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Vitamin B12

  • May 19, 2021
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Vitamin B12 is water-soluble and involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body, playing a role in DNA synthesis, fatty acid and amino acid metabolism, the normal functioning of the nervous system, as well as the proper function and development of the brain. Vitamin B12 also plays a vital role in synthesizing and metabolizing serotonin, a chemical responsible for regulating mood. Omnivorous dieters typically obtain enough vitamin B12 from consuming animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs and milk, but since there are few non-animal sources of the vitamin, vitamin B12 levels are often low in vegans. Studies have discovered that vitamin B12 deficiency was associated with twice the risk of severe depression and increased risk of memory loss in older adults.*