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  • Eva Kavanagh

Can Vitamin B12 Deficiency Be Harmful?

Feeling tired too often? There are many possible causes. But one of the most common reasons may be deficient in vitamin B12 which does support energy. Most people have vitamin deficiencies but never realize it. Vitamin B12 is essential to your body’s proper functioning and plays a vital role in how the brain, nervous system, and blood cells work. Vitamin B12 is needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in your body, which leads to energy production and may help decrease fatigue.

healthy foods that are very high in vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 is required for neurological functioning, which may help with concentration and cognitive processes. It helps maintain a healthy heart, cardiovascular system, and nervous system. Vitamin B12 helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. It plays a major role in cell reproduction, essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Vitamin B12 speeds up metabolism and promotes weight loss, prevent low mood and symptoms of depression.

We often get B12 from our diets, meats, fish, and dairy. But if you are not consuming meat and dairy, B12 deficiency can be a very real thing. People on plant-based diets can have difficulties getting the necessary B12 to make them feel good and healthy.

B12 is important for everyone but even more so if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently had stomach surgery then your levels can be quite low, and it may be advisable to take B12 regularly. Getting g enough vitamin B12 through your diet is crucial. B12 is a water-soluble vitamin which means it doesn’t stay in the body. Among other things we need it in our bodies to help convert carbs, fats, and protein into energy, to help keep our red blood cells healthy, to help regulate a healthy nervous system (reducing stress and brain shrinkage), and help protect from some cancers.

Some symptoms of low B12 include a pale-yellow tinge to your skin, sore and red tongue, mouth ulcers, pins and needles, muscle weakness, extreme tiredness, disturbed vision, irritability, and depression.

If you are often fatigued, have difficulty concentrating, and feel weak contact us to see if Vitamin B12 injections would be appropriate for you. Let’s get you feeling energized and ready to take on the day! Schedule your consultation with the best doctors in Peabody, MA!

For more information and a health plan specific to you, please call Century Medical clinic in Peabody, MA at (978) 594-8980 or contact us online.


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