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All About Vitamin B12 and The Recent Research Discovery

Vitamin B12 is a mineral found naturally from eating meat from animals, or animal by-products such as milk and eggs. However, some foods can be fortified with this vitamin. People do need this vitamin for their bodies to function well. The body needs it for the formation of the red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for spreading oxygen in the body, and removing carbon dioxide, which is harmful to the body. Vitamin B12 also plays the role of controlling the operation of the neurological system and nerve communication. It plays an important role in forming DNA. The hormones, fat, and protein needed in the body exist due to this vitamin.

Since the vitamin is gotten naturally from animal protein, people who don’t eat meat, vegetarians, or those that don’t use dairy products may have a deficiency in this vitamin. The general symptoms that are evident from lack of this vitamin include anemia, body fatigue, inflamed tongue and problems with balancing and walking. If the patient does not get treated early enough, they may suffer later from diseases such as severe brain damage, cardiovascular disease of the heart and the most feared disease of all, cancer of the stomach. On diagnosis, a doctor will carry out tests to rule out any other diseases that share the same symptoms. A blood test is done to check the levels of vitamin B12 in the system. An average human being should have about 2.4 mg of this vitamin daily. In addition to this, people who have done weight-loss surgery may be deficient of the vitamin as the surgery leaves the body unable to absorb the vitamin. People who have celiac disease and aging persons with less stomach acid are other groups of people who may have a deficiency of the vitamin.

However, new research by scientists has proven that vegans and vegetarians can get this vitamin, after all, from plants. From research, it has been discovered that garden cress, a particular herb, can be grown and contain vitamin B12, depending on its surroundings. The plant can suck out the vitamin from the soil, where a safe bacteria is used. Therefore, edibles such as kale and lettuce can be fortified with the vitamin. The body would absorb the vitamin through a safe and natural way of eating vegetables, rather than by taking supplements.

Taking supplements would work, but only if people would follow instructions on fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. This research has brought so much joy especially because most people have started adopting a meat-free lifestyle. Your health is therefore guaranteed if you are at risk of lacking Vitamin B12 in your body.