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Be Free from Fatigue with B12

Does just the thought of the upcoming holidays make you tired? Or do you have a hard time getting through the day?  Regardless of your situation, Vitamin B12 may be the answer. B12 is a water soluble vitamin that is essential to normal body functioning, especially brain and nervous system functioning. With water soluble vitamins, your body metabolizes what it can and flushes out the rest in your urine. These vitamins are not stored; therefore, you must obtain them daily through diet or a supplement.  Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation, DNA synthesis and neurological function. It is essential for utilizing and processing carbohydrates and fats from dietary intake.  Protein synthesis is contingent upon the presence of B12 in order for it to be used for growth and repair of cells. B12 is also involved in the development of nerve cells.

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency can be characterized as fatigue, weakness, anemia, depression, declining cognitive functioning, constipation, and loss of appetite, amongst others.  If the deficiency is not corrected, dementia, blindness and deafness may result.

Deficiency can develop for a variety of reasons.  Inflammation of the stomach can prevent stomach cells from functioning properly and cease the production of a substance required for the absorption of B12, called intrinsic factor. Without this intrinsic factor, B12 will not be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the body’s cells. Inadequate secretion of stomach acids, (hypochlorhydria) also prevents B12 absorption. Most B12 in food is attached to proteins in the food.  Stomach acid is required to break down the proteins and release the B12.

Vegetarians and vegans are particularly at risk for deficiency because there are no reliable plant based sources of B12 available. Older adults are susceptible to B12 deficiency because the production of stomach acids decreases with age.  Those with celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or other stomach and intestinal disorders are also at risk because they are unable to absorb enough B12 from food to maintain healthy levels.

Vitamin B12 is found in a variety of foods, such as fish, shellfish (especially shrimp), meat (especially liver), eggs, and dairy products and fortified foods (like breakfast cereals). B12 is found in supplements either alone or as part of a B complex formulation with other B vitamins. Because significant amounts of B12 are only present in meats, vegans and vegetarians require supplementation.

So don’t blame the in-laws for your exhaustion and crankiness this Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Try Vitamin B 12 supplements to get you through the day. Visit A2Z Discount Vitamins for your supplement needs.

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