Beat Fatigue! Benefits of Vitamin B12

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Are you feeling fatigued during the day? If yes, then you just might be missing out on an important vitamin. Beat fatigue with vitamin B12!

Our bodies shouldn’t be ready to sleep until bedtime, so if you have to lay your head down on your desk during the day for a snooze, then you could be low in this important vitamin.

Clinical studies reveal that one in four adults are deficient in Vitamin B12, the energy nutrient that your body needs to carry out essential functions. Vitamin B12 deficiency is believed to be one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world, especially among people taking stomach acid-altering medications and antibiotics frequently, along with the elderly and sometimes vegetarians and vegans. For this reason, B12 injections are sometimes used to offset the many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, such as fatigue and weakness, poor moods, and low concentration.

You should know that Vitamin B12 is one of those vitally important nutrients that have a significant impact on your health. It affects every aspect of the way your systems function – from how your cells form to how you feel every day. Providing support for your nervous and immune systems is one of the many benefits of Vitamin B12.

So, without adequate amounts of this vitamin, your body’s ability to perform its job deteriorates. You won’t have enough physical, emotional and mental energy to survive through the day.

What exactly does vitamin B12 do?

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that’s crucial for many vital metabolic and hormonal functions — including the production of digestive enzymes and carrying important nutrients into and out of cells. Due to how it helps convert and synthesize many other compounds within the body, it’s needed for well over 100 daily functions. Some of the roles that are attributed to vitamin B12 include:

  • Forming red blood cells
  • Playing a role in DNA/RNA synthesis
  • Helping with methylation which protects cardiovascular health and more
  • Facilitating metabolic conversion of protein and fats
  • Carrying out neurotransmitter functions and helping with production of hormones
  • Helping convert amino acids and making creatine
  • Producing myelin sheath (the coating of nerves)
  • Helping with synthesis of hemoglobin
  • Playing a role in fetal development during pregnancy

This essential little vitamin is packed with a lot of punch, right?

What is the best way to take Vitamin B12?

Foods rich in Vitamin B12 are typically animal based like red meat, dairy products, and fish. There are some plant-based foods such as whole grain cereals and fortified soy products, but whole grain cereals tend to be high in carbohydrates and sugar and are usually loaded with preservatives. As for soy products, besides corn, soy is one of the most popular genetically modified products here in the states. Luckily, Sunwarrior uses a fermented soy in their Classic Protein which is a form of soy that has gone through a lengthy fermentation process that makes it digestion-friendly. This is why vegans and vegetarians should have their levels checked and take a vegan-friendly vitamin B12 daily such as is found in Sunwarrior’s Vitamin Mineral Rush. Vegans and vegetarians should also have an injectable B12 shot. I know; I used the word shot, but it’s totally worth the tiny needle stick to feel healthy!

I use Methylated vitamin B12 injections in my practice to allow anyone with a positive MTHFR gene who normally convert the inactive form of B12 to convert the active form. Methyl B12 is the active form. 1mL per week for the first four weeks followed by 1mL every 2 weeks, then once per month to maintain. You can check B12 levels by serum lab tests as well.

Another interesting aspect of B12 deficiency can be due to our genetic variants and the inability to properly break down and utilize vitamin B12. But now we can test for that. We can assess your methylation pathway via DNA and establish whether you methylate or break down and absorb vitamins such as B12, takes the guessing game as to why you are deficient in the first place. I do not just give vitamin B12 injections without figuring out WHY a patient is deficient; I prefer to get to the root cause.

And what are some symptoms we could have if we are B12 deficient?

Each symptom varies from patient to patient, but some symptoms can include:

  • Chronic fatigue, lethargy, and weakness
  • Muscle aches, joint pain, and trouble exercising
  • Poor memory, inability to concentrate, and other cognitive problems associated with aging
  • Mood changes, like increased depression and anxiety, or signs of nervousness like rapid heartbeats/palpitations
  • Poor dental health, including bleeding gums and mouth sores
  • Shortness of breath and feeling dizzy
  • Poor appetite or digestive problems like constipation, nausea, diarrhea or cramping
  • Sometimes greater risk for problems like cardiovascular complications or even cancer (due to a rise in homocysteine levels)

None of which sound fun, right?

This is why it’s so important to not only have your B12 levels checked but also to start taking a daily B12 vitamin, get your monthly B12 injections, and drink your Sunwarrior Classic Protein every day!

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