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Vitamin B12

Why are we deficient?

Vitamin B12 deficiencies are more common than other B vitamins for a few reasons. The four most common reasons are:

  • pernicious anaemia (an autoimmune disorder of a lack of red blood cells due to the body not being to absorb enough vitamin B12)

  • a vegetarian or vegan diet. B12 is most abundantly found in animal products. Vegan sources of B12 are nutritional yeast (marmite), algae and seaweed, fortified foods eg cereals. However, absorption can be erratic.

  • low stomach acidity. This is an increasingly common problem especially since many people these days seem to be on antacids to counter perceived high stomach acidity. Normal acid levels are required for optimal B12 absorption.

  • Problems with absorption of nutrients. Many people have 'subclinical' gut issues. If you have a lot of gas, acid reflux, belching, loose motion and/or constipation, brain fog, migraines, joint pains etc, you probably have a gut issue like SIBO, leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome. Many people don't realise that they have gut issues.

Why do we need B12?

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a great mimicker as it can imitate many other diseases. Our body needs Vitamin B12 for a number of vital functions like energy formation, DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation and myelin formation (the insulation around your nerve endings that allows them to communicate). So it is easy to imagine what could happen if you have a deficiency. Below is a small snapshot:

Brain Symptoms

  • Depression or feeling down

  • Sleep problems

  • Memory problems and brain fog

  • Weakness in limbs

Body Symptoms

  • Anaemia

  • Tired all the time (TATT)

  • Infertility

  • Multiple miscarriages

  • Low sperm count

The cost of the Vitamin B12 Injection is £40.00 and discounted packages of multiple injections are available.



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