Vit B12: How to Prevent Vit B12 Deficiency

Category: Vegetarian Diet
Vitamin B12 is one of the top 5 important supplements in a balanced diet. Your system requires B12 in order to prevent anemia and produce red blood cells.
by SoniaReece


Vitamin B12 is one of the top 5 important supplements in a balanced diet. Your system requires B12 in order to prevent anemia and produce red blood cells.

Primarily, B12 is found in animal products such as cheese, eggs and milk. For those of you that are Vegan, you should look for food enriched with B12 or take a high quailty supplement.

Will you know if you have a deficiency in this vitamin?

Not consuming adequate amounts of the foods listed above and experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness, nausea, loss of appetite, numbing sensations, low energy, it's quite possible you may have a deficiency.

Pernicious anemia can be a potential outcome from chronic vitamin B12 deficiency, will symptoms not presenting themselves for many years. Chronic anemia can also develop into loss of memory, Alzheimers disease, disorientation and dementia.

Sublingual Vit B12 may be the best form of supplementation for seniors to absorb. Another reason for B12 deficiency can also be from malabsorption. For example, taking vitamin C can assist in the absorption, as well as coupling Vit B12 with folic acid, to really get superior benefits.

How do you know what the optimal amount is to prevent a deficiency in vitamin B12?

After referring to the National Institute of Health and doing some personal research, I've concluded the following.

-.4 mcg- 0-6 months

-.5 mcg- 7-12 months

-.9 mcg- 1-3 years

-1.2mcg- 4-8 years

-1.8mcg- 9-13 years

-2.4mcg- age 14- older

-2.6mcg- pregnant adolescent females

-2.8mcg- lactating females

-25-100mcg-Adults over 50 (except if consuming fortified foods)

Expert opinion may be slightly different, but two ideas were clear: We are designed to absorb low levels of vit B12 at each meal, ranging from .1mcg to 1mcg.

Vitamin B12 absorption can be affected by environmental factors and respond to the toxic invasion. Consuming chlorinated water regularly, for instance is one example of an environmental factor that can lower or diminish absorption of the vitamin.

We also have to take into consideration the pesticides and toxins that our plants and animals are consuming and figure out if that is also causing Vit B12 deficiency.

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