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Vitamin B12 - A rare deficiency unless you're vegan

9/28/2014 - The requirement for vitamin B12 is very low, but it is absolutely essential. A mild vitamin B12 deficiency results in weakness and fatigue. A more serious deficiency causes shortness of breath, nervousness, numbness and tingling in extremities, and problems with balance. A severe deficiency can lead...

PPI drugs proven to cause vitamin B12 deficiency

12/17/2013 - Those who rely on pharmaceuticals to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), peptic ulcers or other digestive issues from too much stomach acid are negatively impacting their B12 levels. This usually results in fatigue and leads to increased cardiovascular risk. PPI (proton pump inhibitors)...

Got the winter blues? Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins may help alleviate depression

11/28/2013 - Adding vitamins to your diet can help reduce the feeling of depression, winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). B vitamins, especially vitamin B12, have been shown to help those suffering from feelings of anxiety or depression. Simply adding nutritional supplements can help lift the blues,...

Folate and vitamin B12 treat schizophrenia symptoms

3/12/2013 - Schizophrenia is a disabling brain disorder characterized by the inability to tell reality from imagination, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Symptoms are broken down into two types called "positive symptoms," which include hallucinations and delusions, and "negative symptoms" which...

Poor vitamin B-12 status leads to reduced brain volume and cognitive decline

10/6/2011 - Many people are aware that vitamin B12 status declines during aging, as millions of seniors fall prey to a decline in this critical nutrient. Vitamin B12 circulating in the blood declines in the elderly due to absorption problems in the digestive tract leading to poor uptake by body tissues, especially...

Low vitamin B12 levels in elders cause brain shrinkage and possible dementia

9/28/2011 - When elders have cognitive problems, like forgetting things, and when imaging tests show their brains are actually shrinking, the diagnosis is often a hopeless one -- some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. But what if the problem in a lot of these people is simply a lack of a nutrient? That...

Metformin causes vitamin B12 deficiency

10/31/2010 - Long-term use of the popular diabetes drug metformin (originally marketed as Glucophage) may cause patients to develop a steadily worsening vitamin B12 deficiency, Dutch scientists have found. "Our study shows that this decrease is not a transitory phenomenon, but persists and grows over time," wrote...

Vegan Vitamin B12 Deficiency is a Myth

8/21/2010 - Some vegetarians will avoid becoming vegan because of one simple myth they've heard again and again: they've heard that vegans can suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency based on their diet. Lots of vegetarians decide, based on this faulty information, that they need to continue eating animal protein. However,...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is a Common Cause for Chronic Coughing

12/29/2009 - A recent study done by the University of Turin and Mauriziano Hospital in Italy showed a significant correlation between vitamin B12 deficiency and unexplained chronic cough. This study, which was presented at the World Allergy Organization XXI World Allergy Congress, discussed the impact of this new...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency can Look Identical to Alzheimer's Disease

11/11/2009 - When is Alzheimer`s Disease NOT Alzheimer`s Disease? When it`s actually caused by undiagnosed Vitamin B12 deficiency. This frequent occurrence is a tragedy in our society where growing numbers of those with Alzheimer`s Disease are diagnosed every year. Despite having IDENTICAL symptoms in many cases,...

Vitamin B12 Just as Important as Folic Acid for Mothers-to-Be (Opinion)

10/5/2009 - Thanks to public health campaigns, it seems like everyone is aware that sufficient Folic Acid prevents 'neural tube defects' in developing infants. As such, most governments have made folic acid supplementation of many foods mandatory to prevent these permanent birth defects. A lesser known fact, however,...

Devastating Neurological Problems are Result of Dental Anesthesia

10/2/2009 - If you think that getting minor medical procedures or dental work with 'light' anesthesia is safe- think again. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is frequently used in dental procedures and other seemingly 'minor' in-office procedures to relieve anxiety and pain. But vitamin B12 levels are diminished every...

Get the Right Dose to Correct Vitamin B12 Deficiency

9/25/2009 - Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common problem that is often overlooked, but once a doctor FINDS vitamin B 12 deficiency in a patient, it's likely that the person will STILL suffer from their symptoms even AFTER treatment because most doctors, historically, give too low of a dose to correct the symptoms...

