What Does Vitamin B-12 Do?
As one of eight B vitamins, you most likely know B-12 (Methylcobalamin) can be taken in order to increase your metabolism. It does that as a cofactor, or helper molecule, in DNA synthesis – both fatty acid and amino acid synthesis. While it is possible to get enough Vitamin B-12 through proper diet, there are many reasons why you may not have enough of it in your blood system. It’s true the most common reason for a Vitamin B12 deficiency is diet, but medications and age can cause you to become b-12 deficient. As you age, your body produces less stomach acid, you might also take medications to help with acid reflux (GERD) called proton-pump inhibitors (think Prilosec) or H2 blockers (like Zantac) which decrease the amount of b12 your body can absorb through your diet.
Methylcobalamin (the active version of Vitamin B12) is also used in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, and as a preliminary treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The reasoning behind this is that it assists in the maintenance and repair of the neurons in your body.