Vitamin B12, called cobalamin, fulfills a number of important roles in our body, and its deficiency leads to occurrence of troublesome symptoms and diseases. What happens when we have dificiency of vitamin B12 and where to look for it?
Vitamin B12 – which functions it performs?
– In addition to folic acid is essential for the formation of red and white blood cells.
– Plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.
– Has a positive effect on the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract.
– B12 deficiency can result in pernicious anemia, loss of membrane of the gastrointestinal tract, degeneration of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Symptoms of deficiency include, among others, weakness, apathy, depression, headaches and dizziness, symptoms from the gastrointestinal tract.
Insufficient cobalamin occurs in people malnourished or vegans, since there is no cereal products, fruits or vegetables.
Sources of vitamin B12:
– Liver, kidney, and in lesser amounts found in meat and dairy products.
– Fish (especially pike, herring, mackerel, sardines).
– Milk and milk products.
– Cheese (especially full fat emmental, fat Edam, Camembert).
Demand for adults is 2.4 micrograms per day.