Is Vitamin B12 really a growing deficiency?
by Mary-Lousie Condon
Vitamin B12 the silent deficiency! Vitamin B12 depletion is much more common than previously thought, and often not diagnosed; especially in the over-60 population. In fact, it's believed that almost one in four women have deficient levels of this vital vitamin.
Vitamin B12 deficiency does not occur overnight. It starts with declining blood levels, then the levels decline at a cellular level, leading to increased homocysteine levels and the finish is full blown anaemia.
Equally disturbing are emerging signs that other age groups harbor suboptimal blood levels of B12 as well. Who is at greatest risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency?
- Over 60
- On medication to help gastric ulceration, reflux, or discomfort
- On diabetic medication such as metformin
- Suffer with coeliac disease, gluten intolerance, Crohn’s disease and IBS suffers
- Predisposed to miscarriages & infertility
- Vegans & vegetarians
Why is vitamin B12 so important?
Your body depends on vitamin B12 for a host of functions, including…
- Helping to maintain normal energy levels*
- Promoting healthy neurological activity, including mental alertness*
- Supporting normal homocysteine levels for healthy cardiac function*
- Helping to ease occasional stress and sleeplessness*
- Maintaining healthy cell growth and repair*
- Promoting normal immune function*
- Supporting normal metabolism of carbohydrates and fats*
When your blood levels of vitamin B12 are low, one or more of these functions may be disrupted. *
Without adequate blood levels of B12, you can experience symptoms related to low energy, mental fatigue, mood changes, sleep difficulties, and even occasional indigestion. *
Your body relies on the efficient conversion of carbohydrates to glucose – your body's source of fuel – just like your car needs to be able to use gas to run smoothly. Vitamin B12 plays a major role in that conversion in your body. * Likewise, B12 enables your body to convert fatty acids into energy as well. *
Contrary to what you might have heard, there is no solid evidence that supplemental vitamin B12 helps you lose weight.
Overall, vitamin B12 is a nutrient your body cannot do without for efficient, healthy metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. *
How You Become Vitamin B12 Deficient
The older you get, the more likely you are to have a vitamin B12 deficiency. The two ways that you become deficient in vitamin B12 are from not getting enough in your diet and from losing the ability to absorb it.
The older you get, the more your digestive system breaks down, especially if you have been following the standard western diet. Specifically, the lining of your stomach gradually loses its ability to produce hydrochloric acid which releases vitamin B12 from your food. The use of antacids or anti-ulcer drugs will also lower your stomach acid secretion and decrease your ability to absorb vitamin B12. Infection with Helicobacter pylori, a common contributor to stomach ulcers, can also result in vitamin B12 deficiency.
However, the main cause of vitamin B12 deficiency is a term researchers call food-cobalamin malabsorption syndrome. Cobalamin is the scientific term for vitamin B12. This typically results when your stomach lining loses its ability to produce intrinsic factor, which is a protein that binds to vitamin B12 and allows your body to absorb it at the end of your small intestine. The only way we know this is to do a blood test and find out.
NEW Form of Vitamin B12 Not Found in Health Food and Vitamin Stores or regular Pharmacies!
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Otherwise, you could be wasting your time. How could that be?
Well, the answer simply put is… not all types of B12 (cobalamins) are created equal. There are generally three main types of cobalamins used in B12 supplements…
- Methyl cobalamin
Even though cyanocobalamin B12 is probably the most popular form of B12 in supplements, I don't believe it's the most effective. That distinction goes to meth cobalamin (methyl B12). Methyl B12 is a wonderful methyl donor for undermethylations as well as supplementing B12.
Compounded high strength Methyl B12 Oral solution, sublingual drops or liposomal cream are all excellent ways to increase your B12 levels. We make a solution where each dose you receive 5000 micrograms, research says that 5000 strength is equal to injectable form in effect. We also can provide B12 injections to help you increase your levels on a prescription.
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What Critical Health Benefits Does this Vitamin Bring to the Table?
For starters, vitamin B12 helps folic acid regulate the formation of red blood cells, and helps your body use iron. It is also needed for proper digestion, food absorption, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. It also helps keep your nervous system healthy by assisting the nerves of your body to function and communicate in an optimal manner.
B12 also helps in cell formation and cellular longevity. Plus, it can support female reproductive health, and promote normal nerve growth and development by maintaining the fatty sheaths. These fatty sheaths play a vital role as they cover and protect your nerve endings. B12 is also critical for adrenal function and circulation and supports a healthy mood and feelings of well-being. And then there's this -- it also provides excellent support for your memory, mental clarity, and concentration.
If You Avoid Meat, You Probably Need to Take B12
Vegans and vegetarians have an increased need for vitamin B12
Many people avoid red meats for a large variety of reasons. If you are one of them, you are at a high risk for developing vitamin B12 deficiency. Why? Because plant sources have virtually no vitamin B12. And oral forms of B12 in nearly all supplements are practically useless if purchased from over the counter as little is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Studies suggest that 10% to 30% of patients taking Metformin show evidence of reduced vitamin B12 absorption. That's why it is important to speak with your doctor to discuss the best way to maintain B12 levels when taking this medication.
Now, if getting a good night's sleep has also become increasingly more difficult for you, here's...
What Your Sleeping Difficulties May Be Trying to Tell You!
If you suffer from sleeping difficulties, I recommend taking vitamin B12 during the day. B12 plays a vital role in melatonin production. Melatonin is the sleep hormone because it is responsible for letting you get a good night's sleep.
As you age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to get a good night's sleep because your body becomes less efficient at making this hormone. And that's why it's a good idea to take B12 to help you sleep like a baby each night.
Moreover, a vitamin b12 deficiency can have other annoying consequences too. Tiredness, weakness, poor eye health, loss of appetite, constipation and just feeling moody. Or how about loss of memory, nervousness and premature grey hair. If you have any of these then get a blood test today appointments can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07 3862 6000