Many things can affect our mood and general feeling of well being, often causing anxiety and depression. What if I told you there is a vitamin that helps reverse anxiety and depression as well as play a role in overall brain and nervous system function? Well guess what….there is! Introducing vitamin B12. B12 is a vitamin that promotes a variety of healthful effects on many parts of your body such as…
- Helps with energy
- Aids in the formation of red blood cells
- Strengthens the immune system
- Promotes strong hair & nail growth
- Aids in healthy brain function
- Mood stabilizer
- Promotes heart health
- Aids in clear skin
- Supports proper healthy circulation
- Responsible for numerous roles in nervous system and brain function
- Helps with concentration & memory function
- Supports adrenal gland function
There are so many things B12 can help to regulate in the brain and body, but how exactly does it work? Studies have found that B12 helps with the production of neurotransmitters. These little transmitters are responsible for emotional information that is communicated throughout the body and brain. In turn B12 works as a buffering agent with S-adenonsylmethioine. Together these two control the breakdown of the mood regulating chemicals melatonin, serotonin, and dopamine. If there is a lack of B12 in your body, it cannot do it’s part of the job therefore not properly releasing the neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood and mental health. The recommended daily allowance or RDA of this vitamin is 2.4mcg daily. Scientists have also found that B12 has higher efficiency levels when combined with the other B vitamins such as, B1, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, and Niacin. All the B vitamins create a powerhouse known as B Complex. Where do we find our B vitamins especially that of B12? While there are vitamin supplements available you can find it organically in animal based proteins including fish and shellfish. Also in poultry, dairy products and eggs. The most prominent foods out of these categories include, wild caught fish, grass fed beef, beef liver and other organ meats, pasteurized eggs, and shellfish like crab. All in all B12 especially when taken in part of the B complex is beyond beneficial to your mental and emotional health. It helps promote a healthy nervous system and can aid in combatting anxiety and depression. It is all natural and part of the vitamin system the body needs to function at it’s best.
B12 for the win! Make sure you are not deficient in your B vitamins, your mood and emotions will thank you!