Ending Your Energy Crisis with Essential B12

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Last Reviewed: Wellbeing Leave a Comment

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Could vitamin B12 be the key to ending your energy crisis? Vitamin B12 is one of those nutrients you may think you’re getting in spades, but in reality, you could use a little boost. After all, B12 is an essential nutrient that helps keep energy and cognitive function high and blood and nerve cells working at optimum levels.

Sources of Vitamin B12 and Causes of Deficiency

Essential to the human body, vitamin B12 can only be found naturally in meat, seafood, and dairy, so it tends to elude those who choose to follow diets low in or devoid of meat or animal byproducts.

Others who might need a B12 lift? Older adults and those with certain conditions are sometimes unable to absorb dietary B12. In fact, 10 to 30 percent of older adults suffer from atrophic gastritis, a condition that decreases the ability to absorb B12 because of a lack of gastric acid. Autoimmune conditions such as Crohn's disease and celiac disease also interfere with vitamin B12 absorption.

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You don’t have to have a chronic B12 deficiency to warrant a B12 supplementation; sometimes they’re prescribed as energy boosters for athletes or those who suffer from adrenal fatigue. In fact, if you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider a B12 supplement:

Early Signs of a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Paleness
  • Headaches
  • Low blood pressure
  • Intermittent constipation or diarrhea
  • Inability to concentrate/mental fogginess

What B12 Does For You

B12 is an essential nutrient for brain and heart function, both of which lend themselves to overall health and vitality. It works together with folate to aid in red blood cell formation and DNA synthesis. B12 also helps to lower levels of the amino acid homocysteine, elevated levels of which are linked to serious conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, and dementia.

Vitamin B12 is not naturally produced in the body, so it must be ingested or otherwise supplemented. Since the nutrient is water-soluble, the body can’t store it, so it must be taken on a regular basis.

I often recommend B12 Supplementation in the form of a B complex, like my B-Active Plus.

It’s important for everyone to get the right amount of nutrients, not only those with absorption issues.

B12 Can Help Treat:

  • Fatigue, anemia
  • Colds, flus
  • Thyroid and adrenal imbalances
  • Anxiety, depression, insomnia
  • PMS, menopause, acne
  • Allergies, herpes, psoriasis
  • Nerve pain, dementia, brain fog
  • Obesity, heart disease and many more…

While the best way to get optimum levels of B12 and other vital nutrients is through fresh food sources, sometimes we need to supplement. B12 can be increased through dietary tweaks, in pill or capsule form or through B12 injections.

Injecting B12 directly into the bloodstream is the most efficient way to treat a B12 deficiency or address ongoing issues with fatigue, depression or decreased cognitive function. Shots are injected directly into the muscle (usually the glutes or upper arm) and are quick and relatively painless. Treatment plans may vary from one injection per month to several over a span of weeks, depending on the condition.

Talk with a doctor

Your doctor can help guide you in the appropriate supplementation and lab testing.

Have you used B12 supplements? How has it made you feel? I'd love to know. Please share in the comments below.









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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is a women’s hormone expert and prominent leader in women’s medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology, she takes an integrative approach in her clinical practice. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is the best selling author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth. Dr. Brighten is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York Post, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Elle, and ABC News. Read more about me here.