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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Highly Under-Diagnosed as Study Finds 68% Vegeratrians Deficient in Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency is far more common that the public might realise as it is difficult to diagnose and healthcare professionals do not routinely test for it. But why is a deficiency in vitmain B12 a problem?

Vitamin B12 plays a critical role in DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation and neurological function. As a result, vitamin B12 is a critical compound that is essential for every cell in the body. The most common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiciency include:

  • Weakness and fatigue.
  • Tingling in the hands and feet.
  • Anaemia.
  • Difficulty in processing thoughts and decline in cognitive function.
  • Problems with maintaining balance and walking.
  • Increased risk of chronic diseases such as autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases and neurological disease.

Data from a study conducted by the Tufts University Framinham Offspring Study suggests that almost 40% of people aged 26-83 have vitamin B12 levels lower than normal serum levels.. Additionally, a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that half of vegetarians suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. Since vitamin B12 cannot be obtained from unfortified plan sources, strict vegetarians and vegans are at a much greater risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Rich sources of vitamin B12 include eggs, fish, red meat and dairy. However, consuming these food items does not completely negate the risk of deficiency. In the same study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that 5% of omnivores also suffered from vitamin B12 deficiency.

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The increasing incidence of deficiency has made vitamin B complex supplements an important essential. The negative effects of of vitamin B12 deficiency cannot be reversed once the damage has been done. Vitamin B is important in the formation of the myelin sheath that covers neurons to aid signalling and it cannot be repaired if damaged. Additionally, over-diagnosis and over-supplementation of vitamin B12 is innocuous since it is safe to supplement with, making missed diagnoses an unnecessary danger.

Vitamin Planet  has created a range of vitamin b complex supplements. Their new pharmaceutical grade vitamin B supplement, B-MAX is available to buy online in the UK. B-MAX Vitamin B12 is Vitamin Planet’s most effective vitamin B formulation, containing innovative new OptizymeTM technology which improves absorption to maximise its efficacy. Marketing Manager Chris Hays has said, “As more people become aware of vitamin B12 deficiency and ensure they are tested, B-MAX has quickly become one of our most popular products for its purity and effectiveness. We have noticed a rise in sales of omega 3 supplements alongside B-MAX due to the neuroprotective effects of omega 3 supplements and vitamin B.”

Additionally, Vitamin Planet has released the most effective double-action Vitamin B combination which has been proven to restore a youthful appearance and a youthful energy to improve overall health and wellness. The powerful new combination includes the superior quality vitamin B12 skin cream, Vitacreme for topical use and high strength vitamin B12 capsule B-Max for internal use. Together they function as a powerful anti-aging formulation to reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles as well as release energy for an energetic, youthful disposition.