Question. What do these groups of people have in common?
- Older adults
- Lactating and pregnant women
- Those on medications for a long period of time
- Those with problems in the gut
The answer is that these groups are at high risk for Vitamin B12 anemia. B12 is an essential water soluble vitamin commonly found in animal foods such as eggs, fish and dairy products. Those who do not either consume such products OR do not absorb them properly are at significant health risks. B12 is vital to our DNA. Yes, it is that important.
B12 is required for our genetic cellular makeup and has far reaching implication for the health our our red blood cells and nerve cells. RBCs carry oxygen from the lungs to other vital body parts while nerves cells send important signals throughout the entire system.
Without healthy levels of B12, RBCs fail to get enough oxygen. End result is that “worn out, run down” feeling that many people express. Overall B12 deficiencies lead to muscle weakness, fatigue, disturbed dreams, incontinence, low brain functioning, dementia, depression and mood disturbances. These can occur with even a slight drop in B12.
Although B12 does not get the press that Vitamin C, for example, gets it is a major player in the hierarchy of nutrition the body needs.
Doc Wellness Commentary: There are many forms of B12 on the market. The most effective one I have found is called “For-Til B12” by Standard Process. They combine the wonderful herb Tillansia with quality sources of B12. In addition to raising levels, it is also a natural hormonal balancer/regulator.
Also, if you get injections of B12, be sure to avoid the Cyanocobalin version of B12. It contains toxins. Look for Hydroxycobalin. Just as effective but much safer.