Vitamin B-12 Is the Do-It-All Supplement We All Need in Our Lives

Lindsey Metrus

You've probably noticed vitamin B-12 on nutrition labels or have read about it in passing, but do you know what it does? There are eight different B vitamins, but B-12 is responsible for keeping your heart healthy, your energy up, boosts your mood, and so much more. And surprisingly, 20% of the population is deficient in the vitamin, and 10-30% of older persons are unable to absorb it (as well as vegetarians, since many foods rich in B-12 are animal-derived like fish, lean meat, poultry, eggs, and low-fat and fat-free milk) which is why B-12-fortified diets and supplements are often recommended (but speak with your doctor before changing your diet or taking supplements).

If it all still just looks like letters and numbers to you, take a look below at the amazing benefits this B vitamin has on your body—it may just be the very addition you need.

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