Vitamin B12 is the name for a class of chemicals known as cobalamins that are commonly available in three major forms: Methylcobalamin, Hydroxocobalamin and Cyanocobalamin. The most practical method to improve vitamin B12 levels are through B12 injections and B12 oral supplementation (typically capsule, tablet or in powdered form. Cyanocobalamin injections are the most common and inexpensive type of B12. Cyanocobalamin naturally is converted to Methylcobalamin through the chemical process in the body.
One common vitamin deficiency is a lack of vitamin b12. The vitamin is one of the most important nutrients for the human body and it is also not produced naturally by the body. This means that the vitamin must be consumed in order to stay at the proper levels in the body and vegetarians are sometimes at risk more so than the average person since b12 is often found in meat products.
B12 can be used for weight loss as well. B12 contributes to several bodily functions and some will directly affect your weight loss progress and others will indirectly affect your weight loss.
Here is a list of b12 benefits and how they can affect your ability to lose fat:
- Metabolism- Vitamin b12 is well known for its ability to improve metabolism, specifically the ability to convert carbohydrates to glucose which makes it very helpful with creating energy. This is a direct benefit and indirect benefit as the metabolism of carbs is a direct benefit and if the additional energy created is used for fitness purposes then it is providing a benefit there as well.
- Neurological- Vitamin b12 also has neurological benefits. By protecting the nervous system, the vitamin has been credited with assisting with mood and thinking. This is an indirect benefit since thought and a good mood does not necessarily help one lose weight but someone who is thinking clearly and happy is more likely to participate in some sort of calorie burning activity.
- Anti-oxidant- This is both a direct benefit and indirect benefit. B12 is a powerful anti-oxidant which removes free radicals from the body. After a strenuous workout the vitamin helps in removing the toxins released in your blood. Obviously less free radicals also mean less illness which means less time away from the gym.