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Health Benefits of Using Vitamin B12

B12 And You

Vitamin B12 have a numerous amount of benefits that can help individuals in different ways. The most common benefit of B12 is its ability to boost ones energy level, and speed up your metabolism. Patients who suffer with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can make excellent use of B12 by taking the therapeutic amount. The therapeutic amount is 1000 micrograms. B12 has helped individuals feel less tired, and worn down. The most effective form is B12dots or lozenges.(sublingual under the tongue). Vitamin B12 is also available in a vegetarian form, which is the type I use for myself.

B12 And Your Nervous System


How Nutrients Partner Together

Without vitamin B12 present in your body iron is incapable of functioning at its full potential . Nutrients in our body work together in a corporate effort to keep us healthy . . For example vitamin B12 helps the body to absorb carotene, and it plays a role in vitamin A being converted .

Look at it this way nutrients work as a team in a united effort for a common goal . Take for instance how healthy red blood cells are produced. It takes vitamin B12, vitamin B6 , vitamin B2 for production of healthy looking blood cells. Vitamin B1 is vital to maintain the health of the cell.

Under a microscope doctors can see whether the shape of a blood cell is normal or abnormal. Another example where nutrients work together its energy production in maintaining a healthy nervous system. The B vitamins work in totality to ensure proper functioning of the brain, and nervous system .

Team B Working Together

Here's a breakdown in no particular order:

  • energy booster ---------------------------------------B12
  • blood pressure regulator ------------------------------B3
  • helps lowers cholesterol------- ------------------------B3
  • helps promote weight loss--------------------------- -B6, B12
  • helps body process protein ---------------------------B1
  • adds moisture to skin---------------------------------B2
  • encourage glowing skin -------------------------------B5
  • strengthen nails protects from breakage --------------B5
  • soothing and natural calming agent--------------------B6
  • energy production ------------------------------------B1, B2
  • stress fighter------------------------------------------B5
  • helps prevent Altzheimers -----------------------------B1
  • helps alleviate Crohn's disease discomfort -------------B3, B6
  • Joint disease reliever-----------------------------------B3
  • Athletes performance booster & muscle builder--------B6,B2
  • Emotional well-being and staple of nervous system----B12, B1, B6, B3, B5

Vitamin B12 - How To Know If You Are Lacking

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty speaking (stammering)
  • Slow reflexes
  • Limbs being jerky
  • Problem with memory
  • Soreness in legs or arms
  • Anemia
  • Weakness
  • Servere deficiency can lead to brain damage

Natural Sources of B12

  • Beef Liver
  • yogurt
  • organic eggs
  • fish
  • clams
  • blackstrap molasses
  • milk products
  • sardines
  • oysters
  • lamb
  • tongue (if you have the stomach for it)
  • Nuts-rich in complete b complex
  • pecans
  • brazil
  • almond
  • walnut
  • filberts

Vitamin B12 and Your Nervous System

In today's busy society it is commonplace to eat on the run, and take nutritional supplements in place of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone from White Collar, Blue Collar workers to stay at home moms are social media professionals. Mompreneurs, young entrepreneurs are using the internet to kick start, and advertise their businesses at a nominal price. Today there are 800 million individuals using Instagram everyday, suffice as to say individuals are harnessing the power of social media to pump the life blood into their business. But at what cost? Is it at the cost of devaluing a healthy diet? In some cases, yes! In taking daily nutrients should not be replaced with a grab and go breakfast, and/or a power bar for lunch.

Burnout can land at the doorstep of an individual quickly without investing in the correct self care steps to maintain a well-balanced life between work, rest, and relaxation. Vitamins and minerals should be on the top of the list to ensure preserving optimal health. Key components are vitamins B12 to maintain a healthy nervous system. The B12 vitamin is the leading star nutrient to maintain energy levels, and supplements to decompress your stress levels are staying within range. Daily exercise with a well-balanced diet are the champions to investing in your health.

Absorption And You

B Complex and and it's group of the B vitamins work in a joint venture like effort. The B vitamin can relieve various ailments of different degrees. Most individuals prefer to take the complex which is all inclusive of all the B vitamins.

When targeting a particular health condition individuals may choose to boost up a single dose of a B. vitamin.

Absorption is the most important factor when taking nutrients , drinking alcohol is a commonality for all the nutrients , alcohol destroys the properties in nutrients . Other than alcohol there are other things to watch out for; . in taking above average amounts of sugar interfere with the absorption of B1 and B2.

In addition antacids, and caffeine can slow down absorption in B2. just as there are substances that interfere with nutrients there are things that can deplete the body from nutrients . For niacin starches and certain types of antibiotics can deplete B3 from the body .

