Pernicious Anaemia is the most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency, it is an autoimmune condition effecting the stomach which means the immune system attacks healthy cells within the body.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a worldwide problem and it is estimated that nearly 6 million people in the UK are deficient however it is possible that many more people have not yet been diagnosed.
Nearly 40% of members of the Pernicious Anaemia Society have had their deficiency wrongly diagnosed, meaning there is likely to be many millions of people feeling ill but who have yet to be told that they are B12 deficient.
Vitamin B12 is combined with a protein called intrinsic factor in the stomach, this mix is then absorbed into the body in a part of the gut. Pernicious Anaemia causes the immune system to attack the cells which produce the intrinsic factor, meaning the body is unable to absorb vitamin B12 from food.
Those diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia need replacement therapy B12 for life, preferably in a form that bypasses the stomach.
The preferred treatment method for those diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia is through the injection of artificial B12 into the muscle at regular intervals. The length of time between treatment can mean that symptoms of deficiency can return before the next injection.
This is where intra-oral sprays can help, many members of the Pernicious Anaemia Society use oral spray technology to keep B12 levels ‘topped up’ between injections. An oral spray offers a fast and effective delivery of this vital vitamin directly into the bloodstream for optimal absorption.
An oral spray should not be used as a substitute for these injections but is an effective way to supplement treatment.
We work closely with the Pernicious Anaemia Society and their chairman Martyn Hooper.
Feedback from the society has been very positive and you can read Martyn’s thoughts on intraoral supplementation on his blog.