6 Facts About Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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6-facts-about-vitamin-b12-deficiencyFind out how important vitamin B12 is for your body and how to replenish it.There is a lot of misinformation and confusion about supplements. Vitamins are found in the nutrients in our food. If we don’t get enough of something for proper function, we need to replenish the deficiency.
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Vitamin B12 helps keep your nervous system and blood cells healthy. Low B12 causes symptoms right away. Tingling of fingers and toes, fatigue, anxiety and depression are common.
Your B12 level may check out on your lab tests. That doesn’t prove that your cells are absorbing the vitamin. It’s a good idea to take a B12 supplement. It’s water soluble so your body can easily eliminate any excess.
Your gut health may need to be improved in order to break down B12 in your digestive tract. A sublingual tablet absorbs directly into your body.
Six Facts About Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  1. There aren’t many natural B12-rich foods.
  2. Vegetarians and vegans are at greater risk for B12 deficiency.
  3. Your body doesn’t store B12 for long.
  4. B12 helps make your DNA and red blood cells.
  5. Heavy drinking and long-term use of acid-reduction medications inhibit B12 absorbency.
  6. We need more B12 as we age but it’s harder for our bodies to absorb.
Listen as pharmacist Sherry Kelishadi joins Dr. Holly Lucille to discuss the importance of getting enough vitamin B12.
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