Vitamin B12 is considered the “energy vitamin,” because it is necessary for multiple critical functions in your body, including energy production, supporting your immune system, and helping to regulate the formation of red blood cells.
Many people consume foods fortified with vitamin B12, but the typical American diet which is high in processed, cooked and microwavable food gives us only a fraction of the B-vitamins we need for good health. In fact, studies show that one in four adults in the US are deficient in this vitally important nutrient and nearly half of the population has suboptimal blood levels.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
The older you get the more likely you are to have a vitamin B12 deficiency. The two ways that you become deficient in vitamin B12 are from not getting enough in your diet and from losing the ability to absorb it.
The older you get the more your digestive system breaks down, especially if you consume the standard American diet. The lining of your stomach gradually loses its ability to produce hydrochloric acid which releases vitamin B 12 from your food. However the main cause of vitamin B 12 deficiency happens when your stomach lining loses its ability to produce a protein that binds to vitamin B12 and allows your body to absorb it at the end of your small intestine.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can also occur in vegetarians, because the best food sources of the vitamin are animal products. Strict vegans (people who don’t eat any animal products, including meat, eggs, or milk) are at greatest risk.
If you often feel tired, run-down, and lacking in energy, you may want to consider B-12 supplementation. Our Healthy Choice Naturals Energy Lift contains B-12 along with 17 vital nutrients guaranteed to re-energize your body and rejuvenate your brain quickly without the jitters or edginess that are common in most energy supplements, pills, shots and drinks.