So… what is Vitamin B-12 and what role does it play in our body?
Vitamin B-12 is scientifically given the name ‘cobalamin’. It is actually a co-enzyme that is required by the enzymes within our bodies to perform wide and varying roles. Vitamin B12 is essential for the manufacture of red blood cells; a deficiency leads to a characteristic kind of anemia. Vitamin B12 is needed to support the normal function of nerve cells, and to manufacture myelin, the insulating material that surrounds some of our nerve cells and speeds neural transmission.
It is involved in many critical functions in the body including:
The production of red blood cells which carry vital oxygen for energy release
Healthy digestion, food absorption, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, which are vital for energy production.
Helps promote healthy circulation.
Is required for the production of adrenal hormones which are involved in stress management and energy production.
Necessary for normal nerve growth and function.
Helping to promote a healthy immune system.
Crucial for supporting lower homocysteine levels, a compound linked to cardiovascular concerns.
May help prevent cognitive decline and certainly helps support mental concentration.
The manufacture of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Helps convert carbohydrates into sugar for energy.
Symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency include:
Although these symptoms (mentioned above) are usually very easily recognizable, the implications of vitamin B-12 deficiency are far reaching and not always immediately apparent. It is suspected of helping to protect against cardiovascular and cognitive concerns associated with excess homocysteine in the bloodstream, as well affecting fertility, pregnancy and the nervous system in general.
One of the most serious manifestations of B12 deficiency is impaired brain function, due to the effects of B12 on nerve cells. Advanced B12 deficiency causes dementia and when this happens it may be severe enough to resemble Alzheimer’s disease. Generally, though, the type of dementia caused by B12 deficiency is completely reversible with when the diet is supplemented with it.
Most health-care professionals are trained to be on the lookout for B-12 deficiency, particularly in patients over age 50 with suggestive signs or symptoms. Prevention of B-12 deficiency is always at its best when both the health-care professional and the individual concerned are on the lookout for the signs and symptoms. We at Flyers Armor encourage an empowered, assertive role for everyone but especially pilots, air crews and frequent flyers.
Flyer’s Armor’s enhanced super-food formula includes adequate sources of vitamin B-12, the vitamin commonly asserted by health experts to increase energy and concentration without the negative effects of nervousness, sleep disorders etc. that are normally associated with caffeine and other stimulants.