Notes Of Interest

  1. There are other b vitamins that are uncommon due to that have not been approved as authentic b vitamins, they are: B15, B17, and Bt.
  2. The effectiveness of B Complex vitamins can be reduced and/or diminished by using sulfa medications, and sleeping aids, such as sleeping pills.



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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on March 13, 2015:

Great hub

catmalone on December 17, 2013:

Very great hub! I take B12 Liquid vitamins for weight loss. B12 have a lot of other wonderful benefit. Thanks for sharing!

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on November 28, 2012:

Hi Rasta, thanks so much for commenting, and I appreciate the fan mail.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on November 28, 2012:

The video is great. The article is great.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on September 14, 2012:

Thanks Cathy!

Ms. Immortal from NJ on September 13, 2012:

I take a vitamin B12 spray. Instant energy :o)

Thanks, loved your hub!

Ms. Immortal

antonrosa from USA on June 28, 2012:

Great information here! Vitamin B17 or apricot kernels kills cancer cells.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on April 05, 2012:

Hi CCTM, I don't know if you are familiar with wheat grass, but it is excellent for cleansing the body. The juice has an awful taste, but its good stuff.

CCTM on April 04, 2012:


I'm definitely going to buy some this weekend...

What's good to take for cleansing your body??

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on April 04, 2012:

Hi CCTM I take a soft gel multi-vitamin. I highly recommend taking B12 and fish oil which is your Omega 3's which is great for your heart health.

CCTM on April 03, 2012:

I've never really took vitamins besides when I was pregnant.

I'm new to this, I mean I know I should be taken them, but I have NO IDEA which ones to take.

I was told to take B12 and Fish Oil, I would love to know what I should be taking, please let me know =)

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on November 09, 2011:

Thanks guys for taking the time to leave a comment.

gavelect from Glasgow on November 09, 2011:

Great hub and great list of food sources containing vitamin B. I noticed I do not eat a lot of vitimin B. Not much at all. I think I will try the supplements to see if it gives me a boost in the morning.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on March 02, 2011:

Hi Kethyjewel, I think I forgot honey to. Honey is a natural source for energy however, I have don't think its supply vitamin b12.

Alternative Prime from > California on February 23, 2011:

I find a moderate dose of B12 in my diet after exercise helps to rejuvenate muscle stamina in between workouts.

Nice little energy boost as well.

Belle on February 09, 2011:

Does anyone know where we can we purchase the B12 melts for under the tongue...or is this prescription only? What is the recommended dosage for weight loss? Is it better to take both B6 & B12 together to promote weight loss?

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 13, 2011:

Marvelous hub! This is great information. I take a vit B12 that melts under the tongue. I haven't noticed a big difference in energy levels yet. I also skip a day now and then. :-) Thanks for your research and well written article. Up and awesome!

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on December 15, 2010:

Hi Amanda, Thank you for asking, according to the Nutrition Almanac the recommended daily dosage according to some clinicians suggest at least 100 micrograms. In my suggestion of the 1000 amount it is referring to individuals with specific related physical challegnes. Of course one should consult with their physician before starting a change in dietary supplements.

amanda allen on December 15, 2010:

i am confused a bit. your article states:

"The therapeutic amount is 1000 milligrams"

this is the equivalent of taking an 100 entire bottles of over the counter b12 dietary supplement (most are 100 mcg) and well over 1000 times the usda suggested amount. in one dose. is the dosage you listed correct?

KLeichester on December 01, 2010:

Thanks for this post. It's a nice read.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on November 30, 2010:

Hi bloodpressurecure, Thank you for leaving such encouraging comment on the hub it is much appreciated!

bloodpressurcure from Austin on November 30, 2010:

I have to say I been browsing all the health hub but yours really stands out and you did your homework, your information is very informative and true to your word as i am a b12 user and researcher and find the benefits of b12 to be outstanding. Keep up the Good Work and Will be back to read more!

Bobby Beaulieu

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on September 17, 2010:

Hi CalgaryGuy! I appreciate the offer, that is very generous of you.

David Watson from Canada on September 17, 2010:

This is a great article!

I would like to publish on my website, with full credit to you as the author of course.

If you're interested, let me know and I'll send you the link once it's up.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on September 16, 2010:

your welcome medicine library!

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on September 15, 2010:

@Bette thank u!

@lindaadams Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on B12 vitamins.

lindaadams37 on September 14, 2010:

This is really nice hub to get a brief up about vitamins. We hardly stress on one particular as B12. But it is always good to stay informed.

