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Vitamin B12 Benefits For Women
Take only if needed: If you are vitamin B12 defecient, then a B12 supplement can help with anemia and nerve function. If you are not B12 defecient, the it will not help. Overdosing of Vitamin B12 can cause nerve dysfunction, diarrhea, and other side effects. My general advice is that if you do not have a vitamin defeciency, the a general multivitamin once daily is all that you need. ...Read more
Your B12 is certainly on the low side.
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What is the max daily dose of vitamin B12 an adult female with very low levels can take? If her face is flushed is she taking too much?
Interesting question: Adults generally need 2.6 micrograms b12/day. To replace deficiencies, im shots bypass gut absorption problems that can contribute to deficiency in the first place. 1, 000 micrograms of intramuscular cobalamin can be given once/day for 10 days, then once/week for four weeks, followed by once/month for life. Sublingual b12, 500-1000mcg/day. The form of B12 (cobalamin) may be important; see comment. ...Read more
Depends: Many have B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia. This leads to a decrease in the body's ability to absorb B12 through the GI tract. B12 injections are the best initial treatment. Some patients with pernicious anemia are able to keep their B12 levels up with oral supplements. However, if levels are already low, i'd recommend starting B12 injections and testing for pernicious anemia. ...Read more
My vitamin B12 is 763 and it's suppose to be from 198-615. Is this bad and what does this mean? 24 y/o female. I don't take any supplements/vitamins.
That's fine: Reference ranges are set to reflect where most healthy people fall. Some folks have extra B12-carrying protein and hence a higher B12 level in the blood, or you might have recently taken some B12 perhaps without knowing it. If you are otherwise well and your basic labwork isn't otherwise WAY off, this is never a problem. ...Read more
My vitamin B12 went from 178 to 758 on my next blood test 2 years later. Would a daily supplement really raise it that much? I am a 50 yr old woman.
Likely: If you were consistently taking the supplement, then yes it is likely for your numbers to climb--especially over the course of 2 years. ...Read more
What are the benefits of me taking fish oil pills daily? I am a 22 year old male, I am also taking vitamin B12
Female, age 91 yrs with peripheral neuropathy, feet lost sensations. Will vitamin B12 injections help?
Female, age 81 yrs with diabetic neuropathy, feet lost normal sensation. Does vitamin B12 injections help?
Will vitamin B12 injections help loss of sensation in the feet for an 81-year-old female with diabetic neuropathy?
I am 21 years old. What will happen if I take vitamin B12 and omega 3 supplements everyday at the prescribed amount? What benefits?
I'm 21 years old what benefits will taking vitamin B12 pills and fish oil pills do for me? I need more energy. What supplements can I take? Thanks.
Living Life: I know of no physician that would recommend vitamins or supplements to a healthy 21 yo male. Energy comes from being active, getting good sleep unencumbered by alcohol or other drugs. The most accurate advice would also to be living a life that includes very little sugars and regular cardiovascular exercise. One should not assume that pills will give you good health. Good health activities do. ...Read more
4 year old female always had low Vitamin B12 had high infection 4 weeks ago now has platelet count well above average white blood cell count increased?
Check again: Often blood cell abnormalities come and go for a variety of reasons. I would recommend you see your pediatrician or family doctor and have your child thoroughly examined. A normal exam will be very reassuring. I would also repeat the blood tests in a week or two and compare. I would also talk to the doctor about diet and vitamins for the B12 deficiency. ...Read more
Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?
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
Virtually nontoxic: At any dose. I do not believe that you will find very much written on the toxic effects of B12 although I have had a couple of patients who took something on the order of 10x what I had prescribed them was already in the 10, 000IU range so they were taking about 100, 000IU daily for several weeks and the patient developed diarrhea. When he stopped that resident, within several days diarrhea stopped ...Read more
Possible causes: You could have a low b-12 if you are vegetarian, have been for several years and don't take supplemental b-12. It could be low if you don't make intrinsic factor. This is made in the stomach and is needed to absorb b-12. Lack of intrinsic factor is usually an autoimmune disorder. You could have low b-12 due to taking proton pump inhibitors for a long time as stomach acid is needed as well. ...Read more
B-12: No, that dosage is perfectly fine. There has not been an upper limit set for oral vitamin b-12. Generally speaking if and individual has a vitamin b-12 deficiency confirmed by test, it is either given im or sc. ...Read more
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
Meat, supplements: The best dietary source of B12 is, surprisingly, clams. Beef liver is another good source, though I would only eat this if organic. Salmon & other fish, beef, dairy & eggs are also good sources. Many grains & cereals are fortified with b12. The most reliable vegan source is nutritional yeast but I advise vegans to take a B12 supp. See http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/vitaminb12-healthprofessional/. ...Read more
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