Vitamin B12 is essential for a healthy body and mind. Cobalamin is an alternative name used for Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is used by the body to convert Fats, convert carbohydrates and proteins from all food into energy sources. Vitamin B12 is also essential for generating red blood cells. To prevent heart diseases the body relies on red blood cels therefore making vitamin B12 vital. The immune system also relies heavily on vitamin B12 to function at its best. Vitamin B12 also provides the protective covering of all the nerve cells in the body.
Red blood cells as well as white blood cells and nerve cells require vitamin B12. White blood cells are an important part of the immune system and without vitamin B12 the immune system’s defence against germs and viruses is heavily reduced. Nerve cells create fatty layers that protect them from damage and this is provided by vitamin B12. Brain cells also which are prone to diseases and damage need vitamin B12 to provide adequate protective layers to them.
The actual recommended vitamin B12 daily intake is quite small even though it is involved in a lot of processes. The reason for this is because the body cannot absorb B12 Vitamins very easily and it has to create its own process to help with that. The body also recycles vitamin B12 that it has already absorbed so it makes it very rare to see vitamin B12 defficiencies.
Lack of viamin B12 can cause people to develop anaemia. Young children especially often have this problem because they are fussy eaters
So it is important to encourage the young to eat a wide variety of food.