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.
Most of us probably couldn’t pick out a monk fruit in the produce aisle, and truth be told, it’s not likely to catch your attention amidst luscious lemons, colorful apples, and vibrant oranges. But the monk fruit is getting a great deal of attention these days from health-conscious foodies, sugar-free devotees, and those in the diabetes community. Also known as luo han guo or siraitia grosvenorii, monk fruit is a gourd native to southern China and northern Thailand. Small and green, it looks a bit like a tiny melon. It's very sweet, and while the fruit can be used to make jam or jelly, it's mainly used as a sweetener. The fresh fruit is rarely available outside of the regions where it is grown. Dried monk fruit can be found in the U.S. at some Asian supermarkets.
A 2003 study showed that Stevia could potentially help lower blood pressure. The study suggested that the stevia plant might normalize blood pressure and regulate the heartbeat.
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