Vitamins, Health & Weight Loss
Good diet nutrition is essential for optimum health – including efficient metabolism, stable blood sugar levels and appetite, all of which affect weight control and how fast we lose weight. Vitamins play an essential role in diet nutrition and weight control.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
One of the most important vitamins in the B-group.
Strict vegetarians may need supplements of this vitamin.
How Vitamin B12 helps
Protects against anemia
Important for growth and appetite in children
Improves brain functions (e.g. memory, concentration, learning, balance)
Maintains a healthy nervous system
Stabilises menstruation and combats postnatal depression
May protect against cancer
Good food sources of Vitamin B12
Liver. Kidney. Oily fish. Beef. Pork. Lamb. Cheese. Free range eggs. Milk. Fortified cereals.
Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin B12
Smooth sore tongue. Shortness of breath. Apathy or feeling of weakness. Loss of concentration. Mood swings. Anemia. Menstrual problems.
People with an increased risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency include
Women on the pill
People on sleeping pills.
Recommended daily allowance for Vitamin B12
US RDA: 3mcg
EU RDA: 2mcg
The Importance of a Balanced Diet
If you have been a regular follower of fad diets, regular fasting, single food diets, yo-yo dieting or diet/weight loss pills, you may already be deficient in vitamins and minerals. This may be why you find it difficult to lose weight, or sustain weight loss in the long term.
Solution: Follow a balanced diet that offers slow steady weight loss and includes advice on exercise. Weight Loss Diet Program is a good choice.