Almost 40% of Americans are running low on B-12. The hallmarks of B-12 deficiency are fairly common: chronic fatigue, poor mood, and cardiovascular issues. Other indicators of deficiency include anemia, depression, shortness of breath, difficulty walking, memory loss/dementia, mood swings and constipation.
Our modern diets simply do not provide enough essential B vitamins. B12 in particular is vitally needed in the body, but certain populations can find themselves in need of supplementation.
Homocysteine, a normal byproduct of protein metabolism, is a toxic amino acid that has been associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In a healthy body, B12, B6, and folic acid help convert homocysteine into methionine, a beneficial amino acid. This process is called methylation. B12 and B6 together are also helpful for promoting vascular integrity.
B-12 contributes to the creation of red blood cells and bone marrow. B-12 contributes to the synthesis of genetic material and aids in the digestion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
B-vitamins have also been found to promote mental clarity and focus. Supplementing with a complete B-complex is also effective at naturally boosting energy and supporting a stable mood. This can result in promoting a healthier response to stress and a balanced sleep cycle.