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Vitamin B12 Benefits; How Vitamin B12 Can Help You Live A Better Life - Smeh Beautytips

Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in cell metabolism; it's a water-soluble vitamin that is also known as Cobalamin. Vitamin B12 has the largest complex structure in vitamins and has multifarious benefits. Some of them include maintaining healthy nerve cells (keeping the normal nervous system) and red blood cells production. It's also good for skin, hair, and nails. Man-made vitamin B12 is known as Cyanocobalamin and it's also recommended by Vegan experts.

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency:

Vitamin B12 deficiency can have various symptoms but the main of them are as follows:
  • Pale Skin
  • Mouth Ulcer
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Disturb Vision
  • Depression (Prolong Vitamin B12 deficiency results in nerve damage)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Short of breath

Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency:

There are some reasons for Vitamin B12 deficiency that should be treated in order to cure Vitamin B12 deficiency. The following are the main of them.
  • Pernicious anemia 
  • Conditions that affect the stomach could also be stomach cancer.
  • Certain Medications
  • Deficiency in foliate in the body
  • Improper diet

Vitamin B12 Benefits on Skin, Hair, and Nails:

Vitamin B12 is quite beneficial for skin cells, hair growth, and brittle nails. Taking the right dose of Vitamin B12 also helps you look pretty.

Vitamin B12 Benefits for the Skin: 

Deficiency of Vitamin B12 causes Hyperpigmentation, Vitiligo and pale hue. Hyperpigmentation is dark patches or spots on the skin; Vitiligo is the loss of skin colour in patches - causes an uneven tone. Pale skin is due to the iron deficiency that is caused by a low level of vitamin B12 in the body. Vitamin B12 helps in cell production and metabolism that gives healthy skin. For hyperpigmentation or blemishes, check post 6 Tips To Treat Face Blemishes.

Vitamin B12 Benefits for the Hair: 

Vitamin B12 is recommended to people having thin hair or hair loss. In men, hair loss is mostly genetic while in women, Vitamin B12 improves hair quality and promotes healthy hair cell production. Vitamin B12 may also help in thwarting premature hair greying. It encourages the production of red blood cells that nourishes hair follicles. After regular taking Vitamin B12 supplements, it usually takes 3 months to see a difference in hair health. Many times, Vitamin B12 deficiency for women hair loss is an oversight by GP so it's better to have a test if concerned about hair fall.  For more tips on healthy hair, check the post  Vitamin E Benefits for Hair.

Vitamin B12 Benefits for the Nails:

Vitamin B12 deficiency results in brittle, fragile and abnormal nails. Vitamin B12 aids in the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells that also feed nails and it may help in giving shiny strong nails.

Vitamin B12 Benefits on Health:

Vitamin B12 just not only helps in looking pretty but it also helps in feeling good. Following are it's benefits on health.

Vitamin B12 Improves Depression and Anxiety:

Vitamin B12 is important in maintaining a healthy nervous system and it's linked to mood improvement. Deficiency in vitamin B12 decreases the production of serotonin that may cause low mood and depression. It's recommended to take supplements along with a healthy diet that includes fishes and eggs. For better mental health, check post 7 Mental Health Tips That are Approved by Therapists.

Vitamin B12 Helps in Red Blood Cells Formation - Prevent Anemia:

Red blood cells carry oxygen through hemoglobin in the body. Vitamin B12 assists in the production of red blood cells. Sometimes the reason for anemia (fewer red blood cells) in the body is the deficiency of vitamin B12 that causes fatigue and languidness. Anemia due to a deficiency in vitamin  B12 is a gradual process but can become complicated if remains untreated.

Vitamin B12 Helps in Improving Heart Health:

Lower the level of vitamin B12 higher the level of homocysteine that is linked to heart disease. Homocysteine is the type of amino acid that can cause heart problems. Vitamin B12 supplements may help to improve heart health.

Vitamin B12 Benefits for Menopause:

In menopause, women suffer from physical and mental fatigue, Vitamin B12 benefits in reducing these symptoms. During menopause, women may suffer from a low level of Vitamin B12 that leads to anemia; gives fatigue. Vitamin B12 boosts energy in women going through menopause by increasing the body's iron level. It also helps in good night sleep; it encourages the production of melatonin that is sleep hormones. As growing older, the body becomes less productive in producing these hormones so taking Vitamin B12 benefits in maintaining a good level of these hormones.

