Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to a variety of health problems and its essential that we maintain minimum dosage of Vitamin B12 in order for our bodies to perform at optimum levels. Vitamin B12 is often referred to as methylcobalamin and is a water soluble vitamin. This important vitamin is found in different foods such as fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, and breads. Many people, especially the elderly, are deficient in vitamin B12 either from poor diets or absorption issues. Other groups that are at risk for b12 deficiency are recent surgery patients, diabetics, vegans, and people who have been taking antacid medication long term.
The problem with being B12 deficient is that it takes a rather long time for symptoms to show. There are certain symptoms that slowly arise when one lacks the necessary daily B12 dosage.
One of the telltale external signs is that the person will possibly develop jaundiced skin. Furthermore, the skin will start to look pale and have a slight yellow tinge. The eyes might also look yellow. The yellowish color change is due to the fact that low B12 disrupts the body’s red blood cell production. This disruption in red blood cell production can lead to a particular form of anemia called megaloblastic anemia which results in red blood cells becoming too large and difficult to exit from bone marrow. Ultimately, with low red blood cell circulation the skin develops a yellowish tinge. The fragility of the red blood cells also leads to an increase in bilirubin circulation from the breakdown of the cells. This further adds to the yellowish color in the skin and eyes. The anemia from low B12 can also make the person more out of breath and feeling dizzy especially after physical exertion.
Low B12 also leads to extreme fatigue with the person feeling constantly tired even after taking stimulants such as coffee. The lack of red blood cells discussed previously also means that insufficient oxygen is transported around the body resulting in the person becoming weak and fatigued. B12 helps your body to maintain a healthy level of red blood cell production as well as giving energy to these cells. When your red blood cells have been fed at an efficient rate, you may have more energy and be able to face the day with renewed head on. Taking B12 supplements can help your body to achieve this balance.
A side effect of concern from b12 deficiency is long term nerve related damage. B12 plays an important part in the production of myelin which is a fatty substance that surrounds nerves and provides insulation. Insufficient myelin can give lead to paresthesia and the sensation of pins and needles in the extremities. Nervous system damage can also affect the optical system resulting in blurred vision and is commonly referred to as optic neuropathy. The good thing is this condition is reversible by just taking a b12 supplement.
Because myelin production is diminished, being deficient in B12 can also impact the way we walk or move. A lack of B12 leads to a impaired balance and hand-eye coordination, making people more prone to fall and injure themselves. This is seen prominently in elderly who have had a lack of b12 for years. Mobility tends to decline in general in people past the age of 60 so a good daily dose of Vitamin B12 may improve this impairment
Mood can be drastically altered when you have low Vitamin B12. Low levels of B12 in the long term have been linked to increased rates of depression and anxiety. Even more alarming low B12 in the long run may contribute to the onset of dementia. As with optic neuropathy, supplementing with B12 can reverse symptoms before damage occurs.
Vitamin B12 helps to maintain a healthy balance of magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium in your blood. When you become deficient in these, you begin to feel weak, shaky, and sometimes even nauseous. Because B12 regulates their levels, taking supplements may help you to avoid these negative effects of mineral deficiency.
The evidence is clear: vitamin B12 is vitally important to long term health and so it is important to take a daily supplement so your body maintains an adequate balance. But the B12 that comes in the form of pills or drops offers a rather inefficient way to get this essential vitamin. Pills, powders, and sublinguals follow the traditional path of absorption which means they must first pass through the GI, stomach, and liver prior to getting absorbed. The end result is you get only a fraction of the purported dosage of B12 in the oral supplements
With our Dr Patchwells Power Plus batch you get straight absorption of the infused B12 straight through the skin and into your blood stream. The result is a dramatic increase in B12 that circulates through your body without having to pass through the GI tract at all.
Our B12 patch contains 1300mcg of B12 to give you more than enough natural B energy throughout the whole day.
So don’t let your your B12 levels drop. Chronic low levels of Vitamin B12 can lead to many different health problems with some eventually becoming irreversible. If you’re tired of taking the same old B12 pills throughout the day or getting painful, time consuming, B12 shots, then try our B12 Power Plus Patch.
With Power Plus you just place the patch on at the start of you day after you shower and let it remain there for 10-14 hours. Simply remove it about an hour or so before you sleep.