Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Bone Health

Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin commonly bound to protein in foods. It’s essential for many body processes, including red blood cell production, neurological function, DNA synthesis and fat and protein metabolism. Hydrochloric acid, protease enzymes and a compound called intrinsic factor present in your gastric digestive secretions are needed in order to unbind the B-12 from protein in food so your body can absorb it. You may have a hard time getting enough B-12 as you age, if you have an intestinal disorder or are vegetarian or vegan. Along with bone problems, a lack of B-12 in your body may cause anemia and decreased cognitive function.

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Bone Health

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