Vitamin B12 is a powerhouse and does a lot of things for your body. It's known as the "Energy Vitamin." It's a key nutrient that keeps the body functioning properly and plays an essential role in production of your red blood cells and DNA. It also is crucial to the proper functioning of your nervous system. Your body doesn't make vitamin B12. Rather, it is naturally found in animal foods including meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy.
Many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency arise due to a lack of healthy blood cells in the body. The body needs these cells to get and move oxygen around your body and keep your organs in good health. While a mild B12 deficiency may cause no symptoms, if you do have a B12 deficiency, you could become anemic and display any one or more of the following symptoms:
- Weakness or fatigue,
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath,
- Pale Skin,
- A Smooth Tongue,
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite or gas,
- Nerve problems causing numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or even problems walking,
- Vision loss,
- Mental problems like depression, memory loss, behavioral changes or changes in mood
It should be noted as well that vegans and vegetarians, who are unable to absorb B12 naturally, may be a greater risk for B12 deficiency.
If the cause of a B12 deficiency is due to diet, making changes to your teen's diet is always a sensible first step. Of course, this could be a greater challenge for those who make the choice not to eat animal products. This is where supplements can come in and may be the right choice for your family as B12 supplements are recommended for:
- Cardiovascular Support,
- Ongoing Fatigue or Weakness,
- Vegans and vegetarians,
- Those who need GI tract support
Here at Simplifive Health, we dedicate an entire product line to Athlete Support contain 6 core products to support the growing teen athlete. As you may expect, our uniquely formulated Simpli Vitamin B12 product is second to none. We eagerly invite you to compare our Simpli B12 Product Specification sheet against other products you may have tried before. We are confident that your athlete will enjoy and benefit from it as much as our children do!