Cobalamin supplements (Vitamin B12) are extremely important to the normal daily functions of a healthy body. It is instrumental in the production of red blood cells, plays a major role in the normal function of the nervous system, and helps to metabolize the body’s fat and protein. The B-Vitamin family is often referred to as the brain vitamins. If that is the case, Vitamin B-12 would be classified as the head of the family because the lack of it can severely diminish a person’s mental health. It is estimated that 15% of the people over age 65 are deficient in this important B-Vitamin.
As we get older we are prone to develop a condition called Atrophic Gastritis. This means there is a decrease in gastric acid and an increase of bacteria in the upper portion of the small intestine and the stomach. That combination seems to restrict the body’s effort to take advantage of Vitamin B12’s positive qualities. Taking additional Vitamin B12 supplements should eliminate that problem. When shopping for Vitamin B12 supplements look for the liquid form containing Methylcobalamin.
So what should you look for if you suspect a Vitamin B12 deficiency ? If you or someone you love starts to show signs of unexplained weight loss, neurological or psychological disturbances with no apparent physical cause, that person should be checked for a possible Vitamin B12 deficiency. Actually, anyone over age 65 should be checked for a Vitamin B12 deficiency on a regular basis (every year). A long term deficiency could cause serious problems. Take your B Vitamins, not just B12. Taking a daily Vitamin B Complex capsule should be high on your “To Do” list.