BetteMachete on September 06, 2010:

very informative

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on September 02, 2010:

@Cathy, You mention taking b12 every 3 weeks, I would suggest your asking the Dr. who is giving you the shots. It is always the best ideal to go over your numbers with your Dr.

CATHY on September 01, 2010:

I take b12 shots every 3 wks. Is there a blood count for lack of b12? I think my Dr. said my count is 145. Would this be right?

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on August 19, 2010:

Hi Trevor Thanks for taking time to read and comment. I agree with you I have never heard of gaining weight from taking B12.

Trevor Paul on August 19, 2010:

Nice info I take B12 occasionally. and to answer Stephanie's question I Have never gained weight from it!

Stephanie on August 07, 2010:

Does B12 make u gain weight

Matt on July 31, 2010:

would i get sufficient supply of vitamin b complex if I take spirulina everyday?

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on July 31, 2010:

You are welcome bujju!

bujju on July 30, 2010:

thank u so much for the information.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on May 24, 2010:

@ceholmes You are welcome!

@revitawellness Thank you for taking the time to read the article!

@2besure I use B Complex as well and I appreciate you!

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on May 24, 2010:

I use B Complex and find it very helpful for my overall health.

revitawellness from Mecklenburg on May 14, 2010:

Another good article with good subject.

ceholmes from Chicago on April 16, 2010:

thank you for supplying the list of foods high in B12. This works and I will invest in some of those items esp. the organic eggs!

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on April 16, 2010:

Hi Goldie, Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. What about the B12 dots-have you asked your doctor if you could try those?

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2010:

Very well done. I was advised by my doctor, there is no side effect for too much B12. He recommended injections to make sure it gets into my blood stream. I hate injections. Very helpful Hub.

Grammy on March 14, 2010:

Hello I am new at this. your article was very informative. However I would like to know if you can get too much of B12. Does the body store it forever or is it used up? Thanks for your time.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on February 16, 2010:

Hi VitamineCentral,

Interesting fact about B12 helping male infertility, thanks for stopping by.

VitamineCentral on February 15, 2010:

Good subject and B12 is also a mood booster,slowing aging and helps with male infertility.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on February 01, 2010:

Hi Judy that is an interesting fact I could image the taste being bitter as you described here. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Judy on February 01, 2010:

B17 or crunching on the bitter apricot kernal is supposed to be excellent for cancer, although they are not pleasant to taste - very bitter and look a little like a round almond nut but they are harder

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on January 29, 2010:

Thank you healthgoji for takng the time to give this hub a read!


healthgoji on January 28, 2010:

Very good info - Vitamin B12 is great for increased energy.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on January 02, 2010:

Hi Mr. Nice,

Thank you for your comment and info on vitamin B17.

You mentioned not everyone needs vitamins, I take it

you mean those individuals who receive their vitamins

by fresh fruits and vegetables.


Mr Nice from North America on January 02, 2010:

Hi adrienne2,

Great info about vitamins but remember not everyone needs vitamins & there use can be toxic too.

vitamin B17 or apricot kernels use is not widely recognized because apricot kernels has Cyanide. Too much of apricot kernels can have toxic affect on health.

Detailed info about apricot kernels....

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on December 27, 2009:

Hi David, Thank you for the comment. So glad you found this hub full of great information.

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on August 30, 2009:

Most American get enough because they eat meat. It's important to note there are 2 kinds of B12 supplements: The cheaper and less absorbable "Cyanocobalamin" which is interestingly enough bound to a cyanide molecule (The cyanide is added to the molecule by activated charcoal columns in purification). Crazy eh? Cyanide? And "Methylcobalamin". Most people have no idea there are different forms of B12

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on July 13, 2009:

Hi Boungie, yeah it is all in the absorption, when I first started taking supplements, and vitamins years ago I just took them thinking I did my job now vitamins do yours. HA! Then I learned about absorption, if they are not absorbed properly it's just as if you never took it.

boungie on July 12, 2009:

Nice article!  I've become a big fan of vitamins too these days and learned that vitamins become even been when they're combined with other vitamins and minerals.  There really seems to be a synergetic effect and I've felt the health benefits. 

thanks for the info.  You're right, absorption is so important and it's crazy to realize that a lot of vitamins just aren't absorbed that well by the body. 

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on June 12, 2009:

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the series.

gkideas from Southern California on June 11, 2009:

Nice series - I'd like to feature it in a blog listing I'm doing. I'll send you an email.

Fierce Manson (author) from Atlanta on August 02, 2008:

apricot kernels?? never heard of this.

Big Sky from USA on August 02, 2008:

Nicely done. Have you looked into B17 or apricot kernels?

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