All about Vitamin B12

This article explains the need of vitamin B12 in the body as well as its function. Also the question ‘why we should take vitamins in right proportion?’ as well as minimising the use of supplements is explained below.

Vitamins occur naturally in all food items and are required in very small quantities for the proper functioning of the body. There are various functions of the vitamins in our body such as suggest producing energy, maintaining cell growth, making red blood cells, etc. In all there are 30 vitamins that are needed by our body in which 8 are grouped under B complex vitamins. Advertisement

It is also true that without the vitamin B a body will definitely lack energy. A body takes up energy from breaking down nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats.


These nutrients acts as fuel and Vitamin B group help the body to use these fuels and extract energy. The role of other vitamins is also very necessary in maintaining the overall growth of the body as well as helping cells to multiply and make new DNA.

The vitamin B is found in many food items and these food items can be identified as they are what soluble and very delicate. These food items can be characterized by the fact that they are destroyed by alcohol, by cooking and food processing. This reduces the the B12 compound in them and decrease in nutrients.

It is very important to take small amount of vitamins on a daily basis. The human body has only limited capacity to store the vitamin B. Although most of the vitamin B groups are not able to be stored in the body except the folate and B12 which are stored in the liver.

A person who does not have a proper diet may suffer from some deficiency disease in quite some time. Hence, it is very essential to take appropriate amount of nutritious food in order to maintain the vitamin B level in the body.

Taking the vitamin B group supplement has sometimes seen to mask deficiencies of other vitamins too. Hence it is very important not to diagnose the deficiency of Vitamin by yourself but rather consult a doctor and if he/ she suggests you supplement, then only take it.

This is because taking vitamin B without consultancy of doctor may be very dangerous to the body. The vitamins are required in very small quantities in the body and supplements might be toxic sometimes.

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