A vital vitamin: Are you getting enough B12?

I take B12 supplements, after hearing Hoda Kotb of The Today Show talk about the value years ago. There is a very substantial literature on their nutritional value, and deficiencies are common as people get older.

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Plant-based diets have quickly become the norm for many of us, but while removing animal products from our diets is particularly good for the environment, it can leave us with a challenge when it comes to getting enough vitamin B12 as this vitamin is not found in plant-based foods.

Vitamin B12 naturally occurs in most animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs and milk, and performs multiple key functions in the body. It is essential for red blood cell formation (whose job it is to carry oxygen), keeping the nervous system healthy, and also affects our energy, endurance, cognition and memory.

Vitamin B12 also:

  • Helps fight depression
  • Protects against cardiovascular disease
  • Protects against eye disease and disorders
  • Has a protective effect on DNA
  • Protects against neural tube defects in pregnancy
  • Plays a vital role in the the production of serotonin

How much vitamin B12 do we need?

Fortunately, compared to…

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