B12 Injections

B12 Injections

VITAMIN B-12 AND VITAMIN B-12 DEFICIENCY

Vitamin B-12is a water soluble vitamin which helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells. It functions as a methyl donor and works with folic acid in the synthesis of DNA and red blood cells and is vitally important in maintaining the health of the insulation sheath that surrounds nerve cells. Vitamin B-12 is also called Cobalamin, as it contains the metal cobalt. During digestion hydrochloric acid in our stomach releases B-12 from proteins in foods. This vitamin B12 then combines with a substance called gastric intrinsic factor (IF). This complex can then be absorbed by the intestinal tract. Vitamin b-12 metabolizes carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also assists in the proper functioning of the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN B-12

  • Increased Level of Energy
  • Healthier Immune System
  • Deeper and More Restful Sleep
  • Increased Metabolism
  • Improved Weight Control
  • Reduced Allergies
  • Reduced Stress
  • Reduced Depression
  • Enhanced Sexuality

Deficiencies

Though Vitamin B-12 is water-soluble it does not get excreted quickly in the urine, but rather accumulates and gets stored in the liver, kidney and other body tissues. Thus its deficiency may not manifest itself until after 5 or 6 years of a diet supplying inadequate amounts. The most common vitamin B-12 deficiency disease is pernicious anemia characterized by large, immature red blood cells. You may suffer from underlying stomach or intestinal disorder that limits the absorption of vitamin B-12. It is seen that many patients exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s actually suffer from Vitamin B-12 deficiency.

Common signs and symptoms associated with Vitamin B-12 deficiency include:

  • Anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss
  • Neurological problems such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet,
  • Difficulty in maintaining balance, Depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory,
  • Soreness of the mouth or tongue, Asthma, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus,
  • diabetic neuropathy and low sperm Counts, In infants it will lead to movement
  • disorders, delayed development, and megaloblastic anemia

Anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency can be treated by taking folic acid but it cannot correct the nerve damage also caused by B12 deficiency. Permanent nerve damage can occur if vitamin B12 deficiency is not treated.

Vegetarians have to be careful as vegetables and fruits do not provide sufficient vitamin B-12. It has been recorded that mainly strict, long-term vegetarians suffer from its deficiency. The production of the intrinsic factor required to absorb the vitamin from the small intestine also starts to decline rapidly with age. The richest dietary sources of vitamin B12 are liver, especially lamb’s liver, and kidneys. Eggs, cheese and some species of fish also supply small amounts.

Vitamin B Sources

Different B vitamins come from different natural sources, such as potatoes, bananas, lentils, chili peppers, tempeh, beans, liver oil, liver, turkey, tuna, nutritional yeast (or brewer’s yeast) and molasses. Marmite and Vegemite bill themselves as “one of the world’s richest known sources of vitamin B”. As might be expected, due to its high content of brewer’s yeast, beer is a source of B vitamins, although this may be less true for filtered beers and the alcohol in beer impairs the body’s ability to activate vitamins.

The B-12 vitamin is of note because it is not available from plant products, making B-12 deficiency a concern for vegans. Manufacturers of plant-based foods will sometimes report B-12 content, leading to confusion about what sources yield B-12.

The confusion arises because the standard US Pharmacopeia (USP) method for measuring the B-12 content does not measure the B-12 directly. Instead, it measures a bacterial response to the food. Chemical variants of the B-12 vitamin found in plant sources are active for bacteria, but cannot be used by the human body. This same phenomenon can cause significant over-reporting of B-12 content in other types of foods as well.

Vitamin B may also be delivered by injection to reverse deficiencies.

Another popular means of increasing one’s vitamin B intake is through the use of dietary supplements purchased at supermarkets, health centers, or natural food stores.

Vitamin B12 Sources

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