What is a vitamin B12 diet?
A vitamin B12 diet is a controlled combination of food materials that are deliberately prepared to be rich in vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is one of many B vitamins and is also known as cobalamin because it’s an embodiment of the mineral, cobalt.
It’s a vitamin that is soluble in water and plays a cardinal role in the proper and efficient functioning of the nervous system by synthesizing myelin (a process also called myelinogenesis).
Myelin is an important part of the neurons that the organs of the nervous system are made of. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in the creation of new blood cells to replace dead ones, without which life would be discontinued.
Vitamin B12 is highly required in cellular metabolism, which, in turn, has an effect on the formation of DNA and the breaking down of amino acids and fatty acids for the absorption and use of the body for tissue building and energy.
Owing to the role of vitamin B12 for the overall healthy function of the human body, the importance of a B12 diet plan cannot be overemphasized.
Furthermore, because of the possibility of vitamin B12 deficiency, the regular intake of vitamin B12, in one or various forms such as vitamin B12 diet pills, vitamin B12 diet shots or vitamin B12 diet drops, should constitute a practical part of an ideal vitamin B12 diet plan.
The average recommended daily dose of vitamin B12, in micrograms (mcg), for a healthy body function varies with individuals in accordance with their ages, habits of eating and medical histories.
For healthy infants 6 months and younger: 0.4 mcg
For babies between the ages of 7 to 12 months: 0.5 mcg.
For children between 1 and 3 years: 0.9 mcg.
For children between the ages of 4 and 8: 1.2 mcg.
For children between the age range of 9 and 13: 1.8 mcg.
For teens between ages 14 and 18: 2.4 mcg.
For pregnant teens: 2.6 mcg.
For breastfeeding teens 2.8 mcg.
For adults: 2.4 mcg.
For pregnant adults: 2.6 mcg.
For breastfeeding adults: 2.8 mcg.
People should check to know the levels of vitamin B12 in their system by running medical tests with the help of their medical doctors.
History of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 has its origins from microorganisms such as archaea and bacteria, which are prokaryotes (unicellular microbes without any definite nucleus with a membrane and without any organelles for specialized cellular function).
These vitamins, unlike other vitamins, are not produced by any kind of animal, plant or fungi. Even humans are incapable of vitamin B12 synthesis.
Only bacteria and archaea possess the needed enzymes for the creation of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is found in the large intestines of humans owing to the presence and activities of symbiotic bacteria, which make up part of the normal flora community in our bodies.
But since humans can only absorb vitamins in the ileum (the small intestine), they don’t benefit from the vitamin B12 generated by the gut microbes in the colon (the large intestine).