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Vitamin B12 (Overview)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent).


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What does vitamin B12 actually do for you?

What does vitamin B12 actually do for you?

When I started: Practice it was mainly used for pernicious anemia. Lately I have been reading about it use in alzheimer's disease. My spouse swears it give her energy. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 (Overview)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent).


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What are the symptoms of taking an overdose of vitamin b12?

What are the symptoms of taking an overdose of vitamin b12?

Vitamin B12 overdose: Too much vitamin B12 can cause mild diarrhea, skin rashes, hives, breathing problems, heart palpitations, panic attacks, and insomnia. The symptoms typically disappear within a few hours, as the excess B12 is flushed from the system, so no specific treatment is required. ...Read more

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Eating a Vegetarian Diet (Tip)

Eating a Vegetarian Diet

If you are vegan, ask your doctor about vitamin B12 levels. Some vegans use vitamin B12 supplements. ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: vitamin B12 deficiency?

LACK OF ABSORPTION: B12 deficiency can be due to a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Since B12 is primarily found in animal products (e.g., dairy, egg, meat, etc.) vegetarians are more at risk. A deficiency is suspected when rbcs increase in size (e.g., high MCV and/or MCH in cbc) and can cause megaloblastic anemia. Symptoms can include fatigue and neuropathy. It is best corrected with methyl B12 by injection. ...Read more

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My age is 23.i m suffering frm thyroid TSH 7.38 Also vitamin D is 9.8,severe joints pain in whole body.. Vitamin B12 is also less. Doctor has prescribe Anachitol 6 dose per week and Megaremon 8 dose per 3 days.. Also one tablet Newbona active.. Please te

GI problem?: Based on the low levels of several vitamins, I would be concerned about some form of malabsorption syndrome. Do you have chronic diarrhea? Pernicious anemia from low B12? Osteomalacia from low Vit D? You probably need to take some levothyroxine (but will you absorb this?). Sounds like your doctor is giving you vitamins, which is good, but what is the cause of all this? ...Read more

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What is the best use for vitamin b12?

What is the best use for vitamin b12?

Absolutely: B12 in the form of methyl cobalamin is necessary for numerous biochemical pathways. It can prevent psychoses, nerve tissue degeneration and megaloblastic anemia. Methyl B12 can be given safely at doses up to 3mg intramuscularly and can be given weekly in those patients who cannot absorb it through the GI tract. Otherwise, 2mg oraly is optimal. There are no known side-effects of having to much. ...Read more

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What food sources of vitamin B12 actually work?

What food sources of vitamin B12 actually work?

B12: B12 principally derives from animal sources and eggs. Dairy has little. Select soy can provide some. More vegan foods are being supplemented with B12, as B12 defici,ency is common among vegans. See www.vegetarian.org.uk/factsheets/b12factsheet.html ...Read more

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