The National Institute of Health describes Vitamin B12 as a nutrient that maintains the health of our body’s nerve and blood cells and helps produce DNA. It prevents megaloblastic anemia, an illness that makes people suffer from fatigue.
The source of natural vitamin is animal protein. The stomach’s hydrochloric acid separates it from proteins. Next it inter-mixes it with intrinsic factor, a protein made in the stomach. Finally it’s absorbed by the body. Individuals suffering from pernicious anemia are unable to make intrinsic factor. The result is that they have difficulty absorbing it from all foods and supplements.
What causes this vitamin deficiency?
Failure to metabolize this vitamin and failure to ingest sufficient amount can cause deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans can correct deficiencies with supplements. Stomach surgery and conditions affecting the digestive track as well as medications such as Zantac and Prilosec can also affect the amount of absorption.
What are the symptoms of having a deficiency?
Fatigue, pale or yellow skin color and shortness of breath are some typical symptoms of anemia. As the course of the illness progresses, you may become more susceptible to infection. Inexplicable weight loss may also occur. Memory may deteriorate. Your doctor is the most suitable person to diagnose whether you have a vitamin deficiency. He may prescribe a series of blood tests. In certain cases he may advise you to receive a bone marrow biopsy.
How does it keep you healthy?
It is essential to the formation of red blood cells. Metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates, neurological function, synthesis of DNA, successful nerve cell development and prevention of anemia all depend on healthy levels.
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