Vitamin B-12 makes red blood cells, prevents pernicious anemia.
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How to Correct a Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
B-12 is for Red Blood Cells
B-12 is necessary for the proper growth and development of your body's red blood cells. Pernicious anemia, a disease that was fatal before 1920, can result when the body does not absorb enough vitamin B-12.
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Cures Pernicious Anemia
It was discovered that pernicious anemia could be cured by eating large amounts of liver, and later it was found that liver contains both B-12 and a substance (intrinsic factor) which your body requires to effectively absorb B-12.
Food is Best Source of B-12
Foods are your best sources of all nutrients. If your chart shows deficiencies of any B vitamins, increase your intake of vitamin B-rich foods,
B-12 is for Controlling Damaging Amino Acid
It is thought that B-12 may also play a role in controlling blood levels of homocysteine, the amino acid which is believed to cause damage to blood vessels. Taking supplements of vitamins B-12, B-6 and folic acid has been shown to return the level of homocysteine to normal, and thus it is believed that these B vitamins may provide valuable protection against heart disease.
B-12 is for Nerve Fibers and Genetic Material
Additionally, vitamin B-12 is necessary for the function of all nerve fibres, and for the production of genetic material within cells and the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
When B-12 levels are low, sometimes a B-12 shot is necessary
B-12 Deficiency Common in Elderly
Vitamin B-12 deficiency is more common in the elderly than in younger people.
Eggs are a good source.
How to Increase Your B-12
- Take a good multivitamin/mineral capsule or a B-complex tablet daily (with a meal)
- follow all recommendations to improve your digestion.
- B-12 is the only vitamin that is found in very few vegetarian sources.
- B-12 is most plentiful in:
- milk products
- The following contain some B-12. Although reports vary about their reliability as sources, they are very nutritious foods and it would be a good idea to add them to your diet. We need only very tiny amounts of B-12 but it is crucial:
- Sea vegetables such as:
- bladder wrack
- sea palm
- tempeh (a fermented soy product)
- B-12 is the only vitamin that is stored in the liver and most people have enough stored in the liver to last at least five years.
- The only people who may not get enough B-12 in their diets are long-time vegans who haven't eaten any dairy food or eggs for some years.
- They may need supplements, especially pregnant or nursing women.
- (Note that many vegans have adequate B-12 blood levels and never need supplements.)
- Vitamin B-12 works with vitamin B-6 and folic acid.
- Low levels of B-6 inhibit B-12 absorption.
- Smoking also inhibits absorption of B-12.
- Most people who have a vitamin B-12 deficiency have plenty in their diets, but are unable to absorb it, due to lack of intrinsic factor (a substance necessary for the absorption of B-12).
- Sufficient stomach acid is also necessary for vitamin B-12 absorption, therefore many older adults are at risk of B-12 deficiency.
- Many of the symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency resemble those of other nutritional imbalances, symptoms such as.:
- A blood test will determine if you have a B-12 deficiency.
- If your doctor does prescribe a supplement, look for a sublingual (under the tongue) pill or a nasal supplement as they are easier to absorb.
- B-12 supplements should be taken about one hour before meals for best absorption.