- Helps keep your body's blood and nerve cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in your cells
- Prevents certain types of anaemia
- Helps your body convert food molecules into energy
Vitamin B12, called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential in red blood cell formation, cellular metabolism, nerve function, and production of DNA. It also helps in the conversion of protein and fat into energy.
B12 deficiency can result in you being more susceptible to infections and feeling run down. B12 is an essential vitamin that you can become deficient in, particularly if you follow a restricted or special diet (such as vegetarian or vegan), if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, older adults, those who have had gastrointestinal surgery or suffer from gastrointestinal illnesses, and people with an autoimmune condition known as pernicious anaemia. if you suffer from certain health conditions or if you are over a certain age. Heavy smokers and drinkers can also have low levels of B12.
Our team of clinicians can assess you for deficiency with a blood test and can administer a powerful dose if it is required. Because B12 is a water soluble vitamin we are able to administer it without the blood test first however it may be sensible to do a test to establish exactly how deficient you are.
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