Vitamin B12 Benefits for Weight Loss:

Vitamin B12 helps in weight loss by increasing the body's metabolism. Vitamin B12 injections are given for shedding extra pounds. In some weight loss programmes, Vitamin B12 injections are part of the regimen. Also, sometimes weight loss is related to a low iron level in the body that is caused by a low level of Vitamin B12 so taking this vitamin helps in weight loss.

Vitamin B12 Benefits on Bodybuilding:

Vitamin B12 benefits in metabolising protein from the food in the body. This protein metabolism results in the formation of amino acid. This amino acid helps in making the body muscles. Also, red blood cells produced by Vitamin B12, supply oxygen to the muscles thus play a vital role in strengthening muscles.

Foods Rich in Vitamin B12:

Foods that are rich in Vitamin B12 are:
  • Shellfish (Clams or Lobster)
  • Fishes (Sardine, Tuna, Trout, Salmon)
  • Fortified Cereal
  • Meat
  • Milk and Dairy Products
  • Eggs
For more detail, have a look at the post, '22 Vitamin B12 Foods that will keep Your Mind Sharp' by By  and .

Side Effects of Too Much Vitamin B12:

Vitamin B12 is quite safe to take but yes! everything in balance is good for health. Taking too much Vitamin B12 has its own side effects. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that means it dissolves in the water and excess vitamin flush out from the body through urine but taking extremely high doses of Vitamin B12 can cause following side effects:

  • It can be unhealthy for people having kidney disease and diabetes. People having 3rd stage kidney disease, take advice from GP for Vitamin B12 dose.
  • It can also trigger breakouts and give pus-filled acne. 
  • In pregnant women, an exceptionally high level of Vitamin B12 gives autism in the baby.

Recommended Vitamin B12 Dose Per Day:

A healthy person usually fulfills vitamin B12 requirements from the daily diet that is 2.4 mcg per day. It's generally not recommended to a healthy person below age 50 to take Vitamin B12 supplements. They try to cover Vitamin B12 deficiency through foods. For people above age 50, it's recommended to take 100-500mcg or 1000mcg per day (higher dose in some cases). For pregnant women, Vitamin B12 may prevent birth defects and it's recommended to take a 2.6mcg dose per day. So what would be better than vitamin B12 if you want to look and feel good? For more information on Vitamin B12, Check Wiki.


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  1. I need to start taking B12. I do feel tired throughout the day, so maybe this would help me out!

  2. Wow B12 helps with so many things. I just started using a vitamin b12 patch so that makes me happy to know all of this.

  3. I definitely get enough B12 thanks to all of the animal protein I eat :)

  4. Thank you for the reminder to take my vitamins. I always forget. I actually take B Complex. It's perfect for my skin and hair needs.


  5. I'm through a period of great stress and mental and physical fatigue, which is why vitamin B12 is proving to be a great ally for me!

  6. I never thought having this is going to be so important not until I've had a read through. I guess we should have bits and pieces of vitamins. This article is really helpful.

  7. Wow I had no idea that B12 helps with so many things. I need to look into how much I'm getting in my life!

  8. Vitamin B12 is where it's at. Couldn't agree more with the benefits!

  9. I didn't know that vitamin B12 has such a beneficial influence on our body! My skin, hair and nails need its help for sure! Hope I'll see the results soon! :)

  10. I know Vitamin B12 is good for you, but I've never really known what all it does. Thanks for sharing this information with us it was helpful and informative.

  11. Definitely have to check this out. I've been taking Vitamin D and of course regular vitamins but never thought of this one until now. Great article.

  12. This reminds me, I need to start taking my supplements again. I can't vouch for everything on this list, but I know it helps me with anxiety and depression.

  13. This is amazing! I take B12 everyday but had no idea it has all these benefits...Thanks a lot.

  14. Very informative. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body's nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.

  15. this is great advice and reminds me I need to take my vitamins again!

  16. B12 is a very important vitamin to have in your body. Excellent for brain health!

  17. vit b12 is really is also a supplementary therapy to diabtees, neuropathic problems, neurological problems as welll. great post

  18. This is nice post. I have B12 deficiency. But, I am allergic to dairy products and I can't find fishes in my area. Sure, this post will help others.

  19. Very informative. Looks like I need to start taking Vit. B12. Never knew of all these.

  20. When I wanted to lose weight when I was home from college in the summer, I saw a dietitian and she would give me Vitamin B shots each week to help aid in weight loss. She told me all the benefits of it and you certainly covered them. Thanks for the great reminder! This mama could use some more Vitamin B12.

