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Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Feeling tired all the time? Memory not what it used to be? Struggling to complete physical tasks that you used to normally take in your stride? Missing your joie de vivre? All these are common complaints that can result from a myriad of different medical problems… but there is often just one cause that links them all – vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Where do we get B12 from?

We get B12 from animal products such as meat, fish, milk and eggs.

However, you may be struggling to get enough through a healthy diet as it is notoriously hard to absorb through the gut. It is one of the water soluble B vitamins which is bound to protein within food.

Where do we get B12 from?
What does vitamin B12 do?

What does vitamin B12 do?

Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of red blood cells and the development and normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, particularly those aspects which determine concentration, learning, memory and reasoning.

It has also been proven to help reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Who needs vitamin B12?

Vegans and vegetarians are typically vulnerable unless they take supplementary measures. Its role in supporting healthy cell division and folic acid metabolism also raises the importance of adequate levels within women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Finally people who have malabsorption issues or who have bowel problems such as coeliac disease, Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis will also be considered for supplementary activity.

Who needs vitamin B12?
How do I know if I am deficient?

Deficiency can occur at any age and in the past, we have associated deficiency with growing older and our inability to extract the large molecule from our diet. However, more and more children and teenagers are being diagnosed with a deficiency. In extreme cases deficiency (known as pernicious anaemia) can cause severe nerve damage.

Our livers hold large stores of B12 and deficiency tends to develop over many years and because symptoms can easily be mistaken, diagnosis is often missed. Symptoms vary but include one or more of the following: fatigue, vague mental fogging and memory problems, depression, weakness, pins and needles in the hands and feet, and an unsteady walk.

How do I raise my B12 levels?

How do I raise my B12 levels?

As a water-soluble vitamin there is no upper daily limit, however, because of the difficulty in absorbing such a large molecule, tablets and capsules are notoriously difficult for the gut to break down and digest. A daily oral spray directly onto the inner cheek of the mouth is a superior method and advocated by health professionals worldwide.

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What is Pernicious Anaemia?

There are many people who suffer with Pernicious Anaemia and have insufficient levels of B12. This is not a problem with the blood but rather with the digestive system. Some people do not produce the intrinsic factor which hampers their absorption of B12, however this is a very small percentage of Pernicious Anaemia sufferers. The majority of people do produce the intrinsic factor but for some unknown reason, they also produce something that kills off the intrinsic factor, Anti-Intrinsic Factor Antibodies.

If you have been diagnosed with pernicious anaemia by your doctor he will undoubtedly have prescribed a course of B12 injections. Depending upon you level these will be weekly, monthly or every three months and vary in dosage levels. However, this form of treatment often results in symptoms returning before the next injection is due and this is one vital service BetterYou Boost B12 oral spray delivers.

Our work with the Pernicious Anaemia society

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.

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Our work with the Pernicious Anaemia society