All About Vitamin B12
Author: Ashley Delgado, LVN, Manager
Are you feeling fatigue or lethargic? Maybe faint or dizzy? You might be experiencing vitamin B12 deficiency. Many patients suffer the symptoms from vitamin B12 deficiency and might not even know it. Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that:
- Helps in the functioning of DNA synthesis
- Energy production
- Neurological function
- Red blood cell formation
- And much more.
Some patients are unable to break down the protein to absorb vitamin B12 into the bloodstream while others are at risk for low levels of B12 because of the food consumed don’t contain high enough amounts of B12, such as vegetarians or vegans. Patients can also be at risk for low levels of B12 if they are taking certain medications such as antacids or antihistamines, which can block the absorption of B12.
What can vitamin B12 do for me?
Vitamin B12 is a crucial vitamin needed for metabolic and hormonal functions. It helps with the production of our digestive enzymes and the transporting of nutrients in and out of our cells. Other roles of vitamin B12 is that it helps in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine, which protects cardiovascular health, metabolizing protein and fat, and it also plays a role in fetal development during pregnancy. The benefits of getting B12 shots every month is that it reduces the risk of:
- Heart disease
- Vision loss
- Neurocognitive disorders
Other beneficial factors to getting a B12 shot:
- Can reduce depression by restoring mood control and helps aid in retaining memory and mental functions
- Helps lower fatigue and reduces muscle weakness
- Can help improve metabolism
- Help improve low sperm count
- Help prevent or treat diabetic neuropathy
The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.