May 2009 Issue

7 Reasons To Aim For More Vitamin B12 Than You’re Probably Getting Now

For many people, vitamin B12 brings to mind injections to boost energy. While this relates to the vitaminís traditional role of keeping red blood cells healthy, emerging research reveals that B12 offers many other benefits (see "Vitamin B12ís Links to Better Health," page 6). Moreover, recent evidence reveals that even the low end of so-called "normal" B12 levels can create havoc with health, prompting scientists to view this nutrient in a whole new light. Some experts even suggest that B12 could rival vitamin D as the latest key nutrient that many Americansóespecially older peopleódonít get enough of and could benefit from more. Most people, however, donít need injections." Inadequate B12 levels are quite commonóand harmfulóbut fortunately are easily treated," says neurologist J. David Spence, M.D., a B12 researcher at Robarts Research Institute in Ontario, Canada. Hereís what an examination of the latest research suggests that B12 can do, followed by tips to help you get enough of this important vitamin.

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