What you need to know about Vitamin B12
Why do we need Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is needed for making red blood cells, releasing energy from the food we have eaten, processing folic acid, and keeping the nervous system healthy.
Where can we get Vitamin B12 from?
Vitamin B12 isn’t naturally found in fruit, vegetables and grains, but it can be sourced from fortified breakfast cereals, fortified yeast extract e.g. Marmite, Vegemite, and supermarket own brands of the same, as well as, Nutritional Yeast and fortified non-dairy milk.
How much Vitamin B12 do we need?
Adults need 0.0015mg a day of Vitamin B12 per day.
What happens if we have too much Vitamin B12?
The effects of absorbing excessive amounts of Vitamin B12 are not known.
What does the Department of Health have to say about Vitamin B12?
“You should be able to get all the vitamin B12 you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take vitamin B12 supplements, do not take too much, because this could be harmful. Taking 2mg or less a day of vitamin B12 in supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.”
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