By Dr. Natasha Turner ND

Compared to other vitamins, we don’t need a very large amount of vitamin B12 — but we do need to replenish our supply just about every single day. B vitamins are water-soluble and flushed out of the body somewhat easily, so to maintain levels of the recommended amount within our bloodstream and prevent a vitamin B12 deficiency, we need to eat food sources of B vitamins often. Vitamin B12 deficiency can be hard to detect, but it can be fought by using products such as liposomal b12 that support methylation and detoxification.

Symptoms of a b12 deficiency can include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Muscle aches and weakness
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Poor memory
  • Inability to concentrate well
  • Mood changes, such as depression and anxiety
  • Poor dental health, including bleeding gums and mouth sores
  • Digestive problems like nausea, diarrhea or cramping

Beyond the troubling symptoms of deficiency, there are many health benefits to keeping your B12 well into the optimal range. I ensure all of my patients have blood values between 600 to 1200, even though most labs state 150 and up as normal or acceptable. However, researchers have found B12 in the higher, optimal range was the level they established as offering protection against dementia.

According to the National Institute of Health, two steps are required for the body to absorb vitamin B12 from foods and experience the vitamin B12 benefits mentioned above.

First, hydrochloric acid in the stomach separates vitamin B12 from the protein to which vitamin B12 is attached in food. After this, vitamin B12 combines with a protein made by the stomach called intrinsic factor and is absorbed by the body. So, essentially, the health of your digestive system is just as important in absorbing and using adequate levels of vitamin B12 as the foods you’re eating are!

You can expect these wonderful benefits in no time:

  1. Helps to maintain energy levels
  2. Prevents memory loss and lowers risk of neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s
  3. Boosts mood and assists healthy brain function
  4. Plays a role in maintaining heart health
  5. Needed for healthy skin and hair
  6. Aids in digestion
  7. Needed for a healthy pregnancy
  8. May help prevent cancer
  9. Helps produce red blood cells and prevent anemia

My recommendation is to SUCK the lozenge, don’t chew it! Studies have demonstrated that, if allowed to dissolve in the mouth, oral forms of vitamin B12 are much more absorb able.

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