Are you feeling sluggish or having a difficult time exercising for long periods of time? Are you bruising more easily? Do you have vitamin B12 deficiency?
Vitamin B12 (or B12), also called cobalamin, is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.
B12 is produced in the gut of animals, making it the only vitamin you cannot get from plants of sunlight. It can be found in foods such as meat, fish, and dairy products.
Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency can happen if you have certain conditions, such as:
1. Atrophic gastritis (a condition in which your stomach lining has thinned)
2. Pernicious anemia, which makes it hard for your body to absorb vitamin B12
3. Surgery that removed part of your stomach or small intestine, including weight loss surgery
4. Conditions affecting the small intestine, such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, bacterial overgrowth.
5. Heavy drinking
6. Immune system disorders (Graves’ disease or lupus, etc.)
7. Long-term use of acid-reducing medications (Nexium, Prilosec, Zantac, etc) or Long-term use of diabetes medication, Metformin.
8. You can also get vitamin B12 deficiency if you’re a vegan (meaning you don’t eat any animal products, including meat, milk, cheese, and eggs) or a vegetarian who doesn’t eat enough eggs or dairy products to meet your vitamin B12 needs.
Since a deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, depression, and problems with your memory, it is important to treat it.
There are two non-prescription vitamin B12 supplements I recommend for my patients:
1. KIND Organics Vitamin B12 Spray (by Garden of Life)
KIND Organics from Garden of Life® offers a full range of Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified supplements made only from real food—over 30 fruits, vegetables and herbs. Absolutely free of synthetic binders and fillers, meaningful amounts of vitamins and minerals are carefully combined to benefit specific dietary needs.
However, you can also get shots of vitamin B-12 for the treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency.
So if you’re experiencing fatigue, weakness, and a decline in your memory, you may be deficient in Vitamin B12. Talk to your healthcare provider and have your vitamin B12 level checked.