Your body uses vitamin B12 to make nerves, red blood cells and DNA, and to function well. It is a vitamin that is not produced by your body and must be ingested through your diet. Where do I get Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 comes into our diet via animal-based foods, such as meat, eggs, fish, poultry and dairy products. Our body doesn’t actually store vitamin B12 very long, so it is important to make sure you are getting enough. People who are vegans or who do not eat enough animal-based foods do risk becoming vitamin B12 deficient.
If you are not getting enough B12, as noted by your doctor by blood test results, you can correct this B12 deficiency in two ways:
As well, a standard daily multivitamin containing B12 can be used to prevent or correct a mild B12 deficiency.
How much Vitamin B12 do I need?
The amount of vitamin B12 you need depends on your age, your diet, medications you may be taking, and certain medical conditions you may have. In general, the amounts recommended vary by age.
Can I get Vitamin B12 from food?
If you are eating a well-balanced diet which includes animal-based products such as eggs, meat, dairy, fish and poultry, you will probably get enough vitamin B12 daily. Vegans and vegetarians who do not eat these foods or enough of these foods, as well as older individuals who do not eat a variety of foods, may develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. Certain fortified foods such as some almond milk products and breakfast cereals contain vitamin B12 and should be included in vegan diets.
What is Vitamin B12 deficiency?
A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause damage to your nervous system and cause anemia, among other things. Your doctor can do a blood test to determine if you have a healthy vitamin B12 level. Aside from not eating enough foods containing this vitamin, it’s important to note that there are certain factors that can make absorbing vitamin B12 more difficult, including:
There are also medications that interfere with the absorption of vitamin B12, such as some diabetes medications, such as, metformin, and medications that reduce acid production in your stomach, such as, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and H2 Receptor Blockers. Speak to your pharmacist about how your medication may affect your vitamin B12 levels.
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency
How do I Know I Need Vitamin B12 Supplementation?
Your doctor may decide that you need to take vitamin B12 supplements and/or have B12 injections. Older patients are often told they should take daily vitamin B12 supplements. The results are usually successful. Always let your doctor know that you want to take vitamin B12 supplements so they can monitor your B12 levels and also make sure that they are aware you are taking it while on other medications.
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