Vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism !
It works with the B vitamin folate to make our body's genetic material. It helps keep levels of the amino acid homocysteine in check, which may help decrease heart disease risk, and it is essential to the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the blood to the body's tissues.
Not enough Vitamin B?
Vitamin B12 deficiency can have a number of possible causes. Typically it occurs in people whose digestive systems do not adequately absorb the vitamin from the foods they eat. This can be caused by:
- Pernicious anemia, a condition in which there is a lack of a protein called intrinsic factor. The protein, which is made in the stomach, is necessary for vitamin B12 absorption.
- Atrophic gastritis, a thinning of the stomach lining that affects up to 30% of people aged 50 and older.
- Surgery in which part of the stomach and/or small intestine is removed.
- Conditions affecting the small intestine, such as crohn's disease
- Excessive alcohol consumption.