By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Vitamin B12 and Folate are crucial to your health and not having enough of either one can cause serious heath issues. Both of these vitamins occur naturally in certain foods, and both are considered “B” vitamins. It is a concern that if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet that you will most likely be deficient in vitamin B12 because you can only get this vitamin in meats, dairy, and eggs; therefore supplementing Vitamin B12 should be considered.
The body does not produce vitamin B12 on its own and that why it is necessary to either get vitamin B12 through your foods on a regular basis or to supplement. Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are common in people who follow a vegan diet, have Crohn’s or Celiac Disease, had weight loss surgery, who suffer from mal-absorption or who are alcoholics.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the body to produce healthy red blood cells. If the body is not able to do this it can lead to symptoms of B12 anemia. Symptoms of low vitamin B12 can include mental issues such as confused thinking, memory loss, and dementia. Deficiency symptoms can also include fatigue, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness, falling, twitching and vision loss.
If you are not getting enough of the vitamin “Folate”, you may not be eating enough fresh fruit and vegetables. Genetics could be a reason why a Folate deficiency occurs. This happens because about half of the population does not convert folic acid into the usable form which is called “Folate”. Folate is present in many leafy greens, peanuts, broccoli and more. However, if you are not getting enough Folate through your foods a good vitamin can help- just don’t skimp on the quality because folic acid is synthetic. Low Folate could cause megaloblastic anemia, and severe birth defect in the brain or spinal cord of a fetus.
Not sure if you have a vitamin B12 or Folate deficiency? It is super easy to find out by performing a specific vitamin and mineral test! It is also helpful to include the MTHFR genetic testing. Both tests an be ordered and done in the same test kit. Our test kit will not only tell you about your vitamin B12 and Folate levels, but it will also reveal your levels for vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, Biotin, Pantothenate, Vitamins A, C, D, E and K, Copper, and much more! Stop guessing and find out today!
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Medical disclaimer: Our B12 and Folate and Vitamin and Mineral test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.