Feb 25, 2013 LifeXMD.com – Feb. 15, 2013 -- Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in the optimal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins and is critical in the metabolism of every cell of your body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production. It is the largest and most structurally complicated vitamin. A Vitamin B12 deficiency can result in a number of diseases such as fatigue, loss of appetite, anemia, weakness, depression, faulty memory, asthma, eye problems and low sperm count. If you want to optimize your energy level and cognitive functioning, B12 should be a key component of your supplementation program. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can result in a host of illnesses like anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, poor memory, soreness of the mouth, asthma, vision problems, and a low sperm count. However, vitamin B12 deficiency is rare as the liver stores enough reserves to last a couple of years. Some benefits of vitamin B 12 are: • It is needed to convert carbohydrates (starches) into glucose (a form of sugar) in the body, thus leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy in the body. • It helps in healthy functioning of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress and brain shrinkage. • It helps maintain a healthy digestive process and protects against heart disease by reducing bad cholesterol levels. This has the effect of protecting against stroke and high blood pressure. • It is a key vitamin for healthy skin, hair and nails. It helps in cell reproduction and renewal of the skin. • It helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung and prostrate cancers. There are several forms of Vitamin B12, all of which are called “vitamin B12,” but only one, methylcobalamin, is the optimum form that should be used in the vast majority of cases. Methylcobalamin is a key component in the prescribed supplementation programs for patients at LifeXMD. Technically a `coenzyme` of vitamin B12, methylcobalamin is almost never used even though it is effective, readily available and inexpensive. Not only has methylcobalamin been shown to work in alleviating neurological diseases, it also helps with the elimination of toxins from the body. One of the ways that humans can detox their bodies is through a process called 'Methylation'. Methylation is a key function of a healthy body, but very often we 'use up' the necessary raw materials needed for methylation because of our daily exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins. Methylcobalamin is actually able to replenish the 'methyl' portion that is missing in methylation, while the other forms of vitamin B12 cannot. While getting enough vitamin B12 is an important factor for maintaining general well being, getting the right kind, methylcobalamin, is just as important. LifeXMD is the leader in comprehensive life-enhancing vitality support. Offering physician-supervised bio-identical hormone replacement as well as a full range of wellness modalities, we can help you defy the effects of aging, meet your fitness goals and get back to full enjoyment of your life. Visit www.LifeXMD.com today for more information or to schedule a No Charge Consultation.