Antacids Can Cause a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

1013According to a recent study, people who use antacids like Zantac, Nexium and Prilosec over a long period of time can experience a vitamin B12 deficiency. Your body needs vitamin B12, and without this essential vitamin you may experience mental fogginess, lack of motivation, mood changes, muscle weakness and fatigue. If you’re prone to acid reflux, the key is to find a balance between treating symptoms and regulating your B12 levels.*

Try to fight your acid reflux by ensuring that you have enough probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in your system. If you are still reaching for antacids, consider taking a B12 supplement or eat more B12 rich foods like shellfish, red meat, eggs and low-fat dairy.

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*http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/10/249975706/popular-antacids-increase-the-risk-of-b-12-deficiency
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