The Effect Of Vitamin B12 On The Brain And Nervous System Operating Properly

981 Words Nov 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Vitamin B12 is a water- soluble vitamin that’s main function is to keep the brain and nervous system operating properly. B12 also helps aid the formation of the blood. Good food sources of Vitamin B12 are found in sardines, Salomon, tuna, cod, lamb, shrimp, beef, yogurt and cows milk. Folic acid helps to produce and maintain new cell development, as well as preventing changes in the DNA that could possible lead to cancer. Folic acid is found in foods such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, beets, liver, beans and whole- wheat products. When pregnant if women consume a combination of vitamin b12 and folic acid they tend to lower their risk for neural tube defects in their children. Neural tube defects are birth defects of the spine, brain, and the spinal cord. Usually neural tube defects happens in the first month of a women’s pregnancy. Most of the time neural tube defects occurs even before the women knows she is pregnant. The two most common types of neural tube defects are spina bifita and anencephaly. In spina bifita, the spinal column does not close all of the way, which causes nerve damage that leads to paralysis in the child’s legs. In anencephaly, most parts of the brain and skull do not fully develop. Because of the brain and the skull not fully developing, this leads to babies being stillborn or dying shortly after birth. Research has shown that women whom consume enough folic acid and b12 before or during their pregnancy reduce their chances of their children…

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