When folks in Los Angeles are up to something, that typically means the rest of the nation will follow suit. And one of the latest health trends spreading in the city of celebrities is the vast array of ways to ingest Vitamin B12 — from injections to sprays and vitamins, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.
While the benefits of Vitamin B12 have been recognized by many Americans, for some it has been getting more attention recently. The number of companies releasing energy drinks with B12 and other vitamins has risen significantly, with some medical experts questioning whether the trend can be causing some people to consume too much Vitamin B12, as reported by the New York Times.
Here’s a breakdown of several common questions about this wonder vitamin and why it appears to be getting so much renewed attention in its many forms.
Why is it essential?: According to the National Institute of Health, Vitamin B12 is required for the proper formation of red blood cells. It also keeps the nerve cells healthy.
What foods have Vitamin B12?: This vitamin can be found naturally in meat, fish, dairy, turkey, chicken, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and fortified cereals.
What are the signs of deficiency?: Memory loss, disorientation, tiredness, weakness, and tingling in the arms and legs are among the symptoms of inadequate consumption of Vitamin B12. Also, Harvard's School of Public Health says people who are vegetarians may be prone to deficiency if they are not taking supplements or consuming fortified foods.
Why are Los Angelenos going crazy over it? Many people who are receiving Vitamin B12 injections or taking Vitamin B12 as a supplement say they feel more energetic and overall better, according to experts quoted in the LA Times article.
When adding Vitamin B12 to your daily diet, make sure you don’t exceed the recommended dosage. WonderLabs has an extensive selection of Vitamin B supplements, including gluten-free and vegan-friendly options like the Methylcobalamin Vitamin B-12 5000 mcg Sublingual Tablets.
Infographic: Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin B12
For a full explanation of symptoms, causes, diagnosis and B12 sources that you can introduce into your diet, check out this new infographic from psysci.co.