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Who are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 is water-soluble, and is named cobalamin because it has the element cobalt in its structure.

Vitamin B12 maintains healthy nervous system and assists with blood cell formation.

Deficiency of cobalamin may cause eczma, dandruff, hair loss, skin disorders, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, confusion, mental depression, drowsiness, and hallucinations.

Usually bound to protein in foods (as in meat and eggs), cobalamin is released in digestion. Intrinsic Factor, a substance made by cells that line the stomach, binds to cobalamin, and this complex of cobalamin and intrinsic factor is then absorbed in the small intestine.

Some people cannot make enough intrinsic factor to bind with cobalamin, and as a result, they absorb very little vitamin B12 in the digestive tract. Over time, this can develop into a disorder called pernicious anemia.
Pernicious anemia takes time to develop because the liver stores enough vitamin B12 to last.

But if none, or very little vitamin B12, is absorbed through the diet, it will take about a year or so for the liver’s reserves of vitamin B12 to be depleted.

Another way to develop vitamin B12 deficiency is to not take in enough foods that provide vitamin B12. This can occur to strict vegetarians who neglect to supplement their diet with vitamin B12.
It’s important to understand that vegetarians who are thinking about pregnancy need to start vitamin B12 supplementation long before they become pregnant.

Infants of vegetarian moms have limited stores of vitamin B12 and can develop a deficiency within months of birth. So it is important that vegetarian moms who breastfeed their infants take vitamin B12 supplement. Untreated deficiency of vitamin B12 in babies can result in severe and permanent neurological (nerve) damage.

Many older adults are marginally deficient in cobalamin. Smokers, people who have been taking some prescription drug are also at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Most persons that have low levels and diets poor in vitamin B12 would do well to supplement B12 daily.


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