What is the role of vitamin B12?
Another member of the vitamin B complex family is vitamin B12 or cyanocobalamin and is one of the essential vitamins. However, because vitamin B12 is not abundant in many vegetables, vegetarians and vegans resort to vitamin B12 supplements or food fortified with B12. Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin B12 and a natural alternative to supplements.
“Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that:
- helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy
- helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells”. – od.nih.gov
Vitamin B12 may boost energy and endurance levels and might help prevent heart diseases and strokes.
Lack of vitamin B12 may cause conditions such as:
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Loss of weight and appetite