Do you often feel dizzy? Have trouble sleeping? Weak muscles? Mental fogginess? If you have any of these symptoms, it is possible you have a deficiency in Vitamin B12. 25% of Americans are not getting enough of this very important vitamin!
Vitamin B12 in Your Body
Your body needs Vitamin B12 for good circulation, for a healthy immune system, for mental clarity and concentration, for physical and emotional energy, for proper digestion, for a healthy nervous system, for a healthy nervous system, and to help regulate the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin B12 helps your body with a number of things from your blood cells to the way you feel and your energy levels.
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Symptoms include: mental fogginess,problems with your memory,mood swings,lack of motivation,feelings of apathy,fatigue and a lack energy,muscle weakness, and tingling in your extremities. You can experience health problems like depression if you are not getting enough of this vitamin.
If you have trouble sleeping it is often because your body had a lack of melatonin. Melatonin is known as the “sleep hormone” and as you get older, your body becomes less efficient at producing this chemical. B12 plays a crucial role in melatonin production, which is another reason it is important to make sure you’re receiving an adequate amount of this vitamin into your blood.
How you Become B12 Deficient
If you are vegetarian or vegan, you are most likely Vitamin B12 deficient. This vitamin is only found in animal sources of food. The older you get, the more likely it is you that you are deficient in B12. The two ways you become deficient are through a lack of the vitamin in your diet, or from an inability to absorb it in the food you eat.
Other reasons you can become deficient in Vitamin B12 include: aging, the use of drugs or medications, if you drink coffee, exposure to nitrous oxide, if you are a strict vegan.
Natural Sources of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in some types of seafood, beef and liver, chicken, pork, milk, and eggs.
For more on this, check out Dr. Mercola’s article.