  21. Didn't know all these benefits of B12. Thanks for adding the sources of the vitamin.

  22. I never thought this was this important. You gotta have bits of different vitamins to keep it balanced. I need to have this.

  23. Nice! I learned a lot about vitamin B12 from your article. Thanks a lot.

  24. I had B12 deficiency and doctor suggested me to take these.. I could feel the difference once after my levels were fine.

  25. Definitely b12 is must for a good health . Since I am vegetarian I am taking supplements. And have noticed improvement in mood and my hairs.

  26. Thanks for sharing this post with us. As caretaker, mother, I tend to forget to take care of my own self. I am going to get some vitamins including B12 in my daily diet.

  27. I like the valuable info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog. Earlier I dont know much about Vitamin B12

  28. I had been guilty of going for skincare products to help with my hyperpigmentation instead of first minding what I ate. But I'm glad that right now, I'm so keen with what I eat, I had some B12 supplements and since my eating is regulated, even the skincare products work so much better.

  29. I'm sure I don't have B12 in me. Yes.I got this now.Cuz I have half of a symptoms which you have mentioned. :( You always write valuable things.Thank you for adding great things to my life.

  30. Very valuable info. I've taken B-complex before, but haven't checked it in a long time.

  31. I may need to get into the B-12 consumption game! Always really tired towards the latter part of the day, but that might just mean bedtime lol. Thanks for the post!

  32. Thank you for educating on benefits of Vitamin B12! It is something that is missed a lot by people.

  33. Vitamin b12 is one of my favorites! I love it for a bit of energy as well!

  34. I have Vitamin B12 in everyday Vitamin taking list.Glad to know that it has lot health benefits.

  35. I take B12 every day! Great to remind myself why!👍😊

  36. I need to start taking B12 too! Some of my friends take it and they have nothing, but great things to say about it. These are great benefits

  37. Vit b12 is really good for your health! All great info! I work at a doctors office and have b12 shots all the time!

  38. Vitamin.B12 is very important for our health. I take this B12 vitamin regularly which I got from Healthy Options.

  39. Vitamins are essential for the body. But B12, more essential. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this.

  40. Thank you for sharing this information. It is amazing how changing a small thing, like adding a vitamin, can improve the way you feel!

  41. Thank you for all these detailed info, I didn’t know that vitamins are so important.

  42. Very informative post about Vitamin B12. Thanks for sharing.

  43. I always include B12 rich foods in my everyday diet. Since I am always on the go, I need as much vitamins as I can. It helps a lot so I can keep up with my activities.

  44. really enjoyed my read & learnt much more about Vitamin B12 from this sharing, thanks! cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  45. Great article. As someone who has an auto immune disease that surfaces as inflammation on the scalp- my hair falls out. My doctor has just recently placed me on Vitamin B12 dose. Fingers crossed this does the trick!

    1. I take vitamin B12 to help maintain ny healthy hair and nails :)

  46. B12 is amazing I practically live by it!

  47. wow vitamin b12 is wonderful, it is impressive as it regenerates the cells and helps strengthen the hair. great post

  48. Great article, it is interesting to know everything that the b12 vitamin can help our body especially with regard to strengthening the hair. thanks for sharing

  49. Love reading your posts more so the comments underneath.. Is really a good freshener after a hard day.. :)

  50. Such an amazing vitamin! Super informative, thanks :)

  51. Vitamin B12 is quite important for body growth. completely agree with the information shared

  52. Vitamin B12 is one of must haves and helps with with my mouthsores

  53. I didn't realize the importance of B12! Glad I have been unconsciously getting a good dose through proteins. Great information shared here!

  54. I once had Vitamin B12 deficiency and doctor gave me supplement. I could really feel the difference once after the levels were fine.

  55. Thank you very much. I agree with your article, this really helped me. I appreciate your help. Thanks a lot. Good website.

  56. The science of nutrition is fascinating, practical, and progressive. I'm glad people are becoming aware of it's importance in the body. With Vit 12, it improves central nervous system function, forming red blood cells and turning the food that you eat into energy. Thanks for the informative post!

  57. Hi, for all time i used to check website posts here early in the
    morning, because i like to gain knowledge of more and more.

  58. it is amazing how many people do not know the difference between anxiety and depression. thanks for such an informative post. this will be helpful for so many. joy


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