Lack of B12 Can Result in Lack of Energy


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In a culture that relies heavily on caffeine to get the day started, or even to make it through that afternoon slump, many people choose to keep dosing themselves rather than attempting to get to the root of their lack of energy. Recently, researchers have found that nearly 40% of Americans don’t take in enough vitamin B12, a nutrient that has a rather dramatic impact on a person’s energy level.

Those most at risk are individuals that have a less-than-stellar diet or those who adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet, as vitamin B12 is found in its highest concentrations naturally in fish, red meat, eggs, and dairy products. Common signs of a lack of vitamin B12 include lack of energy, memory loss, and unexplained anxiety. Over time, this deficiency could possibly increase one’s chances of developing or experiencing several forms of dementia, cancer, depression, cardiovascular disease, and even infertility.

Although most doctors don’t test for a deficiency in this vitamin, you can easily take a supplement on your own (after letting your doctor know that you’re doing so) to see if it improves your overall sense of well-being. Wait a month after starting a supplement to determine whether or not results are noticeable.

Tackling this issue now, rather than waiting for a more serious health problem other than tiredness to occur, can help you enjoy life today and 20 years from now. Another B Vitamin in the news lately is B-3 and it’s role in supporting the immune system among many other benefits.

Additional Sources:
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/end-your-energy-crisis-vitamin-b12
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/health/vitamin-b12-deficiency-can-cause-symptoms-that-mimic-aging.html?_r=0