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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Vitamin B12 Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report for 2009, 5.3 million people in the U.S. alone have this disease and it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the country.  In the next 20 years Alzheimer’s could affect as many as one in four Americans, which would make it more widespread than obesity and diabetes.[1] Vitamin B12 has been shown to be a great benefit for memory stability, which helps the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

So let’s remember to eat more Vitamin B12 rich foods such as chicken, eggs, fish, avocados, nuts, corn or oat meal, and soy.  If you are a vegan, it is recommended that you take Vitamin B12 supplements because humans are not able to metabolize plant B12.

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Dr. Kim

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