Why is Vitamin B12 Important?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin (this means that it dissolves easily in water and travels faster through the bloodstream) and when taken in excess, the body will eliminate through urine.
Vitamin B12 is very important for two reasons:
It is necessary for red cell production. Without the necessary levels of B12, red cells are not able to reproduce fast enough. Red blood cells help with carrying oxygen throughout the body, hence vital for lung health, amongst other important jobs.
Is crucial for a properly functioning nervous system and brain. Low levels of B12 in the body have a major effect on the nervous system and often responsible for conditions such as depression, confusion, memory problems, and fatigue.
What are common symptoms of B12 deficiency?
-weakness and fatigue
-shortness of breath and heart palpitations
-constipation, diarrhea, gas
-nerve problems such as tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness
-mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, and memory problems
How can you improve B12 Levels?
First, it is important to determine why your Vitamin B12 levels have dropped. Is it a digestive issue (pathogens, digestion) or is it poor food choices (eating too many processed foods and not enough nutrient dense foods).
If the problem is related to a possible gut infection, you may need to supplement with Vitamin B12 until your gut is healthy and can absorb from food. Make sure to get proper testing done to determine what is the correct dosage for you and a good protocol to help strengthen and heal your gut.
If it is related to poor food choices, you can start incorporating more foods high in Vitamin B12 such as:
-grass fed beef
-free range poultry
-grass fed dairy products
-free range eggs
Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious problems when not properly diagnosed and addressed. Make sure to consult with your provider if you suspect a deficiency.