Friday, 7 September 2012

Vitamin B12 deficiency and you

Just been exploring vitamin B12 deficiency: Since vitamin B12 plays a role in so many bodily functions, it’s no wonder B12 deficiency has been linked to a variety of serious health conditions. Studies have shown that over time, a B12 deficiency that is not corrected can lead to the following: 1)Heart disease 2)Certain types of cancer 3)Alzheimer’s 4)Fibromyalgia 5)Stroke 6)Chronic depression 7)tinnitus 8)erectile dysfunction A vitamin B12 deficiency will cause high homocysteine levels in the bloodstream. High homocystein levels in the bloodstream can be toxic and lead to the development of serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke and even Alzheimer’s disease. Conversely, getting enough B12 will help you avoid these diseases by naturally lowering your homocysteine levels. The important role vitamin B12 plays in the brain means that a deficiency, especially when it is undetected for a long time, will disrupt brain function and lead to problems that are difficult to reverse. The brain and nervous system are impacted the most from a B12 deficiency. Even when the deficiency is corrected with better nutrition and supplements, impaired neural functioning may persist. It may be some time before chemicals in the brain are balanced and depression is alleviated, and the patient may have an elevated risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future. B12 deficiency can easily be responsible for many all-too-common illnesses such as fatigue, depression, memory loss, brain fog all the way on to dementia, Alzheimers, Autism, and many more. It can mimic the symptoms of MS and Parkinsons. These are illnesses that we will ALL come across at sometime in our lives, either affecting ourselves or someone dear to us. And age has nothing to do with it. B12 deficiency can affect everyone. And if our doctors look at B12 deficiency before they look at anything else, many of these illnesses can be treated simply, quickly and cheaply long before they become a threat, long before they destroy a life, long before they devastate families and ultimately affect probably millions of people As a vegetarian (mostly) I suspect I may be short of this vitamin - I have been experiencing tired legs on even mild exertion and ear problems (tinnitus,etc) so went to a health food shop in Chorley and bought some vitamin B12. The sort suggested from my internet research is methylocobalmin 1000UG tablets taken sublingually - from Solgar. Since taking it every day for a few days I have felt more energy and my tinnitus has deminished. will keep posted

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Dr John
See and for the most up to date information on B12d. You would be wise to make sure your deficiency is due to. lack of B12 in your diet rather than mal adsorption of this important vitamin. The later means you will need B12 injections life long. It is a common misconception that B12d only affects vegetarians and elderly people. An NHS GP in Durham has shown 18% per cent of the general population are deficient in this vitamin. Many will be unaware they have inborn errors that prevent absorption through the gut when their B12 reserve is compromised. Makes sense to get yourself tested and avoid its end case vascular dementia associated with this deadly disease if it isn't properly treated. Folate and ferritin also have to be in balance with B12 for a good return to health. Its a complicated illness and few doctors have a handle on it. these two societies will help you manage your deficiency properly. New guidelines are expected from Nice within the next twelve months. Hope this helps.