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What is Vitamin B12?

Posted by Patronus Medical on Dec 3, 2018 2:12:14 PM


B12 is a water-soluble vitamin we all need to stay healthy and feel great. It is involved in metabolism with every cell in the human body and has a significant impact on DNA synthesis, energy production, nerve cell health, red blood cell formation, and neurological function.

Where is B12 Found?

B12 is primarily found in animal-based foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy. This is why many vegetarians take B12 supplements. Unfortunately, many non-vegetarians can be B12 deficient without even knowing it. You are at risk of B12 deficiency if you do not get enough from your diet, if you are not able to absorb enough from your food, or if you have a genetic mutation that limits your ability to process B vitamins effectively.

Signs You May Be B12 Deficient:

Unfortunately, signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency can take years to appear. Alcoholics, addicts, the elderly, individuals who have recently had surgery, individuals taking diabetes medications, vegans and vegetarians, and individuals taking antacid drugs are at a higher risk of B12 deficiency. These are the most common signs and symptoms you may be experiencing if you are B12 deficient.

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Pale or jaundiced skin
  • Changes to mobility, especially difficulties in maintaining balance
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dizziness, breathlessness, and frequent headaches
  • Vision changes, especially increasingly blurred or disturbed vision
  • Mood changes, especially depression, irritability, and lethargy

What Can You Do?

Vitamin B12 deficiency can present itself in various ways, and if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it would be a good idea for you to see your physician and if you are determined to be Vitamin B12 deficient your doctor may recommend that you begin taking B12 supplements including Vit B12 injections. The NIH recommends B12 supplements for any person over the age of 50 regardless of medical history. Patronus Wellness’ Energizer Injection contains Bioactive B12 and helps with mental clarity, increases energy by boosting metabolism, lifts the immune system, promotes deeper sleep, and improves stamina.

To learn more about B12 and Patronus’ wellness offerings in La Jolla, click here or call 858-324-6364. To learn more about Patronus, click here, email, or call  954-715-6428. We look forward to speaking with you!



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