How to Treat Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

by: Dr. Lauri Campbell, N.D.

Vitamin B-12 plays a large role in maintaining your health, even if you take it as a supplement, your body may not be absorbing it if you are Intrinsic Factor deficient. Intrinsic factor (IF) also known as gastric intrinsic factor (GIF) is a glycoprotein produced by the parietal cells of the stomach. It is necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12 later on in the small intestine. Without the proper amounts of intrinsic factor, B-12 present in food and orally administered is not well absorbed or utilized by the body.

Intrinsic Factor Levels Decline with Age

Intrinsic factor production declines with age. The stomach becomes less efficient in both producing IF and hydrochloric acid which impairs absorption of many nutrients in foods consumed. People with vitamin B-12 deficiency can suffer from pernicious anemia because they are not able to absorb vitamin B-12 efficiently due to a lack of intrinsic factor.

How Gastric Resection can cause Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

If you have had a gastric resection procedure to help lose weight, you do not produce enough intrinsic factor and have a reduction of the absorption of B-12.  Many of the symptoms individuals experience after such an operation are due to B-12 Deficiency.

The good news is that these symptoms can be remedied by taking both intrinsic factor and vitamin B-12. Make sure you should consult your doctor starting this supplementation regimen.

Symptoms of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

B-12 deficiency manifests itself in feelings of sluggishness, fatigue and shortness of energy. If you are experiencing these symptoms, your stomach may not be absorbing vitamin B-12 very well. You can take supplements to replenish your intrinsic factor levels and take extra B-12 as well. As B-12 and GIF levels are restored, many of your symptoms may vanish. You can feel great again, and experience the level of energy you once had.

You will feel the results when you correct a deficiency of intrinsic factor and vitamin B-12. You feel more energized, focused and upbeat.  You may also experience better mental energy and stamina and be more mentally focused and alert. You can even improve your memory and concentration and experience a more positive mood and sense of well-being.


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The Natural Corner on Health
Dr. Lauri Campbell, N.D., Wynnewood 972-333-4394


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