Can Vitamin B12 Restore Your Lost Energy?

vt-article-1.jpgVitamin B12 deficiency could be sapping the energy you need to exercise and take care of yourself as you know you should. Find out why B12 deficiency is so common, and what you can do about it.

While it’s true that a few of us over-fifties are out running marathons or working out every day, most of us, let’s face it, can’t wait to get home from work and put our feet up. We try to eat the right food, we take our vitamins and minerals, but we still lack the energy to do the things we know we should — like exercise. Why is that? Unfortunately, the answer is not always simple, but there are a few basics worth checking out that might just hit the nail on the head: one of the most common is a vitamin B12 deficiency. Here’s why, and what you can do about it.

First, let’s have a look at what vitamin B12 does in the body.

  • It helps metabolize fat and protein to produce energy.
  • It helps produce hemoglobin, the red blood cell component that carries oxygen to the cells. This is the biggest contributing factor in the fatigue experienced by those deficient in B12.
  • It helps the production of DNA.
  • It helps form myelin, the fat that insulates the nerves.
  • It reduces homocysteine, the amino acid that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other degenerative diseases.

How Do We Develop a Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

As we age, the production of bodily fluids slows down. One of the most vital of those fluids is hydrochloric acid (HCL) — the ‘stomach acid’ that helps kill bacteria, begins the digestion of proteins, and triggers the digestive enzymes that release the nutrients in our food — including vitamin B12.

Too little HCL, or hypochlorhydria, is more common than you might think: it affects 40% of people over forty, and 50% of those over sixty. If you’re having digestive problems along with fatigue, there’s a good chance hypochlorhydria is the problem.

Fortunately, hypochlorhydria is often not hard to remedy. Taking digestive enzymes will help, as will taking HCL supplements or drinking vinegar with water at meals. Start slow, one HCL tablet or one teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water, until you notice the slight burning sensation that tells you you’ve gone too far. Then cut back until you’re comfortable.

While you’re handling your digestive problems, taking vitamin B12 supplements could help with the fatigue, get you off the couch and into the gym. Inside you is a fit, healthy, energetic person trying to get out. Vitamin B12 may be just what you need to open the door.

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