B 12 plays a vital role in many areas of the body. It supports normal function of your nerve cells, is important in your body’s energy production pathways and red blood cell formation, preventing anemia, as well as supports healthy skin, hair and nails. More than that studies indicate its importance in; the development of the fetus preventing birth defects, support in bone health preventing osteoporosis, reduction of macular degeneration, improving mood and depression, preventing the loss of neurons in the brain, and protecting the heart by decreasing homocysteine. As we age we absorb less and less of this important vitamin due to a lower production of hydrochloric acid being produced in the stomach. Those with gut problems such as Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease, people with gastrointestinal surgeries, and vegans have problems absorbing B12. Also, those on the medication of metformin and proton pump inhibitors that interfere with the absorption of B12 can be deficient then there is stress that uses it rapidly. Testing can show your levels. At Natural Holistic Medical Center, we offer oral and injections of B12 to bring you back up to needed levels.