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Are you fatigued, have a low mood, and lack motivation? If so, it’s very likely that you’re lacking vitamin B12

Studies reveal that around 40% of North Americans are deficient in vitamin B12. It’s also proving to be a common deficiency among Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients. What’s more concerning is that a lot of people are actually unaware that they are deficient in vitamin B12 as many of the tell-tale symptoms are overlooked.

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that our bodies need to survive. Being low in this vitamin will drastically reduce your overall health and wellbeing, so what are some of the main signs to look out for?

The most common vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms that are often neglected include:

  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, legs, or feet
  • Difficulty walking
  • Anemia
  • Swollen and inflamed tongue
  • Yellowed skin
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Weakness

Doctors can also carry out simple tests to find out whether you’re deficient in vitamin B12

If you notice any of the above symptoms, simply visit your doctor and ask them to carry out some tests. The recommended method would be to ask your doctor for an Intracellular B12 test, however, not all doctors can perform this test, in which case, the next best options would be a Methylmalonic or Homocysteine test.

A lack of vitamin B12 can be caused by anemia, leaky gut syndrome, poor gut microbe, and chemotherapy treatment

Pernicious anemia prevents your body from separating the B12 vitamin from food molecules
Leaky gut syndrome and poor gut microbes decrease your body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12
Chemotherapy affects the gut and causes the stomach cells to absorb vitamin B12 at a much slower rate

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