Have you been feeling exhausted all the time? Do you feel that you wake up tired? If faced with a new task, is your first reaction one where you think, “I just don’t have the energy?” All of these are symptoms of a deficiency of the essential vitamin B12, which is the largest and most complex vitamin of the eight B vitamins.Vitamin B12 is needed for many bodily functions, including forming and dividing red blood cells, protecting the nervous system, synthesising the DNA, providing energy to your body, among others. If you are not getting enough of the vitamin in your diet, it can lead to anemia and extreme fatigue. On the other hand, the vitamin offers numerous benefits for the hair and skin, apart from keeping the nervous system healthy. It stimulates the growth of hair follicles and encourages melanin production which helps retain the original colour of your hair. Vitamin B12 can also fight symptoms that lead to eczema and other skin diseases. It retains moisture of the skin and protects it from drying. Although the amount of vitamin B12 rich foods you need daily is not very high, you need to ensure you take in foods rich in vitamin B12 on a regular basis. Experts recommend about 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 per day for an adult. So take a step back before you start popping those pills!
Vitamin B12 is produced by bacteria, and is found in abundance in animal products. This is because animals eat foods that are rich in vitamin B12. Vegetarians also have a few good sources of the vitamin. Learn more about foods rich in vitamin B12 by watching this video.