ConsumerLab.com Answers  

B12 Deficiency Symptoms

Question:
What are the symptoms of B12 deficiency?
Symptoms of B12 Deficiency -- paper with question "Are you getting enough vitamin B12" and boxes to check yes or no
Answer:
Vitamin B12 helps make the genetic material in all cells, so deficiency can have wide-ranging effects. These commonly include anemia, as well as fatigue, depression, tingling in the arms and legs, loss of balance, as well as skin and hair changes. In some cases, B12 deficiency may reduce immunity.

Older adults are more likely to experience B12 deficiency. Strict vegetarians and people taking medications that decrease stomach acid, such as Prevacid and Prilosec, or those taking the anti-diabetes drug metformin, are also more likely to become deficient. B12 supplements can correct a deficiency, and B12 injections are typically not necessary.

For more details, see the Vitamin B12 section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for B12 supplements.

Keep in mind that getting too much B12 can cause adverse effects, and many B vitamin supplements contain more B12 than necessary and can be absorbed.

Learn more about vitamin B12:



Being over 50 years old, I'm looking to take a vitamin B-12 supplement. I see that many contain a form of vitamin B-12 called cyanocobalamin, yet I read on the Internet that this form is toxic. Should I be concerned? >>

Can taking too much vitamin B-12 be dangerous? The label on my B-complex states it contains 50,000% of the Daily Value!  >>

Is sublingual vitamin B-12 really better than the pill form? >>

I've heard that having low B-12 or B-6 can cause depression. Is that true? >>

What B-vitamin complex do you recommend for older people? >>

Do vitamin patches, such as for B12 or multivitamins, really work? How about those from PatchMD?  >>

See other recent and popular questions >>
COMMENTS

Mike17477   January 20, 2019
I was prescribed PPIs for reflux for several years and I ended up with peripheral neuropathy in my legs and the resultant balance problems. This was caused by B12 deficiency which prevents you extracting/absorbing vital minerals from your food with all the consequences of mineral deficiecies preventing cell renewal...i.e. premature aging etc. PPIs are dangerous and are now availablein the UK without prescription. Lack of stomach acid damages digestion and makes food poisoing much more likely

Rebecca17487   January 23, 2019
In addition, PPIs alter "downstream" bacterial communities. I was having issues with reflux and esophogeal pain, gastric bloating and was prescribed a PPI. After reading about digestion physiology and realized that the cardiac sphincter relies on acid as a cue to tighten up and thus prevent reflux, I decided low stomach acid was my issue. Taking digestive enzymes (Soloray Digestaway) for about 1 mo with meals stopped my issues. I took deglycerlyzed licorice for about 2 weeks for esophogeal pain. It has been about 8 y ago that I tried this approach and it worked. If I eat several large meals late at night and feel a bit bloated I take them for about 1-2 days. This may not be an approach for everyone, but it worked for me. I have no other health issues and am not overweight.

Herman17879   May 29, 2019
Thanks for your comment. PPIs are handed out like candy anymore and people don't think of the dangers. I was even “scolded” by a doctor because I stopped taking my prescription and found other ways to solve my GERD


Share your thoughts and comments about this topic in the space below. Please abide by the following rules:
  • If you make a statement of fact, such as whether a type of treatment does or does not work, state your basis -- such as personal experience or a published study.
  • If you make a positive or negative comment about a product, note whether or not you have a financial interest in the product or in a competing product.
  • Please be respectful in your tone.
  • Please do not submit any type of HTML markup or scripting as it will not be accepted, nor will comments that exceed 2,500 characters.
For your privacy, only your first name (from your account) followed by a random number will appear with your comment. Your last name and email address will not be displayed.
Comment:

Share your thoughts and comments about this topic in the space below. Please abide by the following rules:
  • If you make a statement of fact, such as whether a type of treatment does or does not work, state your basis -- such as personal experience or a published study.
  • If you make a positive or negative comment about a product, note whether or not you have a financial interest in the product or in a competing product.
  • Please be respectful in your tone.
  • Please do not submit any type of HTML markup or scripting as it will not be accepted, nor will comments that exceed 2,500 characters.
For your privacy, only your first name (from your account) followed by a random number will appear with your comment. Your last name and email address will not be displayed.
Comment:

You can modify your comment below. Please be aware the comment will have to approve the changes before they will be shown:
Comment:

Your edit has been submitted and is being reviewed by ConsumerLab.com prior to publication.
This CL Answer initially posted on 1/19/2019. Last updated 5/14/2019.
ConsumerLab.com members may submit questions to CLAnswers@ConsumerLab.com. We read all questions and try to answer those of popular interest.

 

   BECOME A MEMBER
JOIN NOW


Product Reviews

ENCYCLOPEDIA
In addition to our product reviews our encyclopedia covers the following:

Herbs & Supplements

Conditions

Drug Interactions

Alternative Therapies

MEMBER TESTIMONIALS


Follow us on...
facebook twitter
 
 
Join |  Sign In
   
Join Us on Facebook! Join Us on Instagram! Join Us on Twitter! Join Us on YouTube! Join Us on YouTube!
Product Tests
Brands Tested
Health Conditions
Encyclopedia
CL Answers
Clinical Updates
News
Recalls & Warnings
RDAs
Where to Buy Products
Raw Materials Tests
Testing Program
How Products Were Tested
Join CL Today
Testimonials
Join Free Newsletter
Group Subscriptions
Gift Membership
About Us
The CL Seal
CL Survey
Privacy Policy
Sitemap
Contact Us/Help

©2019 ConsumerLab.com, LLC. All rights reserved. A single copy of a report may be printed for personal use by the subscriber. It is otherwise unlawful to print, download, store or distribute content from this site without permission.
ConsumerLab.com name and flask logo are both registered trademarks of ConsumerLab.com, LLC. This site is intended for informational purposes only and not to provide medical advice.