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Vitamin B12 for Weight Loss- Why it Works

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

 

 

Vitamin B12 supplements essential as part of your weight loss program. What are the benefits of vitamin B12 for weight loss? Vitamin B12 boosts metabolism, in addition to providing energy and stabilizing your mood.

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The Many Benefits of Vitamin B12…

B12 boosts metabolism

Vitamin B12 contains cobalt; together, the minerals that make up vitamin B12, cobalamin, are essential coenzymes that increase metabolism by converting food to energy in the body.  In diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency, researchers often take into account changes in the metabolic rate, in addition to measuring levels of B12 and homocysteine.

“Elevated methylmalonic acid levels might be a more reliable indicator of vitamin B12 status because they indicate a metabolic change that is highly specific to vitamin B12 deficiency.” - National Institutes of Health

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People with high metabolisms tend to lose weight more quickly and efficiently than others who have slower metabolic rates.  In order to burn fat at an optimal rate, it is essential to maintain healthy stores of vitamin B12.

B12 boosts energy

If you have symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, then you experience symptoms such as tiredness, muscular weakness, decreased motor skills, and lack of energy. 

Unfortunately, many people who suffer symptoms of low B12 don’t even know it. Often, comorbid conditions such as clinical depression, anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), or hypothyroidism (low thyroid) mask the signs of vitamin B12 deficiency.  So, despite taking treatments such as antidepressants, insulin, thyroid medications, or pain relievers, they continue to feel sad and tired all the time, battling with constant “brain fog” without knowing why.

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Increasing your energy level provides mental focus, determination, and emotional wellness, in addition to improving your quality of life.  These things together assure weight loss success by enabling you to stick to a workout routine, increase your sports performance and stamina, challenge yourself in the gym, and stay on track.

B12 boosts mood

Common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety, paranoia, and unusually aggressive behavior.  When you are in a bad mood, you are more likely to make poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drug use, oversleeping, eating fattening, salty or sugary foods, and sedentary activities like television watching and playing video games.

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Eating Your Way Out of Depression with B-12

Scientists have proven a high correlation between depression and weight gain.  If you feel sluggish, depressed, or more fatigued than usual, then you are statistically less likely to follow an exercise regimen or commit yourself to a new weight loss diet. 

Only by taking vitamin B12 supplements can you begin to recover from symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency and achieve an overall sense of well-being.

Read more about the benefits of vitamin B12:

Balance your B12, Balance your Nerves

Vitamin B12- How much do you need?

Sources:

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12

Does B12 Speed Up Metabolism?

How Can a B12 Deficiency Affect the Metabolism? Livestrong

What Are the Benefits of Vitamin B12 for Weight Loss? Livestrong

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Balance your B12, Balance your Nerves

Friday, November 4th, 2011

 

 

If you’re having trouble finding balance, B12 deficiency might be the culprit.  Symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency- dizziness and nerve damage like ataxia (unsteady gait, difficulty keeping balance), and numbness or tingling in hands and feet require B12 supplements.

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Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms

Vitamin B12 occurs naturally in all meat, cheese, and egg products, but if you are one of millions of people who cannot absorb B12 efficiently, then you will start feeling symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.  Some common emotional and cognitive signs of B12 deficiency are:

  • BALANCE YOUR B12, BALANCE YOUR NERVES, WWW.B12PATCH.COMChronic fatigue, sleepiness
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressiveness
  • Paranoia
  • Psychoses
  • Dementia

Nerve damage caused by B12 deficiency

In addition to psychiatric symptoms, vitamin B12 deficiency causes severe damage to your nerves, notably subacute combined degeneration (SCD) of the spinal cord- a severe neurological disorder caused by B-12 deficiency.  SCD causes damage in your spinal cord, brain, and peripheral nerves, beginning with the myelin sheathe.

BALANCE YOUR B12, BALANCE YOUR NERVES, WWW.B12PATCH.COM1- The myelin sheathe- your nervous system’s “ozone layer”
The myelin sheath is a protective covering that surrounds many of your nerves, providing a shield from potential danger.  The myelin sheathe also accelerates communication between your nerves and your many bodily sensors (hands, feet, tongue, nose, eyes).  Vitamin B12 aids your body in maintaining this essential protective mechanism, and low levels of B12 often result in a breakdown of the myelin sheathe.  

2- Communication breakdown

The nerves of your spinal cord rely on a steady inflow of information from your nerve sensors throughout your body.  Messages from the nerves in your legs, for example, flow along the spinal cord and to the brain, thus controlling movements like running, walking, skipping, and tapping your feet.  Nerve damage causes these signals to become misinterpreted, resulting in poor coordination, or gait ataxia.

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3- Gait ataxia- taking the spring out of your step

A typical sign of abnormal neurological behavior resulting from B12 deficiency is gait ataxia, which is difficulty walking.  Gait ataxia is also one of the symptoms of pernicious anemia, red blood cell disease associated with prolonged vitamin B-12 deficiency.  Symptoms of gait ataxia are:

  • Unsteady gait, difficulty walking without stumbling
  • Difficulty staying balanced on one leg
  • Trembling awkward movements, clumsiness
  • Muscular weakness in the legs and arms
  • Spasticity
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Vision problems, blurriness

4- Paresthesias- “pins and needles” and numbness sensations

An early sign of nerve damage related to vitamin B12 cobalamin deficiency is paresthesias, resulting in numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.  Paresthesias is a kind of peripheral neuropathy that affects the peripheral nerves that run along your spinal cord and to your extremities, thus causing that pins and needles sensation that you often feel in your hands and feet.

