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The Importance of B12

 

Recently, I found out I was low in B12. My doctor wants me to start taking 1000 MCG of B12 daily. I decided it was time for me to do some research and write up an article about it. While researching, I discovered that those of us who suffer from an autoimmune disorder need to include B12 into our daily life. There are other reasons to take B12. Unfortunately, B12 is not found in plants, it is only found in animal products. Therefore, it seems funny to me that those who are vegan or vegetarian make claims that this is the healthiest diet there is. God created us to need animal products, such as eggs, cheese, milk, and even meat because animal products help with building our DNA and our red blood cells and even our nerves. I’m coming to an understanding that it is a moderation of eating both animal and plants in order to be our full healthy self. Finding that balance is key. I know, I know, it is a struggle. It is easier to eat mindlessly and not have anything to worry about. Unfortunately, that mindset is a myth.

Those who have or have had a B12 deficiency:

  • Those who suffer from Anemia
  • Those who have had weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass or the lap band
  • Those who have had their small intestine removed
  • Those who have Crohns disease or Celiac Disease
  • Those who have bacterial growth
  • Those who have parasites
  • Those who are heavy drinkers
  • Those who have autoimmune disorders
  • Those who have had long term use of acid reducing drugs
  • Those who are Vegan or vegetarian
  • Babies who are born to Vegans or Vegetarian mothers
  • Those who are 50 years of age or older

The symptoms of B12 deficiency:

  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Light headedness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breathe
  • Pale skin
  • Smooth tongue
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gas
  • Nerve problems
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Problems walking
  • Vision loss
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Behavioral changes

For me, my doctor suggested that I start taking 1000 MCG a day. I believe that you need to have your doctor test your blood for B12 and then follow his recommended dosage. Because you can take too much B12. Always, always follow your doctor’s advice and keep track of all the medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins you take. Because if the doctor doesn’t know what you are taking or your pharmacy, then there can be interactions with your medications. For me, I ask for a copy of my medication list and I keep it in my purse and one in my planner. It’s a small way that I can make sure I have it with me when I go to the doctor, especially if I am going to the ER or having surgery.

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