With the increasing trend of vegetarian and vegan diets, one nutrient – vitamin B12 – has gained quite the attention from both pro- and anti-vegans alike. But what makes one nutrient so significant? Read on to find out.
Vitamin B12 is a complex, water-soluble vitamin required for proper red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, neurological function, and DNA synthesis.
In the US, the recommendation for B12 is 2.4 mcg per day for adults. While B12 can remain stored in the liver for several years, markers of B12 deficiency usually start to appear within a few months. In other words, do not let its storage fool you. You need to keep ingesting B12 to remain a healthy individual.
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