Vitamin B12 deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency is far more common than publicly understood. Vitamin B12 is necessary for optimal brain and neurological function as well as formation of red blood cells. Deficiency of Vitamin B12 is usually a consequence of low gastric acid and a strictly vegetarian/vegan diet. Some gastric procedures like gastric bypass surgery effect vitamin B12 absorption significantly as well as alcoholism. Also numerous pharmaceutical drugs have been linked to vitamin B12 deficiency;
- Proton pump inhibitors to treat GERD and excess stomach acid.
- Oral contraceptives.
- Drugs to treat stomach ulcers.
- Metformin for diabetes.
- Over the counter antacids.
Half Of The Population May Be Deficient Of Vitamin B12
A study at Tufts University on 2000 revealed that 39% of the study group of 3,000 people had low levels of vitamin B12. The study used the concentration of 258 pmol/l which is 350 pg/ml as a low level definition of vitamin B12. Read More at http://www.completeplan.com/vitamin-b12.html