Vitamin B12 – Why do you need it?

 

Vitamin B12 is a remarkable “helper” that plays important chemical roles in our cells. In your body, vitamin B12 is needed in the synthesis of DNA and, thus, is essential for the health of your blood and bone marrow, as well as maintenance of your nervous system, including your brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. (more…)

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Vitamin B12 vs Multiple Sclerosis

Numbness in arms or legs, balance problems and lack of co-ordination – all these conditions can be a sign of multiple sclerosis (MS) which can strike adults aged between 20 and 40 years although symptoms can appear at any age. No two cases of MS present in the same way: some symptoms come and go and others stay. It is a very unpredictable disease.

If you have these conditions and a question concerning diet and supplements that may have direct effects on MS. There is no consent among experts regarding the cure to MS yet, but it turns out that people with MS are at higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Low levels of vitamin B12 can mimic and exacerbate many MS symptoms, including fatigue, depression and memory loss.

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Are You At Risk For Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?

Vitamin B12 is found in animal-derived foods such as meat, eggs and milk. This essential vitamin keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy. Deficiency can lead to nerve damage, anemia, tiredness, depression and numbness in the hands and feet. As we get older, we lose some of our ability to absorb B12 from food. It was observed that one in 200 elderly people lack the gastric secretions necessary to absorb B12 altogether. In addition, people with diabetes have a heightened risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency:

For the body to get enough vitamin B-12, three physiological processes should be undertaken – (more…)

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Linked to Depression

Vitamin B supplements may help people to fight depression, research suggests.   The B-complex vitamins are essential to mental and emotional well-being,  Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. They cannot be stored in our bodies, so we depend entirely on our daily diet to supply them. B vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, refined sugars, nicotine, and caffeine so it is no surprise that many people may be deficient in these. (more…)

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Vitamin B12 deficiency and How to recognize it

If you feel tired or weak, moody or depressed, your nervous system functioning and eye health are less-than-optimal you may suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. There are some more symptoms such as: loss of appetite and unintended weight loss, bad memory, constipation and gas, nervousness, premature grey hair or digestive issues. If there is a deficiency maybe you won’t solve a problem by eating foods rich in B12. (more…)

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