HOW BOOSTING VITAMIN B12 INTAKE CAN COMBAT TIREDNESS, LETHARGY AND LACK OF ENERGY
Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy life. It plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system – and is the essential driver of energy production in the body. Naturally found in food sources such as meat, fish, dairy products and eggs, very little B12 is obtained from vegetables, grains and other plant foods.
A common problem of ageing
B12 deficiency can be more common in older people not eating enough of the major food sources referred, or those following a strict vegan diet. B12 gained from foods may also be difficult to absorb into the body if there are underlying digestive problems, or competing nedications.
Deficiency in B12 – or the state of anaemia – may result in an array of symptoms, including persistent tiredness, lack of energy, lethargy, breathlessness, feeling faint, headaches, tinnitus, lack of appetite and numbness in hands and feet. These symptoms may appear even when B12 levels are only slightly lower than normal! Pernicious anaemia is a more serious and more dangerous consequence of progressive B12 deficiency – which may well require lifelong vitamin injection.
If you are experiencing all or some of the symptoms described, your doctor should be consulted – with a view to a blood test, to determine the B12 levels in your blood. It may then be that a modification of diet is required and/or the taking of a supplement, to restore optimum levels of the B12 vitamin and function. It should be noted that vitamin B12 is the one vitamin that is better obtained from supplements than from foods.
The expert nutritionists at The Nutri Centre – Europe’s leading dispensary of complementary medicine – are available to give free advice concerning the specific issues surrounding B12 vitamin deficiency, as well as other general health/nutrition concerns. They will also be able to guide purchase choice from the wide range of B12 supplements available from The Nutri Centre.