The Right Kind of Vitamin B12 is Vital for Treating Deficiency

9/17/2009 - Once someone has overcome all of the hurdles to get appropriate testing and is told that they have vitamin B12 deficiency, there is still a problem to overcome- getting the right KIND of vitamin B12. There are several kinds of vitamin B12 that are all CALLED vitamin B12, but only ONE, methylcobalamin,...

Get the Right Laboratory Test for Vitamin B12 Deficiency

9/15/2009 - Vitamin B 12 Deficiency is a very common cause of fatigue in certain population groups. While many doctors miss the obvious signs of vitamin B12 deficiency or require a condition called macrocytic anemia to be present first in order to justify further testing, there ARE doctors that are clued in to...

Diagnosing Vitamin B12 Deficiency: What Doctors are Missing

9/10/2009 - Usually, the presence of a condition called macrocytic anemia is what makes doctors suspect and begin to look for vitamin B12 Deficiency. But macrocytic anemia is the result of years of vitamin B12 deficiency. This means that until a doctor is willing to even LOOK FOR the easily correctable problem...

Vitamin B 12 Deficiency and Metformin Usage Trigger Peripheral Neuropathy

7/28/2009 - Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient used in the nerves and the blood. Deficiency has now been shown to trigger peripheral neuropathy in diabetes patients who take the drug Metformin. Because B12 is difficult to absorb, many people have deficiencies and are not aware of its effect on their health. B12...

Vitamin B12 Protects the Heart, Mind, Eyes and More

6/30/2009 - Vitamin B12 is one of the eight B vitamins, and is important for brain function and the formation of blood. B12 deficiency can cause many diseases. Deficiency can be treated by diet or by B12 injections. Since B12 is hard to assimilate through the stomach, sublingual B12 is advised. B12 is water-soluble,...

Prenatal Vitamin B12 Important to Prevent Neural Tube Defects

5/7/2009 - Insufficient levels of B12 during the first four weeks of pregnancy may lead to lifelong neurological defects, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health. "An absolutely critical point...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Pregnant Women Linked to Birth Defect

4/5/2009 - A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics has revealed that women who do not have an adequate intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy are at greater risk of having a child with a birth abnormality called neural tube defect. About Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Birth Defects The researchers...

Vitamin B12 Effective Against Canker Sores

3/10/2009 - Canker sores are painful ulcers which appear in our mouths from time to time. And researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have found that taking vitamin B12 every night is a useful way to prevent the occurrence of this problem. About Canker Sores Also known as Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis...

Interview: Greg Kunin from Ola Loa reveals the health secrets of drinkable vitamins

4/10/2008 - In this NaturalNews exclusive interview, Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) interview Greg Kunin of Ola Loa ( about nutrition, quality supplements, disease prevention and much more. Adams received no money to conduct this interview and earns nothing from the sale of Ola Loa products. Mike:...

Long-Term and High-Dose Metformin Use Can Compromise B12 Levels

7/25/2007 - Metformin, a glucose-lowering drug, is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for type-2 (adult-onset) diabetes. But the longer a person takes the drug, especially at high dosages, the more likely he will develop a deficiency of vitamin B12. Researchers have known since the early 1970s that almost...

Vitamin B12 deficiency linked to heart defects in newborns

6/8/2007 - Vitamin B12 deficiency in women near the time of conception increases the risk of having babies with congenital heart defects, according to researchers participating in the Dutch HAVEN study, an ongoing study designed to examine the relationship between environmental and genetic factors and congenital...

Diabetes drug metformin found to cause vitamin B12 deficiency

10/20/2006 - Diabetes patients treated with the drug metformin are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, a study reports in the Oct. 9 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Identification of risk factors for metformin-related vitamin B12 deficiency has major potential implications regarding the management...

Folic acid deficiencies are widespread; here's why nearly everyone needs more folate

12/29/2005 - Pregnant women plagued by cravings for pickles and ice cream must remember to include plenty of folic acid in their diets. Shown to reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects, folic acid – found primarily in leafy green vegetables – is an absolute necessity for any woman who is pregnant or is...

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