What Causes Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
Dr. Oz said that your vitamin B12 deficiency is caused by one of the following:
- Age – As you get older, your body’s natural ability to absorb vitamin B12 decreases. Approximately 30% of people over the age of 50 are vitamin B12 deficient. Some of the proteins involved in helping us absorb B12 decrease naturally as we age.
- Diet – B12 is only found in animal sources, so if you are vegan or vegetarian you could be deficient. Also, if you drink alcohol on a regular basis, you increase your risk for being low on B12. Women who drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day and men who drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day should be concerned.
Why Is Vitamin B12 Important? What Does It Do?
According to Dr. Oz, if you have enough vitamin B12, your brain is naturally able to “fire on all cylinders.” B12 allows your nerve cells to communicate with each other and protects your nervous system. But when B12 levels decrease, you increase your nervous system’s risk for having difficulty sending and receiving messages. The less vitamin B12 in your system, the slower your system works.
Fortunately, Doctor Oz created a quiz to help people determine if their worrying and anxiety could be caused by low vitamin B12 levels. You can find the quiz on the following page…