One of the big preoccupations of the nutrition space is Vitamin B12.
One of the big preoccupations of the nutrition space is Vitamin B12.(Photo: iStockphoto)
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  • 4. What is the Role of Supplements When it Comes to B12?
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When it Comes to Vitamin B12, How Much is too Much?

One of the big preoccupations of the nutrition space is Vitamin B12. It’s a water-soluble vitamin which is essential for the smooth functioning of the body. However how much of it is too much, what are the symptoms of its deficiency, what are the dietary sources, are oral supplements alright - the list of questions regarding this vitamin are endless.

Here’s an attempt to understand it better with the help of health and medical experts.

  • 1. How Important is B12 Really?

    One of the big preoccupations of the nutrition space is Vitamin B12.
    Recent research has pointed out that men are more likely to be deficient in Vitamin B than women even in the healthy population zone.
    (Photo: iStockphoto)

    Preeti Rao, Health and Wellness Expert, Max Multi Speciality Centre, Panchsheel Park, affirms that Vitamin B12 truly is the “latest buzz” in the nutrition world. But how important is it truly?

    Vitamin B12 essentially is required for nerve tissue health, brain function and the production of red blood cells. More importantly the metabolism of every cell in the body depends on vitamin B12 as it plays a part in the synthesis of fatty acids and energy production.
    Preeti Rao

    The nutrition expert further adds that the vitamin is essential for both men and women. However, recent research has pointed out that men are more likely to be deficient in Vitamin B12 than women even in the healthy population zone, she adds. Interestingly, this can neither be explained by diet habits nor estrogen effects.

    Dr Vaibhav Mishra, Additional Director, Cardiac Surgery, Fortis Hospital Noida, too emphasises the importance of B12.

    B12 is the most important vitamin that is essential for the healthy functioning of the brain and the nervous system. While it is required for both men and women, the latter require it in excess during pregnancy and lactation.
    Dr Vaibhav Mishra

    Also Read : Keep Your Vitamins, Omega-3 Levels in Check For a Healthy You

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