Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) plays an essential role in red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function and the production of DNA, the molecules inside cells that carry genetic information. Food sources of vitamin B-12 include poultry, meat, fish and dairy products.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient found in foods like fish, eggs, meat, and dairy products. B12 is necessary for a healthy metabolism, red blood cell production, healthy brain and nerve development, and a robust immune system.
It is not uncommon for men and women in the United States to be deficient in B12 because the standard American diet is not rich in B vitamins. If you’ve had bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, you are likely at high risk for B12 deficiency.
Because bariatric surgeries impact the digestive tract, they often lead to nutritional deficiencies. Typically, dietary supplementation and continual monitoring of these deficits begin immediately after surgery. For many, however, vitamin deficiencies may last long after surgery.
According to The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, vitamin B12 is the most common nutritional deficiency found in those who have had gastric bypass surgery.
Other common deficiencies include:
Replacing B12, as well as other vitamins and minerals, may prevent health problems such as osteoporosis, anemia, and neuropathy.
Healthy levels of B12 are essential for the healthy metabolism of fat. When you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, your body is more likely to store fat causing you to gain weight or have difficulty losing weight.
Other symptoms of B12 deficiency include:
When your treatment plan includes B12 replacement, your body increases the work of your metabolism, giving you energy, and improving your body’s ability to burn fat.
For many men and women, vitamin B12 replacement boosts their weight-loss effort and improves their ability to make the lifestyle changes necessary for their best health.
Dr. Saradih may recommend you receive B12 injections, which may work most efficiently when combined with other ingredients, such as minerals and amino acids.
One fat-burning B12 combination is called Lipo-MIC B12, which combines B vitamins with methionine, choline, and L-carnitine.
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