Do you get enough B12?
As a vegan, it is very important to find sources of Vitamin B12 because very low B12 intakes can cause anemia and nervous system damage. Vitamin B12 does a lot of things for your body, such as helping to make your DNA and your red blood cells. B12 is normally found in meats, but since I don’t eat meat, I have to find other ways to get this vital vitamin. The only reliable vegan sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals) and B12 supplements. B12 supplements can also be beneficial for people on the HCG diet. The HCG diet combines the use of hormone supplements and calorie restriction to promote weight loss. Consequently, taking a Vitamin B12 supplement alongside the HCG diet can help people face fewer side effects than they would by completing the HCG diet alone by giving the body a boost. You can learn more about b12 injections to lose weight by visiting ihcginjections.com. Since I am tending to add more raw food in my diet, I need to be taking a supplement to make sure I am getting enough of the vitamin. B12 vitamins for women are very important, they improve mood and symptoms of depression and benefit your brain by preventing the loss of neurons.
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
A deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. A mild deficiency may cause only mild, if any, symptoms. But if untreated, it may cause symptoms such as:
- Weakness, tiredness, or light-headedness
- Rapid heartbeat and breathing
- Pale skin
- Sore tongue
- Easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums
- Stomach upset and weight loss
- Diarrhea or constipation
To get the full benefit of a vegan diet, vegans should do one of the following:
- Eat fortified foods two or three times a day to get at least three micrograms (mcg or µg) of B12 a day
- OR Take one B12 supplement daily providing at least 10 micrograms
- OR Take a weekly B12 supplement providing at least 2000 micrograms.
I don’t really like to take pills, so I was excited to find out that B12 supplements come in patch forms. I have tried the Vitamin B12 Super Energy Patch
from PurOrganica. All I have to do is wear a patch twice a week to get a good dose of B12. Once the patch is on, I can’t feel it, and it is easy to remove the next day. I don’t necessarily feel any better, but I haven’t been wearing it for that long.
Another option is to try the Vita Sciences Vitamin B12 Cream . Two pumps of this cream gives you enough B12 for the day. This cream smells great and goes on nice and smooth!