(Shishira Sreenivas/ Web MD) — Vitamins and minerals are substances your body needs to build energy, help you stay healthy, and function properly. To naturally maintain your day-to-day energy levels, it’s best to get your vitamins from your food. But if you’re not able to meet your daily requirement through food alone, you may reach for supplements to make up the difference.
But do supplements really boost energy? Some may make a difference, but others may need more research to back up the energy-boosting claims.
B12 is a type of nutrient that keeps you blood and nerve cells healthy. It also helps your body make genetic material (DNA). It’s naturally found in animal-based foods only. So, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you may not be getting enough. This can also happen if you’re pregnant, anemic, or have trouble absorbing it. (…)