5 causes of B12 deficiency

How is Your B12 status?

If you don't know, have your doctor run your blood levels of vitamin B12 (and remember not to take any B vitamin supplements the day you run your labs!)

Deficiency of this critical vitamin is more common than it needs to be—with 25% of Americans being deficient.
B12 deficiency is mainly due to limited dietary intake or poor absorption. 

5 Common Causes of B12 Deficiency

  1. Vegan/vegetarian diet
  2. High stress
  3. Antacid use
  4. H. Pylori infection
  5. Pernicious anemia 

What is Vitamin B12 Required For?

  • Proper red blood cell formation
  • Neurological function
  • DNA synthesis
  • Conversion of homocysteine to methionine
  • Healthy methylation and metabolism
  • Cognitive health
  • Healthy energy levels

Low B12 levels have been associated with increased risk of:*

  • Neural tube defects
  • Miscarriages (particularly if you have the MTHFR genetic mutation)
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Elevated homocysteine levels (an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease)
  • Low energy
  • Nerve pain
  • Megaloblastic anemia 

Are you one of the 25% of people that need B12 support?

Active B12 5000 Lozenges provide two active “coenzyme” forms of vitamin B12 — methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. These coenzymes are the forms required by important B12-dependent enzymes and reactions within the body. These tasty lozenges make it easy to get your daily dose of B12, providing 5000 mcg of vitamin B12 per lozenge.

Don't fall victim to a preventable deficiency; talk to your healthcare team about assessing your B12 levels soon! 


*References: National Institutes of Health. Vitamin B12 Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/

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