Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B group.

Function:

  • Maintains nerve cells.
  • Makes red blood cells.
  • Releases energy from the food you eat.
  • Processes folic acid.

 

Sources:

  • Meat, eggs, milk, salmon, fortified breakfast cereals, cheese, beef, cod.

 

Deficiency:

It is known as pernicious anaemia and is most likely in vegans as they do not eat animal products.  Symptoms are tingling and numbness in the hands, feet and a loss of memory.

 

Excess:

No harmful side effects have been reported of eating too much vitamin B12.

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