A deficiency in vitamin B12 (the “energy vitamin”) is one of the most dangerous vitamin deficiencies in the world. Left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to irreversible nerve and brain damage. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the early warning signs.
Because B12 is only found in animal food sources, it used to be widely believed that only strict vegetarians and vegans were at risk for B12 deficiency. While it’s true that B12 deficiency is extremely common in vegetarians and vegans, as it turns out, the problem is a lot more widespread than anyone thought.
According to a study published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nearly 40% of adults under age 50 have levels of vitamin B12 low enough to cause problems. Along with a lack of meat in the diet, what else can cause B12 deficiency?
Age, regular use of antacids, heavy alcohol use, gastric bypass surgery, Crohn’s or celiac disease, and even consuming more than 4 cups of coffee a day can cause low vitamin B12 levels.
1. Sleepy Head
No one feels like doing cartwheels at 3:00 in the afternoon. But if you’re yawning and tired all day – even after getting 8 hours of shut-eye – you could be deficient in vitamin B12. Fatigue is often the first sign of low B12 levels. Why does it make you sleepy? One of the jobs of B12 is to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your organs. Lack of oxygen = longing for your pillow.
We all have the occasional “brain fart,” but if yours seem to be happening on a regular basis, it’s a sign of B12 deficiency you don’t want to ignore. Forgetfulness and fatigue are often the only symptoms of B12 deficiency in its earliest stages. What happens when you write off your forgetfulness as just a normal part of life or aging? B12 depletion in its later stages can cause irreversible brain damage in as little as two months.
3. “Mushy” Muscles
When climbing the stairs feels like climbing Mt. Everest or your grocery bag feels like it contains boulders, your body could be trying to warn you of a B12 deficiency. Remember how the job of B12 is to make red blood cells, which distribute oxygen to the body? When your muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen, they feel like mush.
4. Ghostly Looking
If your otherwise rosy complexion is starting to resemble that of a “Walking Dead” cast member, low vitamin B12 levels could be to blame. Your skin may also start turning a yellow hue.
5. Pins & Needles
If you’ve begun to experience numbness or tingling in your hands, legs or feet, a lack of B12 could be to blame. In addition to forming red blood cells, B12 is essential for the proper function and development of nerve cells.
Whoa, head rush. Everyone experiences dizziness from time to time, from mild imbalance to full-on vertigo. If you’re getting hit with dizziness on a regular basis, this could be a sign of low B12.
Suspicious That You’re B12 Deficient?
Before you rush out and buy a B12 supplement, be aware: The problem with most vitamin supplements – including B12 – is that the body cannot absorb them. This renders the vitamin completely useless to the body. SAY WHAT?! It’s true.
Most supplements only take a joyride through the body. The cells can’t actually absorb the nutrition and make you feel better. That’s why vitamin deficiencies are running rampant even in people who supplement. After years of research and taking the best of what Mother Nature has to offer, Oxyfresh created a totally unique vitamin drink that works at the cellular level: Vitality.
When you take Oxyfresh's Vitality each day, it’s like getting vitamin B shot, but without the needle. This potent vitamin drink is loaded with 350 mcg of vitamin B12 - as much B12 as you’d get from 13.3 pounds of salmon. Plus, you get all the other incredible vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs each day for natural energy, restful sleep, a strong immune system and a happy mood.
What’s our secret? Key cellular transporters including N-acetyl cysteine, magnesium and zinc citrate so your body can actually absorb and benefit from this elite nutrition. Try Vitality Now to boost your vitamin B and feel amazing ... naturally!
Vitality B12 vs. Other Supplements
Vitality contains the superior form of B12: methylcobalamin.
Most supplements you’ll find on the market contain cyanocobalamin, which is much harder for your body to absorb. Cyanocobalamin contains a cyanide molecule. Cyanide is a poisonous substance that must be removed from the body.
Cyanocobalamin does not contain enough cyanide to pose a poisonous health risk, but regardless, the body must cleave off the cyanide molecule and remove it from the body.
This process taxes your detoxification system and burns antioxidants while ridding your body of the cyanide. Once the cyanide molecule is cleaved off, the cobalamin must be attached to a methyl so the body can utilize the B12.
Methylcobalamin, which Vitality has, is a natural form of B12. It is already in the methylated form and readily utilized by the body. This means it has tremendously better absorption, better retention, and does not contain any toxic components that the body must eliminate.
So why doesn’t every product use methyl? Because it can cost up to 100 times as much as the cheaper cyanocobalamin. Companies can still advertise their products have B12 when they use cyanocobalamin.