B12 (Cobalamin), is one of the eight B vitamins that is needed to ensure the proper functioning and health of nerve tissue, brain function and the production of red blood cells.
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Why is B12 needed for the body?
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient your body can’t make on its own. It is needed to form red blood cells and DNA, and it plays a crucial role in the function and development of brain and nerve cells. Vitamin B12 is also important for weight management and is known to be energy-enhancing due to its ability to boost metabolism. B12 works by converting the food you eat into usable sugar (glucose) and other types of fuel that keep your body running smoothly.
What are some of the signs & symptoms of B12 deficiency?
- Weakness & sluggishness
- Strange sensations
- Slight memory loss
- Pale skin
- Smooth and red tongue
- Low mood
- Damage to the optic nerve
Where does B12 come from?
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products such as dairy, eggs, fish, meat, and poultry. It can also be added to foods, like fortified breakfast cereals, plant milk, and nutritional yeast. Other forms of B12 include supplements and vitamin B12 injections. At Options, we offer B12 injections as part of your weight loss program, or alone, that can be taken twice a week to boost your metabolism, increase your weight loss results, and to treat low levels of B12.