One very common deficiency which is rarely talked about is a B12 deficiency.
This is an extremely common cause of energy problems (amongst many other things), but is very common nowadays, especially in people with digestive issues (including Crohn’s and Colitis) and acid reflux problems.
Could it be a problem for you?...
What can cause a B12 deficiency?
One common reason for a B12 deficiency is inflammation.
B12 is mainly absorbed through the small intestine and so if that is inflamed, damaged or even removed, then your body will be struggling to absorb this important vitamin.
Therefore taking steps, and using supplements, that may help to reduce inflammation can be very important.
The main dietary source of B12 is from meat.
This can mean that vegetarians and vegans, and those who don’t eat much meat, are at much greater risk of a deficiency.
Some people also can have an overgrowth of bacteria in their small bowel (which can cause bloating, gas, urgent BM’s and more).
This is known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and can too result in poor B12 absorption.
It’s also possible that someone can be B12 deficient because of a mutation at one of their genes (known as MTHFR).
A mutation of this gene would mean someone is less able to methylate B12 or convert it in to its useful form.
A gene mutation may sound unlikely but you’d be surprised to know that this can affect around 50% of the population.
Certain drugs/medications will rob the body of B12.
Obviously when you live with a health conditions its highly possible you are on medication or have been in the past, and so this could be a factor.
Finally, problems with stomach acid levels can be a driver.
This is a very common problem and will mean that your food is not being appropriately broken down, thereby preventing optimal nutrient absorption.
How do you know if you are deficient?
Obviously a doctor can test your levels but commons signs that you are deficient in B12 include:
- Fatigue / Weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Bruising easily
- Poor mood
- Brain fog
- Digestive issues
If ignored long term, a B12 deficiency can leads to serious problems and permanent damage and could cause dementia, infertility, multiple sclerosis and many other conditions.
How do you increase your B12 levels?
The best dietary sources of B12 in the diet are from meat, fish and eggs.
If deficient it’s possible that a doctor will prescribe B12 injections, but for many people a more appropriate, simple solution is supplementation.
If you do use B12 in supplement form then having it in the form of Methylcobalamin instead of Cyanocobalamin is important as your body will much more likely be able to use it effectively in this form.
This is what we have included in our Advanced Multi in high amounts, because we know just how important it is.
I hope that helps.
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