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Could You Be Vitamin B12 Deficient?

Vitamin B12 is a critical element in maintaining good health. Unfortunately, many people are B12 deficient – and may not know it. In fact, it is estimated that upwards of 40% of Americans are missing this vital compound to some degree. While it is largely associated with energy and mood, B12 affects the body in many other ways. Premier offers vitamin B12 shots to help our patients achieve optimal functioning.

Vitamin B12 Performs Many Functions In The Body

To make red blood cells and DNA, your body needs B12. It also plays an important role in brain and nerve cell development. When we eat foods containing B12, our stomach acid breaks down the proteins and releases the vitamin to its free form. It then binds to a protein called intrinsic factor and makes its way into the small intestine for absorption.

How Do I Know If I’m B12 Deficient?

This crucial vitamin is found in animal foods, which means many vegetarians or vegans are at risk of being B12 deficient. In addition, some people may have autoimmune disorders that limit the production of intrinsic factor. So even if you’re consuming enough B12, you may not be able to absorb much of it. People who utilize medications to suppress stomach acid, or people with naturally low stomach acid (like older folks) will also have trouble freeing the B12 from the source. Here are some classic signs of deficiency:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Memory problems
  • Brain fog
  • Numbness and tingling (nerve issues)
  • Sleep dysfuntion
  • Poor mood, depression

If you struggle with any of these issues, a deficiency could be to blame. Supplementation, like B12 shots, can be an excellent part of an overall healthy diet.

Our patients want to feel vibrant and youthful, and sufficient vitamin B12 means increased energy and a more positive mood. That’s why we feel it’s so important to offer this supplementation in our office. Contact us today to schedule your B12 shot, and start feeling more like yourself!

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