Multi-Monday: Vitamin B12

Hey guys! It’s Multi-Monday and it’s time to talk…

vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin that is naturally present and bonded to protein in food. This vitamin is required for the suitable formation of red blood cells, neurological function, and DNA synthesis.

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency can include constipation, dementia, depression and fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of balance, poor memory, and weight loss. Long-term deficiency can lead to irreversible neurological disorders including movement disorders and developmental delays.
Vitamin B12 can be found in animal products such as eggs, fish, meat, milk/milk products, and poultry; yet is not normally found in plant based foods.

Vitamin B12

The average adult man and woman require 2.4 mcg of Vitamin B12 daily. Here’s how to get it:

  • 1 serving of fortified breakfast cereal = 6.0 mcg
  • sirloin beef = 1.4 mcg
  • 1 hard-boiled egg = 0.6 mcg
  • 1 ounce of Swiss cheese = 0.9 mcg
  • 3 ounces of salmon = 5.4 mcg

Some people have difficulty absorbing Vitamin B12, including those with pernicious anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, and vegans. Those people will need to consume fortified foods, take a multi-vitamin or receive B12 injections in order to ensure the recommended daily allowance is reached.

And that’s it.

Tell me, do you know anyone who has a Vitamin B12 deficiency? If so, how do they handle it?

-Irene

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