If you pay attention to health-news, you’ve probably heard a lot about vitamin B12 lately. Like other B vitamins, vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) is important for your metabolism. It also helps in the formation of your body’s red blood cells and in the maintenance of your central nervous system.
These foods contain vitamin B12:
- Fortified foods, such as soy milk
- Milk and milk products
- Organ meats, such as liver and kidney
- Poultry, such as chicken and turkey
- Shellfish, such as crabs, lobster and shrimp
Because vitamin B12 plays such an important role in red blood cell production, metabolism and nervous system functioning, it is essential that you maintain appropriate levels of vitamin B12 in your body.
Low levels of vitamin B12 can cause:
- Loss of balance
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
According to the National Library of Medicine, people who follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet and do not consume eggs or dairy products may need vitamin B12 supplements.
If your diet restricts certain meat or animal products, consider adding a vitamin B12 supplement or a well-balanced multivitamin like Geritol® for nutritional support.
Vitamin B12. 2/15/2011. U.S.National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002403.htm January 6, 2013.