Whenever you see B12 supplements the manufacturers are sure to tell you that it is important in helping your body to create energy on a cellular level. While energy is great, what difference can extra vitamin B12 make for an athlete who is training or competing?
There are two main benefits to B12 supplementation that do not get pasted onto the front of every bottle that may be even more important to athletes than the extra energy. For one, studies have shown that B12 deficiency can lead to a decrease in one’s ability to balance and play balance related sports (And lets be honest, what sport does not require balance?).
B12 is also important in helping red blood cells to transfer oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. Obviously, during times of extreme physical exertion making sure your body is able to properly process and utilize oxygen is of utmost importance.
While this post only lightly touches on B12’s benefits for athletes, we will continue to share additional information and facts going forward. In fact, we link to a number of articles and pieces of third party literature on B12’s benefits here for those of you who simply can’t wait!