Why is B12 so important? B12 is a factor in keeping muscles strong. There are thousands of tiny muscles under your skin that prevent sagging. As you age, these tiny muscles under the skin weaken and produce sagging skin. Without enough B12, this process may intensify dramatically. Excessively sagging skin is one symptom of B12 deficiency! Other cosmetic symptoms of B12 deficiency include disappearing half moons from your fingernails just above the cuticles, hyperpigmentation, premature gray hair, vitiligo,and skin lesions.(6) Many high end creams use B12 as a cosmetic ingredient in small amounts to help strengthen your skin locally. However, these small amounts don’t impact your overall B12 levels.
B12 is central to your health as you age. Experts cite a B12 deficiency as a hidden factor in exhaustion, bone loss, learning disabilities, mental decline, depression, cancerous cells, sleep disorders and energy problems.(1) Many doctors don’t test for B12 blood levels unless you specifically request the test.
What are the overt physical symptoms of B12 deficiency? Here are a few: Shortness of breath, palpitations, exhaustion, confusion, mental decline, learning problems, memory loss, pale skin, tingling and numbness in the extremities. Symptoms may take years to develop and progress…eventually leading to irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system.(7) OK, don’t be scared! It is easy to get a blood test! Also, Dr. Chandy has developed a sophisticated B12 quiz assessment. To take the quiz, click on this link: http://b12d.net/content/B12-signs-symptoms-assessment-form. I found it to be quite enlightening!
You’re probably wondering how people become deficient in the first place. B12 deficiencies used to be primarily associated with elderly populations. But, newer research indicates that people of all ages can be deficient and that deficiency is widespread.(2) There are a lot of paths to this deficiency. Vegans and vegetarians are at a higher risk for B12 deficiency due to the fact that B12 is most concentrated in meats. (4) Stress, genetics, poor diet, digestion problems, low stomach acid and alcoholic drinks all deplete B12. Certain genetic groups may be prone to a B12 deficiency.(3)
There’s an old wives tale test that is interesting and popular. Stand with feet about a foot apart, close your eyes and your arms at your sides. Put your right foot forward. If you’re dizzy or feel out of balance, suspect a B12 deficiency. Of course, this is an old wives tale and not a blood test or substitute for your health care practitioner.
Cooked clams, salmon, tuna, liver and sardines are concentrated sources of natural B12. In supplement form, experts say that methylcobalamin is the natural form of B12 with the highest bio availability. B12 sprays and lozenges can be more effective than pills. Many supplements contain cyanocobalamin, which is thought to be less effective than methylcobalamin.(7)
Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses by Sally Pacholok and Jeffrey Stuart is a fascinating comprehensive guide to B12. Sally Pacholok is a pioneer in researching the health effects of B12 deficiencies, how testing should be done and how to read the numbers. She launched a major campaign to publicize B12 deficiencies and faced heavy opposition. The story of her battle is also documented in the movie, Sally Pacholok: The Movie.
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