You've definitely heard of vitamin B12. And you may even know that Vitamin B12 is neither made by plants or animals, but comes from microorganisms in the soil! Today on the WonderLabs Blog, we're excited to share with you four surprising truths about Vitamin B12 that most people have never heard. These are just a few of the reasons why B12, which is essential for a healthy brain, blood cells, and nervous system, is such an amazing vitamin…
#1 Vitamin B12 Removes Toxins From the BodyMethylcobalamin B12 is useful for detoxifying certain substances in the body, such as mercury, arsenic, cyanide, mycotoxins, and glutamates (which appear in MSG and artificial sweeteners).
#2 Vitamin B12 Fights FatigueFeeling tired? It could be a Vitamin B12 deficiency. This vitamin is known to boost energy in those who have a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Whether or not it can provide a little extra oomph for those who already have normal B12 levels is up for debate. However, many people who take sublingual B12 or get B12 shots claim that they feel healthier and more energetic as a result.
#3 The Liver Stores Vitamin B12Most vitamins and minerals must be constantly replenished in order for the body to remain healthy. Vitamin B12 is surprisingly different. It's one of several substances that the body actually stores in the liver. While the liver may store a few months of Vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals, it stores several years worth of Vitamin B12!
#4 Vitamin B12 Deficiency Is WidespreadAccording to one study, approximately 40% of the U.S. population is in the low normal range of Vitamin B12, and approximately 9% of the population could be below the current deficiency level. (Another study found 20% of U.S. and U.K. populations to have marginal status and 6% of adults age 60 or older to have a Vitamin B12 deficiency.) A Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce the following symptoms:
- weight loss
- numbness and tingling in hands and feet
- loss of appetite
- poor memory
- soreness in the mouth
- difficulty maintaining balance