Did you know that a woman’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 slows down with age? In fact, 4 out of every 100 women ages 40 and older suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency, a condition in which the vitamin’s levels in the blood are too low.
The significance? Vitamin B12 is a powerhouse that’s essential for living. The nutrient holds a host of benefits including boosting mood, blood-cell formation, digestion, nervous system and brain function. Per the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, how much one needs will depend greatly on their age. However, in general, it’s recommended that both men and women over the age of 14 aim for 2.4 mcg of vitamin B12 each day. Pregnant women should ingest 2.6 mcg and women breastfeeding need 2.8 mcg daily.
Still, up to 15 percent of people don’t get enough B12, and they’re likely to be vegetarians, have celiac disease or other digestion problems, according to the Harvard Health Letter.
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