Friday, November 2, 2012

Stay revitalized and healthy with the power of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, plays an important role in the normal functioning of the brain and central nervous system, as well as in blood formation. Because it is water soluble, as is the case with all B Complex vitamins, Vitamin B12 requires routine replacement. The B Complex vitamins serve a vital role in keeping our skin, hair, eyes, liver, nerve cells, red blood cells, DNA and RNA in optimum condition. The B vitamins also help our bodies convert carbohydrates into energy-producing glucose, giving us the energy boost we need to function at our best in our busy, daily lives!

The natural sources of Vitamin B12 are all found in animal foods, including beef, liver, kidneys, pork, fish, shellfish, diary products and eggs. Unhealthy eating habits (eating too much processed food), dieting, eating disorders, atrophic gastritis, weight loss stomach surgery, excessive alcohol consumption, vegetarian and particularly vegan diets can typically result in a deficiency of Vitamin B12.  Also, as we age it becomes more difficult for our bodies to absorb Vitamin B12 from food sources. This is especially true for people over age 50.

Those who are deficient in this important energy vitamin could experience a variety of symptoms including:

  • extreme fatigue
  • weakness
  • light-headedness
  • diarrhea
  • upset stomach
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty walking
  • pale skin
  • easy bruising or bleeding
  • depression
  • mood swings
  • memory loss
  • dementia
  • numbness in the fingers and toes
  • rapid heartbeat
  • lower sperm count.

Fortunately, these often-debilitating conditions can be avoided or overcome by not only utilizing proper dietary sources of Vitamin B12, but also through oral and injected supplementation.

Fresh Vitality is pleased to offer our patients the benefits of oral Vitamin B12 supplements (which should always be taken with water after eating to avoid stomach upset) and Vitamin B12 injections.

Vitamin B12 is safe and non-toxic, but because there can be a potential for side effects and interactions with certain medications, you should always consult your health care provider before starting any Vitamin B12 regimen.

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