Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin involved in metabolism.
B12 is required by humans to use as a cofactor in DNA synthesis in both fatty acid and amino acid metabolism. B12 assists in maintaining a healthy nervous system, circulatory system, red blood cell formation, cell metabolism and immunity. Most people get enough vitamin B-12 from a balanced diet such as eggs and red meat. However, older adults, vegetarians, vegans, and people who have conditions that affect their ability to absorb vitamin B-12 from foods, might benefit from the use of oral supplements or shots. Vitamin B-12 supplements also are recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding exclusively and follow vegetarian or vegan diets.
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