I like to call B vitamins “nature’s rogues gallery of loosely related, chemically distinct, water-soluble organic compounds.” Yes. It’s a terrible nickname, but I have a lot of time on my hands. In general, B vitamins play a huge role in cognitive functioning and metabolism, so it may be of little surprise to hear that a study done in Bogota, Columbia and published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a lack of vitamin B12–unpopularly known as cobalamin–was linked to poor academic performance.
Students who were deficient in the vitamin nearly tripled their chances of repeating a grade and were almost twice as likely to miss school. The study also found that 15% were borderline B12-deficient and that 2% full-on were. The study also looked at other micronutrients but vitamin B12 was the only one connected to being held back a year.
“Vitamin B12 is necessary for adequate brain development,” said Villamor, associate professor of epidemiology. “Deficiency very early in life or in old age has been linked to cognitive and behavioral problems, but it was not known whether it could be related to academic difficulties during school age. Grade repetition and school absenteeism are important outcomes because they predict school dropout and impair children’s options for educational advancement and development.”
Peak Endurance contains 50% of your daily vitamin B12 needs.
Children ages 8-16 should mix two teaspoons (6 g) with 8 to 16 oz of water once daily. It is not recommended for kids under eight.