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Do you have vitamin B12 deficiency?  Go ask a hematologist.

The only way to determine if you are indeed suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency is by getting a blood test.  If a physician diagnoses you with dangerously low levels of B12, then he may recommend B12 injections, which will require a prescription.

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  • Vitamin B12- How much do you need?
  • Absorbing Vitamin B12, a Metabolic Gastrointestinal Journey
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    Celiac and B12- Celiac Disease and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Friday, October 28th, 2011

     

     

    Celiac disease and vitamin B12 deficiency are interrelated, but many celiacs are unaware of the high risk for developing vitamin B-12 deficiency. Like celiac disease, vitamin B12 deficiency is sometimes an autoimmune disorder brought on by pernicious anemia.

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    What is vitamin B-12?

    Vitamin B12, “cyanocobalamin,” is an essential nutrient that occurs in protein foods, such as beef and chicken liver, oysters, shrimp, cheese, yogurt, and eggs. Vitamin B12 is water-soluble, and is stored in the liver

    B12 is crucial for healthy red blood cell production, for protecting your nervous system, for supporting cardiovascular health, and for sustaining normal cognitive functioning, such as memory, thinking skills, and logic.

    What are the symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency?

    If you are unable to sustain sufficient amounts of B12 in your liver, then you may start to feel tired, depressed, and disoriented.  You might notice a numbing or tingling sensation in your hands and feet, described as “pins and needles.” 

    You might also notice that you have a hard time remembering important dates or meetings, or finding the right word while talking to somebody or sending an e-mail.

    (Read Feed your Brain Something You’ll never Forget)

    Some side effects and/or complications that may arise unless you receive treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency:

    • Chronic fatigue
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Paranoia
    • Aggressiveness
    • Distractedness
    • Short-term memory loss
    • Loss of physical balance
    • Tingling-numbing in extremities
    • Red, swollen tongue
    • Altered taste perception
    • Malnourishment
    • Anemia
    • Increased risk for heart disease or stroke
    • Osteoporosis
    • Liver disease
    • Dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease
    • Severe neurological damage

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    What is celiac disease?

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.  Celiac patients and others with gluten intolerance must avoid all products containing gluten- baked goods, packaged snacks, and a long list of food additives- in order to avoid symptoms.

    Celiac disease is one of many autoimmune diseases that occur with vitamin B12 deficiency.  With celiac, patients who eat any foods containing gluten experience painful symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and achiness.  That is because their immune system identifies gluten as a threat, and begins to attack traces of gluten in the digestive system, causing severe damage to the intestinal tract. 

    Why are celiac disease patients at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency?

    Scientists don’t claim that celiac disease is an outright cause of low vitamin B12, but they have noted a strong correlation- enough to warrant extensive research and recommendations.

    In order to digest nutrients such as vitamin B12 properly, you need to have a healthy digestive system.  People with autoimmune diseases that cause gastrointestinal damage, such as Hashimoto’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and celiac diseases, are unable to absorb nutrients from dietary sources because of damage to their stomach linings, small intestines or colon.  

    For them, malabsorption often leads to anemia, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, and peripheral neuropathy in the hands and feet (thus the tingling and numbness).

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    Celiac disease patients, and others who can’t absorb vitamin B12

    Besides celiac disease, other factors can make it difficult for your body to absorb enough vitamin B12:

    • Chronic alcoholism
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Inability to produce intrinsic factor, a necessary protein for B12 vitamin absorption
    • Gastrointestinal surgeries (gastric bypass, IBD surgery) that involve removing your ileum, a part of your small intestine that helps you digest vitamin B12 from food
    • Long-time usage of heartburn medications
    • Following a vegan diet

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    Does following a gluten-free diet cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

    Not entirely; according to research by the University of Edinburgh, people who suffer celiac disease, but do not receive treatment, have a 41% chance of developing vitamin B12 deficiency. 

    In celiac patients who started following a gluten-free diet, most of their symptoms disappeared.  However, a significant amount of celiacs continued to suffer neuropathic symptoms such as tingling and numbness, and those side effects did not disappear until they brought their vitamin B12 levels back to normal with routine vitamin B12 supplements.

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    Read more about preventing vitamin B12 deficiency:

    Absorbing Vitamin B12, a Metabolic Gastrointestinal Journey

    6 Degrees of Vitamin B12- B12 Deficiency and Autoimmune Disease

    Gastrointestinal Surgery for Crohn’s (IBD) and B12 Warnings

    Sources:

    Anemia-B12 Deficiency- University of Maryland Medical Center

    Celiac Disease & Vitamin B12 Deficiency- LIVESTRONG.COM

    Vitamin B12 deficiency in untreated celiac disease- PubMed – NCBI

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