Dizziness, Fatigue, Vision Issues and that “Pins and Needles” feeling…

“Pins and Needles” (or the feeling of numbness) throughout the body when you haven’t compressed any part of your body, can indicate a B12 issue

B12 Deficient?

B12 deficiency is a silent epidemic with serious consequences to your health.  Of all vitamin deficiencies, vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most dangerous.

In fact, reports from the USDA show B12 deficiency may be more widespread than thought, with at least 40% of the population being severely deficient in Vitamin B12. Did you know your ability to absorb vitamin B12 gradually decreases with age? As troubling as it sounds, it can get worse…

Combine advancing age with certain prescription medications (i.e. for heartburn) and a lack of meat in your diet (especially true for vegetarians or vegans) and you could find yourself sorely lacking vitamin B12.So how do you know if you’re deficient?

The following symptoms are signals and should be brought to your doctor’s IMMEDIATE attention…

1. Dizziness
Frequent bouts of dizziness or vertigo often signal B12 stores are low. For instance, you may experience a feeling of wobbles when you get up too fast from a sitting position. You may also feel dangerously dizzy walking up or down stairs.

2. Forgetfulness
Sure, we all get those occasional “brain farts.” However, chronic forgetfulness may indicate a deeper medical issue. Many patients suffering B12 deficiency often jump to the conclusion they have early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s, especially in their senior years.

3. Unexplained Fatigue
Ever had a good night’s sleep followed by a day of yawning and dragging your feet? If that constant fatigue continues for days and weeks, it may be the result of B12 deficiency.

Researchers from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found those who felt zapped of energy even though they get plenty of zzzzz’s may be struggling with low B12 levels. It’s due to a lack of red blood cell production… one of B12’s responsibilities… meaning oxygen transport to your organs is lacking, causing extreme fatigue.

4. Vision Issues
No, there isn’t something in your eye causing the spotting, blurred and double vision.

Low B12 stores can lead to vision changes and actually damage vision. Causing even retinal damage if blood vessels in the eye become blocked. That means you may experience light sensitivity, blurred or double vision, tracers or shadows, which all result from damage to the optic nerve.
Luckily, B12 supplementation can help improve your vision.

5. Pins and Needles
It’s common to experience pins and needles if you sit cross-legged for far too long. However, pins and needles (or the feeling of numbness) throughout the body when you haven’t compressed any part of your body, can indicate a B12 issue.

Numbness or the feeling of electric shock waves can be the result of nerve damage in B12 deficient patients. All leading back to poor red blood cell production from a lack of B12.

When you notice persistent health issues like these, you may want to consider a quality B12 supplement.

Unfortunately, most B12 supplements you find on the market suffer from one major flaw…They’re not absorbable.

When the vitamins can’t be absorbed, your body is unable to assimilate them and you never get the anticipated nutrition. That’s why it’s best to use a liposomal crème from West Coast to deliver the Vit B12 directly through the skin.

Fortified Junk Food is NO WAY to get your Vitamins

You see it almost everywhere these days — energy drinks that advertise the wonder of B vitamins. And they all claim to give you the energy boost to get you through your day.

Sadly, it’s a big marketing ploy. The quick energy in these drinks usually comes from their high sugar and synthetic caffeine content.

It’s true that B vitamins are essential to your body’s energy metabolism. And B12 in particular is crucial for energy. When you take in high-quality B12, you unlock the energy contained in the foods you eat and turn it into glucose you can burn. 

Fortified junk food is no way to get your vitamins.

But let’s take a look at how important vitamin B12 really is — especially as you age.

First of all, your body’s ability to absorb vitamin B diminishes as you get older. So you may need vitamin B supplements, even shots, if you are deficient. A straightforward blood test can determine your vitamin B levels.

As you age, your digestive track no longer produces a protein called gastric “intrinsic factor.” This protein binds to vitamin B12 so that your body can absorb it.

If you are deficient in vitamin B12, you may experience:

  • Memory loss, impaired thinking and general cognitive difficulties
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Trouble walking and balance problems
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands, legs or feet
  • Yellowish skin
  • Anemia
  • A swollen or inflamed tongue

B12 works with the seven other members of the B vitamin family to support your metabolism. It also helps regulate nerve transmissions and maintain the health of your nervous system and spinal cord.

It also helps synthesize DNA, regenerate bone marrow, and renew the lining of your gut and respiratory system. When you don’t get enough B12, your body can’t get energy out of your food. It also can’t form healthy red blood cells. And the result is low energy, weakness and fatigue.

B12 also protects your telomeres. Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of your chromosomes. Every time your cells divide, your telomeres get shorter — and that means you are dramatically increasing your risk of contracting the chronic diseases of aging.

In one study from the National Institutes of Health, doctors looked at telomere length in 586 people.1 Over 10 years, people taking vitamin B12 supplements had telomeres on average 5.9% longer than those who didn’t take B12.

In fact, their cells were acting more than 10 years younger. And that means lots more energy.

Here are some of the best food sources of vitamin B12:2

  • Braised beef liver
  • Clams
  • Wild-caught rainbow trout
  • Wild-caught salmon
  • Top sirloin
  • Plain yogurt
  • Wild-caught tuna
  • Swiss cheese
  • Free-range eggs

As you can see, B12 comes from animals. Vegetarians and vegans sometimes try to get B12 from plant sources, like seaweed, fermented soy, spirulina and brewer’s yeast. But they’re really getting analogs of B12, called cobamides. And they can actually block your intake of B12 and increase your need for the real thing.3

In addition, acid reflux and ulcer drugs, like Prilosec, Nexium and Pepcid interfere with B12. So do diabetes drugs like metformin.

And patients with celiac disease, colitis, IBS or Crohn’s disease, as well as gut issues like “leaky gut” or an inflamed gut, also have trouble absorbing B12.

Those are just some of the reasons why nearly 26% of people over the age of 60 have low or borderline B12 levels.

To improve Vit B12 levels, most people need to supplement. But avoid the pill or capsule forms of B12. Only a small fraction will get absorbed through your gut.

West Coast Bio-Topical Crèmes contain a Liposomal (Transdermal)Delivery System that is 200 times smaller than the human skin cell. Nutrients are absorbed into the body within minutes.

 

1. Qun Xu et al, “Multivitamin use and telomere length in women.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2009; 89(6): 1857–1863.
2. “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12.” Nat’l Inst. Of Health
3. Watanabe F et al, “Pseudovitamin B(12) is the predominant cobamide of an algal health food, spirulina tablets.” J Agric Food Chem. 1999;47(11):4736-41.
4. Lindsay H. Allen, “How common is vitamin B-12 deficiency?” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009;89(2):693S-6S.