Vitamin B12 Deficiency : What Is Vitamin B12 Good For?

Where is Vitamin B12 is needed ?

Vitamins are substances that man needs to keep the body healthy. Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin.

Vitamin B12 is required for:

*the making of DNA. DNA is in every cell of your body. In the DNA's genetic information. For example, the DNA determines what color eyes or hair you have.
*the making of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs through the blood to all parts of your body.
*a good structure and a good start of your nervous system.

Problems by too little vitamin B12

A long low vitamin B12 is not common. Most people have a large stock of vitamin B12 in their bodies. Even if you have a year no meat, fish, milk and eggs used, you usually don't have a reduced vitamin B12.

The main 2 consequences of a strongly reduced vitamin B12 may include:

*anemia; by anemia you may experience:
-a tired and weak feeling
-soon be short of breath with exertion
-feel faint
-heart palpitations
-ringing in the ears
*disorders of the nervous system: tingling, actions and movements are less precise
It is important to know that not all people with low vitamin B12 have complaints or abnormalities.

If you often feel dizzy or tired, less things to remember if you can not concentrate or can have various causes. The anemia can be caused by, but very likely not only by a low vitamin B12.

The amount of vitamin B12 in your blood may allow, if necessary, the GP blood tests to determine.

Where does Vitamin B12 come from ?

The only way people vitamin B12 given with food where vitamin B12 in it:


How does vitamin B12 in all that food?
Many animals (especially ruminants), bacteria and fungi in their stomach or intestines are making vitamin B12. The vitamin B12 is absorbed through the intestinal wall and thereby introduced into the body of the animals. In this way, the vitamin than in the organs (especially the liver), the muscles, the eggs and the milk of these animals.

People have also bacteria and fungi that make B12. They are in the end of the colon. But the vitamin B12 can be there no longer included in the body. Therefore people have vitamin B12 from the food mentioned above.

 Vitamins are substances that man needs to keep the body healthy Vitamin B12 Deficiency : What Is Vitamin B12 Good For?

Allowing someone gets too little vitamin B12 ?

A vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused by:

*nutrition where too little vitamin B12 in it. For example in:
-Vegans because no meat, no fish, but also use no dairy products or eggs.
-Vegetarians who use too little milk or eggs (a vegetarian who eats plenty of dairy products and eggs, getting enough vitamin B12).
-Alcoholics, people who use daily excessive alcohol and also little food, often have low vitamin B12. Their stomach and intestines take vitamin B12 less well.
*a stomach or intestinal disease causing vitamin B12 in the food can not be absorbed by the intestine. for instance:
-An autoimmune disease with a particular inflammation of the gastric mucosa (atrophic gastritis).
-Crohn's disease in which there is a chronic inflammation of the intestine.
*prolonged use of certain drugs, such as
-Certain antacids (proton pump inhibitors)
-A remedy for diabetes mellitus: metformin.

What can I do with a low vitamin B12 ?

Is your vitamin B12 too low? You can do this:

*Look at what you eat and drink. With healthy diet ensures that you get enough vitamin B12. Especially for vegetarians is especially important to eat every day milk and / or egg.
*Are you vegan? Then take a tablet every day vitamin B12.
By gastro-intestinal diseases, proper treatment of the disease is important, as with the Crohn's disease. In atrophic gastritis, it is often necessary to take extra vitamin B12.
*Is it too low vitamin B12 by medications? Then it is important to check with your doctor whether you can stop taking the medication and / or other drugs can get.

When vitamin B12 tablets swallow ?

Do you have low vitamin B12 but no complaints? Then vitamin B12 tablets unnecessary. Healthy eating is important, so with daily meat, fish, dairy products or eggs.

Do you have low vitamin B12 and

*no anemia but
*have symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, memory and concentration problems?

May advise a trial of vitamin B12 tablets. Your doctor Take one tablet per day of 1000 micrograms. Are the symptoms after four months away? Then you stop the trial treatment. You go talk to your doctor to look for other causes of your symptoms. The symptoms disappear while you are taking vitamin B12 tablets, stop after 6 months and see if the symptoms stay away. Blood tests are no longer necessary.

Do you have low vitamin B12 and

*an inflammation of the stomach lining (atrophic gastritis) and / or
*anemia, and / or
*tingling and less precise movements?

Then you need a tablet of 1000 micrograms of vitamin B12 swallow every day. Discuss this with your doctor. When recording, disorder of vitamin B12 by inflammation of the gastric mucosa tablets vitamin B12 will also work.

Vegans can best use 1000 micrograms of vitamin B12 daily.

Vitamin B12 tablets you can buy at the pharmacy or drugstore without a prescription. They are not reimbursed. Please ensure that the tablets of 1000 micrograms.

At times are necessary, injections of vitamin B12, for example:

*if you have severe symptoms and your vitamin B12 reduced.
*if you have a greatly reduced vitamin B12, to the amount of vitamin B12 quickly increment.
*if you can not swallow medicine.

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