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Vitamin B12 Promotes Healthy Babies

Posted Mar 06 2009 2:18pm 1 Comment

Eggs are a good source of vitamin B12 A recent study has showed another important reason to maintain high levels of vitamin B-12.

Pregnant women who don’t get enough vitamin B-12 may have a greater risk of delivering a baby with birth defect, according to the study published in the March issue of Pediatrics.

The lack of vitamin B-12 in the human system may cause several health issues, including anemia, stress and depression.

Women should be extra careful as they may face a different problem particularly if they plan to have babies.

In the study of nearly 1,200 women, the results showed that women with the lowest B-12 levels were five times as likely to have a baby with a neural tube defect compared with mothers with the highest levels.

People should be able to get enough vitamin B-12 from their diet. Rich sources of B-12 include many animal foods, such as meat, cheese, eggs, fish and milk.

However, vegetarians could be lacking this important vitamin because vegan sources do not provide sufficient quantities of B-12. Vegans could become deficient after many years of low intake of B-12.

In addition, women with intestinal problems may also struggle to absorb nutrients and could have vitamin deficiency.

The solution may be pretty simple: take a vitamin B12 supplement, B-Complex or a multi-vitamin. Most products supply significant amounts of vitamin B-12 and can boost your energy levels as well.

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NOW Foods B-12 Liquid B-Complex - 2 oz.
Carlson Labs B-12-SL Sublingual 1000 mcg. - 180
Enzymatic Therapy B-12 Infusion (formerly Bioactive-B12) Bioactive-B12 - 30 Chew(s)

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The article mentions just a few foods high in vitimin B12 - this article on the B12 Patch Facts blog lists a couple dozen more, along with how much vitimine B12 is in a serving and how much of the percent daily value of vitimin B-12 each food offers.

The problem with a lot of oral supplements is that they upset your stomach, or if you have stomach or gastrointestinal issues you might not be able to absorb them very easily.  For those people, a patch is a great alternative!  Even if you don't have stomach troubles, it's still a very good way to easily get your daily vitamine B-12.  It also can give you an all day energy boost, too.

In my opintion, the best energy patches are from Healthy Habits.  You get 8 patches in a box, and they are made right here in the USA from high quality methylcobalamin and folic acid.  Each patch has 1000mcg of B12!

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