Why Vitamin B Is Important

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There are times when we eat or drink without taking the time to really think about what is going into our bodies. I'm guilty of it. But we really should pay more attention to what we're eating. The healthier we eat, the healthier our bodies are.

That also means we need to make sure we're getting enough vitamins. Vitamins are essential for keeping our bodies functioning properly. Vitamin B is one of those essential vitamins. There are actually 8 different types of Vitamin B, and they all work to do different things. The Vitamin B group, in general, helps to support or promote:

  • healthy skin
  • vision health
  • immune function
  • metabolism
  • red blood cells
  • energy levels
  • nerve function
  • digestion
  • brain development

Vitamin B does a lot for our bodies, so it's important to make sure we're getting enough. Vitamin B12 deficiency is actually fairly common in the United States. After 60, we're even more likely to have a Vitamin B12 deficiency than people under the age of 60.

How do I know if I have a Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 deficiency can have symptoms such as:

  • muscle weakness
  • numbness in the hands or feet
  • decreased appetite
  • lack of energy/fatigue
  • pale skin
  • constipation/diarrhea

How can I get more Vitamin B12?

Since Vitamin B isn't stored in the body, we have to get it mainly through food. Vitamin B12 can only be found in animal-sourced foods, so those following a vegan diet tend to be the most commonly affected.

If you're looking to include more Vitamin B12 into your diet, try including some of these foods:

  • liver
  • meat
  • fish
  • milk
  • cheese
  • eggs

Often times, the simplest solution can be the best solution.

**Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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