A quick note to share with you this important article on Vitamin B12 in The New York Times.
I lived for many decades not knowing I had borderline pernicious anemia. Finally, a smart physician directed me to supplement B12 with injections. So every week (or when I remember), I stab myself with the required ccs of the red stuff.
But you needn’t have such an obvious condition to question if your B12 stores are all they should be, especially if you eat a mostly vegetarian diet, you take an antacid, or your meals are haphazard.
Other signs of B12 deficiency include muscle weakness, fatigue, shakiness, unsteady gait, incontinence, low blood pressure, depression and other mood disorders, and cognitive problems like poor memory. Remember that the nervous system (including brain cells) relies on an adequate supply of key vitamins and minerals. Moreover, some medications will increase your need for these nutrients. Read the rest of this entry »