There are many myths surrounding the intake of Vitamin B12 and many relate to vegetarian and vegan diets where some of the highest dietary sources of Vitamin B12, including eggs and red meat, are absent or not always consumed regularly. As a Nutritional Therapist, I’ve heard many stories including “You can get enough B12 from the soil on your vegetables if you don’t wash them” or “You don’t need to supplement with Vitamin B12 as you can get enough through the bacteria in your mouth!”
For anyone who has been a user of food supplements, for even a brief period of time, turmeric/curcumin is one supplement you are likely to be familiar with.
There are 8 different B vitamins - B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folate) and B12 (cobalamin) - each with individual important functions within the body, as well synergistically supporting vital processes such as cell energy (ATP) production. This means B vitamins are required for just about every major function in the body directly impacting function of your cardiovascular system including red blood cell formation, your weight from impacting metabolism, your mood and brain health through impact on neurotransmitter synthesis and nerve health, and even your digestion.
Modern life is very demanding for our brains. We live busy lives, multitasking throughout our working days and home life, often relying on our brains to function at full speed in tasks such as concentration, memory, verbal skills, not to mention the myriad roles the brain plays in orchestrating healthy functioning of our bodies.