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Guarding Brain Health With Vitamin B-12

Written by Wellness Club on May 19, 2010 – 9:44 am -

Guarding Brain Health With Vitamin B-12

 

By Nurse Mark

 

Vitamin B-12 Deficiencies Are Common and Effects Widespread. Could a simple vitamin deficiency be putting your mind and memory at risk? 

Vitamin B-12 deficiency causes neurological changes including:

  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • balance problems
  • depression
  • confusion
  • poor memory
  • Alzheimer’s-like symptoms

Long-term deficiencies of B-12 can result in permanent impairment of the nervous system.

While it is important to remember that there are 4 closely related forms of B-12, Methylcobalamin is considered by many researchers to be the most active form of vitamin B-12. It protects the nervous system by regulating glutamate- induced neuronal damage (common in aging)  and promoting nerve cell regeneration.

Methylcobalamin is the only form of vitamin B-12 that participates in regulating circadian rhythms (sleep/wake cycles). It has been shown to improve sleep quality and refreshment from sleep, as well as increasing feelings of well-being, concentration and alertness.

Because of the subtle yet important differences between these forms of B-12, an ideal formula is one which contains all four forms.

More fully-referenced information about vitamin B-12, including the important functions of the other 3 forms and their importance to your health, can be found on our Vitamin B-12 webpage.

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