The need for vitamin B-12 in the human body is paramount for carrying out several functions. Some people don’t consume enough vitamin B12 to meet their needs, while others can’t absorb enough, no matter how much they take in. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among older people. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that 3.2% of adults over age 50 have a seriously low B12 level, and up to 20% may have a borderline vitamin B12 deficiency. The average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day. Like most vitamins, B12 can’t be made by the body. Instead, it must be gotten from food or supplements.
Benefits of Vitamin B12
- Helps with red blood cell formation
- Energy production
- Supports healthy skin, hair and nails
- Nerve cell health
- DNA synthesis
- Neurological function
Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms
- strange sensations, numbness, or tingling in the hands, legs, or feet
- difficulty walking (staggering, balance problems)
- a swollen, inflamed tongue
- difficulty thinking and reasoning (cognitive difficulties), or memory loss
Food Sources for Vitamin B12
Here’s What Vitamin B12 Can’t Do
The Internet is full of articles lauding the use of vitamin B12 to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and other chronic conditions or reverse infertility, fatigue, eczema, and a long list of other health problems. Many are based on poor or faulty evidence.
For now, it’s best to get enough vitamin B12 to prevent a deficiency, and not look to it as a remedy for what ails you.
The BellyTox vitamin B12 Patch is a safe, effective and inexpensive alternative to prescription injections and oral supplements. With the time-released technology of our topical patch, we provide you with 24-hour access to this positive source of health. It can boost energy while creating a natural sense of well-being.