B12 is essential for Iron to function properly in our body along with folic acid in regulating the formation of red blood cells. This vitamin is needed to prevent anemia, proper digestion, absorption of foods, synthesis of protein, metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.
Prevents nerve damage, maintains fertility, promotes normal growth encourages cellular longevity, brain and healthy mental functions. It also enhances normal development and growth by maintaining the fatty sheaths that cover and protect nerve endings.
It is linked to the production of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) that assists in learning and memory function.
Anemia, ageing process, atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attacks, age related hearing loss, anorexia, atrophic gastritis, allergy, malabsorption, chemical sensitivity, abnormal gait, bone loss, arthritis – all types, cancer, chronic fatigue, constipation, digestive disorders, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis, tape worm infestations, gastrectomy, pancreatic insufficiency, diabetes, dizziness, drowsiness, depression, enlargement of the liver, hallucinations, headaches (including migraines) eye disorders, inflammation of the tongue, irritability, memory loss, moodiness, nervousness, inflammation of the tongue, palpitations, ringing in the ears, spinal cord degeneration, fertility, male
impotence, menorrhagia (abnormal heavy bleeding during menstruation), pregnancy, miscarriage, lactation, post partum depression, shingles, dementia, insomnia, laxative abuse, vegetarianism, mature onset schizophrenia, excessive intake of alcohol and tobacco – alcoholism, attention deficit, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, respiratory tract infections, asthma.
Note: Strict vegetarians may not see any signs of deficiency for some time as the body may store this vitamin for up to five years.
Antagonists: Alcohol, heat, coffee, tobacco, narcotic drugs, laxatives (senna based herbs), anti-gout medication, anticoagulant drugs, microwave cooking.