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New Research Shows Importance Of Consuming Enough Vitamin B12 In Pregnancy


“A new study published in Nutrition Research has found that children born to a mother with a low intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy were at increased risk of adverse development specific to certain speech and mathematical abilities.” [Source:]


Vitamin B12 deficiency is by no means as uncommon as many doctors might think. This is particularly the case in older people. A study published in 2018 by researchers from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, found that a substantial number of adults over 50 are at risk of being deficient in this micronutrient.

Low levels of vitamin B12 can also occur in young people. In young boys, an insufficient supply of this micronutrient is associated with behavior problems when they get to middle school.

People eating vegan diets are particularly at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, as the micronutrient is mostly only found in animal products. Recognizing this, in 2019 the German Nutrition Society updated its vitamin B12 reference values to recommend vegan diet followers take a higher dose daily supplement of it than previously advised, in order to compensate for the regimen’s nutritional deficiencies.

Vegetarians may also have low intakes of vitamin B12. While vegetarians who consume dairy products and eggs will be obtaining at least some vitamin B12, many still have insufficient levels of this essential micronutrient.

To check out Dr. Rath’s science-based advice on the daily supplementation of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and other important cellular nutrients, visit the special Cellular Health Recommendations feature page on our website.