Throughout the world, millions of people are struggling with a deficiency in vitamin B12. Could you be part of this group?
It's easy to assume that, as long as you take a multivitamin or eat reasonably healthy, it's impossible to be deficient in vitamins or minerals. That's definitely not the case, though.
What Is Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) is an essential nutrient. It helps to keep the nerve cells and blood cells healthy. It also contributes to the formation of DNA, which is the genetic material found in all of the cells of the body, and it prevents us from becoming anemic.
All humans need vitamin B12 to feel well and for their bodies to function optimally.
Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Many people don't find out that they're deficient in vitamin B12 until they get a blood test from their doctor. However, there are lots of signs and symptoms that can help you to decide whether or not a lack of B12 is contributing to your health problems.
Here are some of the most common signs of a B12 deficiency for which you ought to be on the lookout:
- Muscle weakness
- Rapid heart rate
- Becoming short of breath easily
- Pale skin
- Digestive problems, including constipation, gas, and/or diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Nerve problems (numbness, tingling, difficulty walking, etc.)
- Loss of vision
- Memory loss
- Changes in mood or behaviour
Anyone has the potential to become deficient in vitamin B12. However, some people are more prone to this condition than others. The following individuals are most likely to develop a deficiency in this essential vitamin:
- Those who have thin stomach lining (atrophic gastritis)
- Those who have small intestinal disorders (Crohn's disease, bacterial overgrowth, parasitic infections, celiac disease, etc.)
- Those who have immune system disorders (Graves' disease, lupus, etc.)
- Those who take certain medications, including heartburn medications, H2 blockers, and diabetes medications, all of which can interfere with B12 absorption
- Those who eat a vegan or vegetarian diet
- Those who smoke
- Those who drink alcohol in excess
- Ageing individuals
As you can see, there are a lot of factors that can contribute to symptoms of B12 deficiency. Luckily, though, there are quite a few ways that you can incorporate it into your diet and reduce your risk of deficiency.
The Best Ways to Get Vitamin B12
If you know or suspect that you're not getting enough vitamin B12, you have options. Here are some of the most effective strategies for increasing your B12 levels:
Eat More B12-Rich Foods
One of the easiest ways to get more vitamin B12 is to eat more foods that naturally contain this vitamin. The following foods are all considered to be rich sources of vitamin B12:
- Dairy products
As you can see, all of these common sources of B12 come from animals. This explains why it's common for vegans and vegetarians (especially those who don't make it a priority to consume dairy and eggs on a regular basis) to develop a B12 deficiency. If you're a vegan or don't consume any of these foods regularly, you can also get vitamin B12 from fortified foods like nutritional yeast, bread, cereal, and pasta.
Get B12 Shots
Vitamin B12 injections contain high levels of cyanocobalamin, the man-made version of vitamin B12. These shots can be self-administered or administered in a doctor's office.
B12 injections will quickly increase vitamin B12 levels in folks who are already deficient. Because of this, they are an effective option for those who are experiencing severe symptoms and need to increase their levels as soon as possible.
There are some potentially negative side effects associated with B12 shots, though. This list includes the following:
- Pain, itching, or redness at the injection site
In rare cases, some individuals may experience muscle cramps, heartbeat irregularities, or swelling of the feet or ankles after receiving these injections. Allergic reactions can occur on rare occasions, too.
Take B12 Supplements
Most people don't experience any side effects when they receive B12 injections. However, they still might not be the most practical or affordable option for the average person. This is where an oral B12 supplement can be more effective.
Before you run out to your local pharmacy and pick up the first vitamin B12 supplement you see on the shelf, it's important to understand what you should be looking for. Certain types of B12 supplements are more beneficial than others.
For example, rather than taking a B12 capsule or tablet, you'll likely be better off using a NanoCelle activated spray. NanoCelle is a special delivery system that safely, effectively, and conveniently administers vitamin B12 onto the oro-buccal membrane, which is located on the inside of the cheek.
When you use this type of spray, the vitamin is delivered in nano-particle size. This allows it to be directly absorbed into the bloodstream, which allows you to raise your vitamin B12 levels faster and experience the benefits of supplementation sooner.
You get to avoid the digestive pathway with this approach, too. This promotes better absorption and saves you from experiencing potential digestive complications.
Research shows that this method of administration is more effective than other types of B12 supplementation, including B12 injections. As an added bonus, it's also more affordable than many of these approaches.
Increase Your B12 Absorption Today
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