Why consuming Vitamin B12 doesn't always mean you are absorbing it.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for our nerve function, red blood cells, DNA synthesis and our brain — which means we can’t live well without it in our bodies. This super important brain and energy vitamin is found in animal food sources like meat, fish, dairy and eggs, as well as the fortified vegan and vegetarian sources. But here's the kicker, if the necessary intrinsic factor* isn’t present in your stomach, you won’t be able to utilize the Vitamin B12 you consume from food. That is why injectable B12 is so highly regarded for its superior absorption rate, which allows the Vitamin B12 to go straight into the bloodstream to do its amazing work!
Vitamin B12 is a common deficiency
With more than 3 million cases per year. People who have the low intrinsic factor, autoimmune or thyroid conditions, take birth control pills or Hormone Replacement Therapy, antacids or other medications, or are over 50 years old, are all more likely to be deficient in B12. A blood test can confirm if a person is deficient in Vitamin B12.
You might feel like you are doing everything right or in moderation, such as alcohol, but consuming even one serving of alcohol diminishes Vitamin B12 in the body, which means more Vitamin B12 is needed, from food, supplementation or B12 injections.
Are you vegetarian or vegan?
Fortified plant milks, breakfast cereals and soy products have B12 but need to be consumed at least three times daily to reach appropriate Vitamin B12 levels. Supplementation and injectable B12 ensure that Vitamin B12 levels are truly at a healthy and energizing level.
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*In the next Got Vitamin B12 blog, we will spotlight the intrinsic factor, what it is and what it does.
All the best,
The Got Vitamin B12 Team
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