Importance of Good Vitamin B Levels
B vitamins are key for good health because B vitamins provide energy to the body as well as maintaining a healthy nervous system, and essential for skin, hair, and eyes.
Those at risk for depleting B vitamins faster include individuals who are under constant stress, fast often, eat a vegan diet, have a poor diet, have digestive issues, or are on certain medications.
Medications linked to depleting vitamin B levels include:
-heartburn drugs (prescription or over-the-counter)
-diuretics (high blood pressure/water retention)
-birth control pills
-hormone replacement therapy
What are common symptoms of B vitamin deficiency:
-constipation/diarrhea/loss of appetite/gas
-nerve problems such as tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or even burning sensation on skin
-mental health problems such as depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes
How can a deficiency be treated?
A simple blood test can help determine if levels are low. A thorough health evaluation can also determine the cause of the deficiency and how best to address it.
Meanwhile, diet is the best way to help boost B vitamin levels. Foods rich in B vitamins include:
-salmon (preferably wild caught)
-organ meats (especially liver)
-oysters, clams, mussels
-chicken and turkey
In cases in which malabsorption is an issue, the intravenous approach may be the best option as it sends vitamins directly into the bloodstream.