Vitamin B-12 is essential
We need Vitamin B-12 for metabolism—all the processes in the body that depend on energy. This includes such vital functions as breathing and circulating blood, digesting food and keeping our brain and nerves functioning.1 Vitamin B-12 even helps make DNA, the genetic material in all our cells.2
Naturally, you want to do all you can to keep your body's storehouse of B-12 at a healthy level. But some people are more likely than others to suffer a Vitamin B-12 deficiency, including those who:
- Are over age 50
- Follow a vegetarian or vegan diet
- Have had gastrointestinal surgery
- Have digestive disorders such as celiac or Crohn's disease1
Key signs of deficiency
We all feel tired and listless sometimes, but if symptoms like these are part of daily life, you might be suffering from a deficiency of Vitamin B-12. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns healthcare providers to watch their patients for these signs of low Vitamin B-12 levels:3
- Heart palpitations
- Vision loss
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- Tingling of the hands and feet
The CDC doesn't stop there: it notes that a B-12 deficiency can also show up as anorexia (an eating disorder), diarrhea and constipation… it might even boost the risk of heart disease and stroke.3
It's important to note that even if you have any of these signs, it does not necessarily mean that you have a B-12 deficiency. These signs could stem from many causes. However, it does mean that your healthcare provider might want to rule out B-12 deficiency as a possible culprit.
Get the B-12 you need
Experts say that ideally, we should get the B-12 we need from a healthy varied diet. If that isn't enough, supplementation is recommended. Vitamin B-12 can be given as a shot, with a prescription, or without prescription in a form that dissolves under the tongue (sublingual).1
Why sublingual from TriVita?
With no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, these made-in-the-U.S. B-12 supplements are premium quality. Unlike some chain store brands of B-12, TriVita's products are subject to high quality standards, from pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and manufacturing to third-party testing and certification.
1 "Vitamin B12." MedlinePlus, a service of U.S. National Library of Medicine and National. Institutes of Health. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002403.htm
2 "Vitamin B12." Dietary Supplement Face Sheet. Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health. Available at: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-QuickFacts/
3 "Manifestations of Low Vitamin B12 Levels". Vitamin B12 Deficiency. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Continuing Medical Education for Primary Care Providers. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/b12/manifestations.html