I read recently that more and more Americans aren’t getting enough vitamin B12 in their diet, and that older Americans are more likely to suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency than their younger counterparts. But why should we be concerned about B12 in the first place? I’m glad you asked!

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin needed for healthy cells—especially red blood cells and the cells that make up our brain and nervous system. It also plays an important role in energy production, which is why it’s sometimes called the “energy vitamin”. We get vitamin B12 from protein-rich foods like meat, fish and dairy products, but a lot of folks just aren’t getting enough through diet alone…and that’s where probiotics come in!

As you know, probiotics are the good bacteria in your gut that help crowd out harmful microbes that can cause poor digestion and disease. And in addition to their proven digestive and immune health benefits, studies show that probiotics play an important role in the manufacturing of certain vitamins needed by the body (vitamins like B12) and that they work to help the body use those vitamins more efficiently to ensure better health and energy.

So there you have it—just one more reason to add a high-potency probiotic to your daily health regimen!