The Essential Vitamin B12

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As wonderful as our bodies are, we don’t produce Vitamin B12 on our own –  it must be consumed in our diet. And it can be hard to get as much as we need, leaving many people with sub-optimal and even deficient levels of this essential nutrient.

Vitamin B12 supports neurological and cardiovascular health, can improve energy, focus, and mental alertness, can decrease pain and inflammation, and is maybe best known for helping healthy weight loss.

Deficiencies of B12 commonly result from some medications, alcohol consumption, smoking, poor digestion, and/or lack of insufficient dietary intake. Heavy periods are another common culprit.

Symptoms of deficiency include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Poor Memory
  • Strange Sensations in your Hands and Feet
  • Difficulty Losing Weight
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Swollen Tongue

Does this sound like you?

Your B12 levels can easily be measured with a blood test. Also offered by us is functional nutrient testing, which measures your body’s utilization of key vitamins including B12. We do that test with urine.

The quickest way to bring levels up is with a B12 injection. Straightforward and easy, the injected form bypasses the digestive system, allowing it to be absorbed more readily into the bloodstream for optimal effects. 

We offer B12 shots @PeakPerformanceHealthCentre – shots take less than 10 minutes to administer, and are a great add-on to your chiro, massage, naturopathic, or physiotherapy session. 

Please call 519-620-7325, email info@peakperformancehc, or DM me for complete info & booking. 


3 thoughts on “The Essential Vitamin B12

  1. Dr. T,

    What foods help to raise or maintain B12?

    xo

    Sent from my BlackBerry – the most secure mobile device – via the Rogers Network

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    1. Hi Alan,

      Vitamin B12 is present in abundance in animal products – food sources such as beef, poultry, fish and eggs contain large amounts of B12. Soy bean is a vegetarian source.

      However, an issue arises when the B12 present in food isn’t absorbed by the gut. This can happen for several reasons, most commonly a lack of proper digestive juices and/or stomach acidity. This is where supplementation and injections combine handy, as they bypass the GI all together.

      Thanks for your question 🙂

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