Vitamin B12: what is it?
You’re always tired in the afternoon? Grocery bags feel like a million pounds? You put your keys in the fridge again?
Vitamin B12 is one of the eight B vitamins, and helps the normal function of the nervous system, and the formation of red blood cells.
Like all B vitamins, vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and dissolves in water when travelling through the blood stream.
Structurally, vitamin B12 is both the largest and most complicated vitamin. B12 is produced through bacterial fermentation synthesis and is made by anaerobic microorganisms (i.e. bacteria that do not require oxygen to live).
Why is vitamin B12 important?
Vitamin B12 contributes towards the normal functioning of the nervous system and in the formation of red blood cells. In addition, it also has a role to play in the process of cell division.
Every minute, the human body produces millions of red blood cells. Vitamin B12 can contribute to this process.