A boiled egg = 0.7 µg.

- Fermentation in the manufacture of yoghurt destroys much of the B12 and also boiling milk can destroy much of the B12. Include yeast extracts, vecon vegetable stock, veggie burger mixes, textured vegetable protein, Soya milk, vegetable and sunflower margarines, and breakfast cereals if you are a vegetarian.


Term RDA or Recommended Daily Amount have now been replaced by the term (RNI) or Reference Nutrient intake.

(1000 µg = 1mg)

O to 6 months =0.3 µg

7 to 12 months = 0.4 µg

1 to 3 years = 0.5 µg

4 to 6 years = 0.8 µg

7 to 10 years = 1.0 µg

11 to 14 years = 1.2 µg

15+ years = 1.5 µg

Breast feeding women = 2.0 µg

Vitamin B12 is one of the most essential vitamins for you body and mind. Vitamin b12 is used by the body in many ways to perform different processes such as converting the fats, carbohydrates and proteins from all food that is consumed into energy. Other benefits of vitamin B12 or Cobalamine include:

- Vitamin B12 is used to create healthy red blood cells.

- Prevention of heart disease.

- Keeping the immune system functioning at its maximum efficiency.

- B12 vitamin also works to form the protective covering of all the nerve cells in the body.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Benefits of vitamin

Vitamins are some types of organic substances. Vitamins are required by an organism in small amounts in order to sustain life. Everyone wants sufficient quantities of vitamin for growth, vitality and completing other body functions. If vitamins are not synthesized in the body in sufficient quantity then they must be obtained from food because vitamins deficiencies may give rise to several diseases and other health hazards. According to me and science “life without vitamins is impossible”.

Why Vitamins Are So Important For Health?

There is a huge list of benefits, functions and influences of vitamins to every body organ and to overall body. Vitamins are essential for growth, metabolism, mental health, digestion, immunity (resistance to bacterial reactions), for maintaining normal appetite and to enabling the body to use other essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins and minerals. Vitamins also have several therapeutic effects such as niacin is used for lowering cholesterol level and vitamin A derivatives are used to treat acne. can be used to treat acne.

Vitamin B complex is a group of vitamins that includes thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B-6, folate, B-12, pantothenic acid, biotin and choline.

There are many benefits of vitamin B complex including increased energy levels, moods stability, healthy skin, hair and eyes, beneficial for proper nervous and immune system function. We need adequate amounts of vitamin B complex group every day to insure the proper function of many systems of our body. Most people notice an improvement in memory and ability to concentrate, as well as a decrease in depressed feelings and irritability.

Body needs vitamin B complex in order to convert carbohydrates into glucose, this action is performed by the cells under the process called METABOLISM.

More B complex in take is recommended, if you drink too much coffee or alcohol, taking birth control pills, sulfa and sleeping medication.