Niagara Gazette — Are you suffering from lack of energy, brain fog, poor memory, light-headedness, or ringing in your ears? Do you have pale skin, sore/tingling tongue, hands or feet, bleeding gums, or a mysterious cough?
If you say yes to any of the above, you may be suffering from a B-12 deficiency. Sometimes symptoms may be so severe that they can be mistaken for Alzheimers’s disease or dementia, so insist that it has been ruled out in those being tested for this.
B-12 deficiency is more common as we age and sadly it is rarely considered, or even tested for. Since the 1950s, there have been several studies that have shown that B-12 therapy has proven to be very effective in early onset dementia — even if B-12 levels fall within normal range. This extremely safe and inexpensive therapy has been generally ignored by main-stream medicine.
B-12 deficiency is extremely common and highly common in individuals taking drugs that are prescribed for heartburn, especially omeprazole (Prilosec). H. pylori bacteria is the most common cause of stomach ulcers in the United States. This form of bacteria has been linked to vitamin B-12 deficiencies and could be the underlying cause of that pesky mysterious cough I mentioned earlier.
When H. pylori is resolved, B-12 is better absorbed. Those suffering from digestive issues such as Crohn’s or celiac disease are also likely to suffer from B-12 deficiency. Pernicious anemia is a serious condition that results from a lack of intrinsic factor that is needed in order to absorb B-12.
Vitamin B-12 deficiency is extremely common in strict vegetarians and vegans, as they don’t consume foods that are high in B-12. Lamb, liver, beef, fish, shellfish and eggs are some of the foods higher in B-12. Vegetarians would definitely benefit from B-12 supplementation.