The B family of vitamins is a big, busy crew that plays dozens of roles within the body. Among them is vitamin B12, which is as active as any of its nutritional siblings when it comes to supporting health and well-being.
Another name for vitamin B12 is cobalamin. There are several types, one of which, methylcobalamin, is similar to that utilized by the body’s own cells.
Like all of the Bs, vitamin B12 is crucial to energy production. It is part of the chemical reaction responsible for oxygen-based, or aerobic, energy. What’s more, red blood cells require a substance called hemoglobin. This is especially crucial when it comes to brain function because of the brain’s enormous energy demands, which may explain why vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to depression and cognitive difficulties.
Vitamin B12 has been found to play a role in skeletal health. While scientists aren’t completely clear on how B12 affects bone physiology, they believe it may increase osteoblasts, the cells that produce new bone, and B12 deficiency may indirectly lead to increase in osteoclasts, which break down bone (Nutrients 5/7/15). Low B12 levels have been associated with a higher risk of fractures in older men (Osteoporosis International 1/14). B12 is also needed for the production of DNA, the stuff of which genes are made.
In addition, vitamin B12, working with its partner vitamin B6, helps prevent the buildup of homocysteine. High levels of this substance have been linked to cardiovascular disease.
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This week’s article is courtesy of Energy Times May 2016.