DR WRIGHTS JUNE HEALTH BULLETIN
VITAL VITAMIN B12
Vitamin B12 is vital for good health. It is essential for releasing energy from food, maintaining healthy nerves, blood cells, skin and hair. It helps proteins and fats to be utilised by the body, and is essential in general growth and development. It also helps produce our DNA genetic material. In general living, a deficiency may lead to a serious blood condition called “pernicious anaemia”, once fatal. Also, it adversely affects the nervous system.
Common symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, light headedness, headache and irritability. Other symptoms include nausea, lack of appetite, sore mouth, diarrhoea, abnormal gait, loss of sensations in hands and feet, confusions, memory loss and depression. In short, a formidable list. (See yourself there somewhere?) We need 2.4 mcg a day, with a blood level of 220 or more. Now, many follow a vegetarian diet, like me (and my mum who lived to 100) and wonder if they are receiving an adequate amount of B12, especially as meat and fish are the richest natural source.
WHERE YOU’LL FIND IT
Fortunately, it is found in many other readily available foods. These include cottage cheese, eggs (boiled, scrambled, poached, omelette). Whole milk, yoghurt, and cheddar cheese. Any of the above symptoms require a full blood work-out including vitamin B12. If low, it is easily treated with vitamin B12. In tablet form, it must be taken one hour before food, but a single injection of long acting “Neo-cytamen 1000” twice a year (as I do) is much simpler, and relatively cheap. The results are quick and may be amazingly positive.
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