Also known as cobalamin, Vitamin B12 supplements benefit the immune system by fighting off germs and other nasty little organisms. That's why it is another one of the great immune system vitamins.
Most people know that if you need an energy boost, you turn to the B vitamins. But a couple of these B-complex vitamins actually do a great job of boosting your immune system.
Vitamin B12 is one of them (the other is Vitamin B6).
Even though I'm going to tell you about vitamin B12 separately, please remember that (as with ALL the B vitamins) they work better together.
Taking too much of one and too little of another can really get you out of whack. So, if possible, avoid any potential issues by buying a bottle of B complex vitamins. You'll end up getting even more benefits than an immune system boost!
Okay, back to vitamin B12...
Not too long ago people used to go to their physicians for vitamin B12 shots because it made them feel better.
Nowadays doctors might say that any improvement is solely in their patients' heads.
I'm not sure where the disconnect came from, but vitamin B12 does make you feel better.
Lucky for us, we can skip the doctor visit (and any patronizing looks!) along with the vitamin B12 injections. Get your vitamin B12 supplements in tablet form!
Worried that vitamin B12 absorption won't be the same in a pill? Don't be, the shots do work faster, but that's really the only difference.
Also concerned about vitamin B12 toxicity? Again, don't be. This nutrient is safe even in high amounts.
To determine vitamin B12 deficiency, you will have to schedule a visit to your doctor. A lab test is the best way to determine how much is right for you.
As a general guideline, most of us could use at least 100 mcg per day to reap vitamin b12 benefits.