If You Want More Energy, Eat These 10 Foods Rich in This Essential Vitamin
A balanced diet is key to maintaining a healthy body and trying to avoid any health issues. We talk about what to eat if you want good skin, better focus, a healthier heart, and so much more. But do you know if you’re getting enough of a crucial nutrient: vitamin B12?
“Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a major role in DNA synthesis, nervous system function, and red blood cell formation,” explains Claire Virga, MS, RDN, of Rooted Wellness. “We need vitamin B12 to keep our nerve and red blood cells healthy and to create new DNA. Our bodies can’t make vitamin B12 so we must get B12 from dietary sources and supplements.”
The thing is, you might not know you have a deficiency straight off the bat. “You could have low B12 for years before an actual deficiency symptom shows up,” says Robin Foroutan, MD, RDN, HHC, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
A deficiency can lead to anemia and nervous system complications that cause symptoms like fatigue, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and shortness of breath as well as cognitive complications like memory loss and depression, Virga adds. And if left untreated for a long period of time, it can lead to severe, irreversible nerve damage in some cases.