Meal replacement shakes to boost Vitamin b12

Vitamins are an essential part of the diet. They are important and central in Vitaminfood sugar-free meal replacements. Amongst the many, is Vitamin B12. This one is very common especially for vegans and vegetarians with the constant threats of being deficient. However, Vitaminfood is here to change that narrative.

B12 generally refers to a family of cobalamin compounds with a cobalt-centered nucleus. This means that there are various forms of this Vitamin but all are just variations of cobalamin compounds.

( Some common forms of the B12 are - Vitamin B12 is a water soluble compound as are all other B vitamins and Vitamin C. B12 generally refers B Complex Vitamin, Bedumil, Cobalamin, Cobalamine, Cobamin, Cobamine, Complexe Vitaminique B, Cyanocobalamin, Cyanocobalamine, Cyanocobalaminum, Cycobemin, Hydroxocobalamin, Hydroxocobalamine, Hydroxocobalaminum, Hydroxocobemine, Hydroxocobémine, Idrossocobalamina, Methylcobalamin, Méthylcobalamine, Vitadurin, Vitadurine). Of these, cyanocobalamin and hydroxocobalamin are in the greatest amounts and most active.

 

Where does Vitamin b12 come from?

Vitaminfood gives enough Vitamin B12 to ensure that you are not deficient. The journals published indicate that plant sources are not as reliable as animal products (mostly dairy and eggs) in supplying Vitamin B12. While those claims are entirely true, neither animals or plants synthesize Vitamin B12.

The cobalamin compounds are manufactured by natural bacteria found in cobalt-containing soils. These are then taken up by plants and accumulated by various animals over their lifetime. The accumulation of the vitamin from pasture and other plants is what makes the animal sources a top choice for B12.

The good news is that, fortified products, Vitaminfood being a good example, are as good as the non-vegan sources. The fortification increases the amounts to reliable ones and can therefore work as effectively as those accumulated in animal tissues.

Actually, some of the good bacteria in the gut also synthesizes Vitamin B12 but most vitamins are absorbed in the stomach and small intestines so this is mostly not absorbed into the body. This makes Vitaminfood meal replacement shakes a sufficient source for your B12 supply and to prevent deficiencies. Vitaminfood is well fortified and is specifically tailored for vegans so we have invested enough effort into accumulating adequate B12 to boost your levels. 

 

 Importance of Vitamin B12

This Vitamin is a huge deal for many people and there are several reasons to back it up. It is vital for normal cellular and nerve functioning. At the same time also, deficiencies result in life-threatening situations. Let us begin with its relevance in our bodies:

  1. Normal nerve cell functioning- Vitamin B12 is a coenzyme in the reactions leading to the formation of myelin sheaths. Myelin sheaths are the covering for the nerve cells and the axons that are like long fibres through which impulses are transmitted. B12 is needed for the sheaths to be formed for their protective function.

 

It also plays a part in maintaining a healthy number of brain neurons. It reduces the loss of brain neurons called (neural atrophy). These two functions both control the rate of mental decline.

 

  1. Absorption of folic acid – Folate is another compound that is significantly correlated with Vitamin B12. Because of the correlation, a deficiency in B12 is likely to cause another deficiency in folate.

 

  1. Coenzyme in DNA replication and increases the rate of synthesis especially in rapidly multiplying cells.

 

  1. Produces mood-affecting substance called S-adenosylmethionine. Vitamin B12 is a component in this compound which promotes hormone transfer and neurotransmitter thereby affecting mood. This makes it resourceful in reducing depression and other clinical mental disorders. Healthy amounts of the vitamin can help keep you away from such extremes especially if in a stressful situation such as the pandemic for example.

 

  1. Control homocysteine levels in conjunction with folate and vitamin B6. Homocysteine is an amino acid, a byproduct of digestion found in every one’s blood. Beyond certain amounts, it becomes deterrent to health. It is linked to heart disease and osteoporosis among other equally serious conditions. Vitamin B6, B9 and B12 all work together to keep this in check and avoid the consequences.

 

 

  1. Red blood cell production. A deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia which is characterized by unusually large red blood cells that are immature and underdeveloped. Red blood cells production and maintenance utilizes Vitamin B12.

 

  1. Weight loss. This is a plus to our weigh loss meal replacement shakes. Vitamin B12 has a modulatory effect on the rate of metabolism. It enhances the rate of metabolism to burn more calories and supply more energy which is useful for weight loss.

