By Amanda Wilkes:
You may not know it, but B12 is an essential vitamin that the entire family will benefit from. It is the vitamin that will encourage healthy brain development, memory, healthy skin and appropriate blood pressure in breastfeeding mothers, infants, children and adults. The suggested daily intake for children ages 5 to adult is 6 mcg per day. If you can manage to include this much B12 into your daily diet, then you are safe and sound; however, if you can’t rely on your meals to accommodate your B12 intake, there are two ways to take the beautiful B12 vitamin. One is to consume the vitamin in capsule form, while the other is to rub it on the skin. You may be asking yourself What can go wrong if my family doesn’t get a sufficient amount of B12?
A B12 deficiency in developing children can cause brain damage, mood problems, developmental discord, and blindness, alongside many other harmful issues.
B12 is essential for digestive health and immune function. If an adult becomes deficient, s/he can be faced with an inflamed stomach lining, anemia, Crohn’s disease, certain parasitic growth, a variety of immune disorders and more.
As many as 60% of the senior population are deficient in B12, which is perhaps the reason for such a high rate of Alzheimer’s Disease, when considering that B12 is highly correlated with memory efficiency.
A lack of B12 also has been known to cause the following symptoms and may effect anyone of any age: weakness and fatigue, joint pain, shortness of breath and lightheadedness, paling of the skin, digestive issues including gas, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, constipation and diarrhea, smooth tongue, and loss of vision.
Now that you know why it is so important to include B12 in your diet, let’s take a look at which foods can help you achieve your daily dose. Among the foods highest in B12 are wild caught fish, seafood, milk and cheese, eggs, uncured organic ham, and organ meats. If you are a vegetarian, getting a sufficient amount of B12 can be more difficult because the vitamin typically is found in animal products. However, there are a few options including cereal, fortified tofu, and whey protein. Again, if you can’t manage to get a sufficient amount of B12 into your daily diet, you should definitely consider taking the vitamin in capsule form!