 

  1. Sleep and melatonin- melatonin is the hormone that initiates fatigue or keeps us active. This controls our energy levels during the day while the sun is out and at night after sunset. Vitamin B12 is a coenzyme in its production ensuring that we get quality sleep by controlling our energy levels and brain activity according to the availability of sun rays. It also heals the sleep-wake rhythm.

 

Vitamin B12 is therefore vital for a healthy sleep schedule and some infant-like sleep.

 

  1. Helps maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. Those with a deficiency in B12 have brittle nails and hair and wrinkled skin, acne and dermatitis. Maintaining healthy amounts keeps these in check.

 

  1. Slows down the effects of aging such as macular degeneration and bone thinning. Vitamin B12 is a coenzyme in process that maintain these crucial systems. Supplementing in old age will help maintain healthy amounts and reduce the effects of reduced absorption rates due to old age.

 

  1. Promotes healthy pregnancy. This could be because of various reasons and roles it plays in the body such as red blood cells synthesis, metabolism regulation, folate absorption, mood control and sleep control.

Recommended daily intake

Life Stage

Recommended Amount

Below  6 months

0.4 mcg

Infants 7–12 months

0.5 mcg

Children 1–3 years

0.9 mcg

Children 4–8 years

1.2 mcg

Children 9–13 years

1.8 mcg

Teens 14–18 years

2.6 mcg

Adults

2.6 mcg

Pregnant teens and women

2.8 mcg

Breastfeeding teens and women

2.8 mcg

 

Vitamin B12 is stored in the body in reserves such as in the liver. These could take a while to exhaust especially if one previously had a frequent adequate supply. Maybe 3-5 years.

However, it is water soluble meaning that the excess in the diet is flushed out by the body in urine. This is good as it maintains it within its efficacy. However, this also means that you have to constantly replenish supply.

So it is advisable to have small portions, just within the RDI but in more frequent servings than a few large doses which will not all be absorbed or taken into its non-fat reserves. Take advantage of Vitaminfood subscriptions for Vitamin B12 regular supply.

The symptoms and effects of a vitamin B12 deficiency

Common symptoms of deficiency include:

  • General body fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Decline in appetite
  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Sores in the mouth and tongue glossitis
  • Nerve issues such as pins and needles and numbness
  • Lose of balance once in a while
  • Depression
  • Confusion, poor memory and dementia
  • Feeling dragged
  • Hyperpigmentation

All these symptoms are tied to one or more areas of the body in which Vitamin B12 is vital and a malfunction of these shows a possible deficiency.

A great correlation has also been established between deficiencies and people with tinnitus (hearing loss and ringing in the ear), psychiatric disorders; where a huge and disproportionately significant number has been observed to be victims of both.  

Effects of the deficiency

A large number of effects manifest themselves in the symptoms including damage to neural function and reduced cognitive capabilities. Some more include these listed below.

  1. Tingling and burning of the feet, general weakness, stiffness and numbness can all be caused by progressive neuropathy
  2. Pernicious anemia which is caused by atrophic gastritis, a lack of an intrinsic factor in necessary for absorption of cyanocobalamin and chronic inflammation of the epithelial lining of the stomach which produces mucus. This impairs the absorption of B12 in the intestines causing a deficiency.
  3. Anemia of folate deficiency - This form of anemia is characterized by large, immature red blood cells, indicating slow DNA synthesis and an inability to divide.
  4. Food cobalamin malabsorption - Results in a lemon-yellow tint to the skin and eyes; a smooth beefy tongue and neurologic disorders.
  5. Advanced neurological symptoms include a creeping paralysis that begins at the extremities, such as hands and feet, and then works inward and up along the spine. Marginal vitamin B12 deficiency impairs intelligence, spatial ability and short-term memory

Groups most prone to deficiencies are the elderly people who have reduced absorption capability and a higher demand for the Vitamin so as to maintain the integrity of their systems.

Those with gut infections and conditions like H.Pylori are also highly vulnerable because of the reduced effectiveness during absorption and reduced sensitivity to certain intrinsic factors. Other conditions are Crohn’s disease, celiac disorder, acid reflux.

Some underlying conditions like HIV infection, kidney conditions, urinary incontinence and prolonged antibiotic use also reduce the rate of absorption.

We also have vegans and vegetarians who have reduced intake from unfortified plant sources. Others are post-menopausal women and alcoholics.

 Where to get Vitamin B12

Vitaminfood is the meal replacement solution for complete nutrition. For Vitamin B12 we also have enough for your recommended daily intake. What you get is not a regular supplement as you would from a pharmaceutical or your dietician but rather a fortified meal. We deliver the best quality alongside a full meal.

 

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