Recent studies suggest that up to 40% of Americans do not have adequate levels of B12 for optimal health, whether they have a gluten sensitivity or not.
B12 must be obtained from food or supplements, but some people don’t consume enough to meet their needs, while others can’t absorb enough, no matter how much they take in. Those who have intestinal damage or celiac disease often have B12 deficiency symptoms, since they cannot absorb it through the intestines in sufficient quantity. The stomach makes a certain substance necessary to carry B12 into the bloodstream so that it can be absorbed but when the intestines are damaged due to gluten intolerance, this substance is sometimes not available.
Why is a lack of B12 in the body of such concern? Take a look at the symptoms.
Symptoms of B12 Deficiency according to Dr. Oz
- Overall lack of energy
- Unusual mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Inflamed, red, cracked tongue
What Form of B12 is Best?
The methylcobalamin form is the most effective and natural form of B12, as it does not require conversion by the body. According to Mike Adams of Natural News, most shots that doctors use contain cyanocobalamin instead of methylcobalamin. You should also look for a gluten-free B12 if you are sensitive to gluten, and look for the vitamin in an organic form. For years, people have been getting B12 shots, but now the needle-free, spray form of B12 is also available in the methylcobalamin form. This is great for people with intestinal damage because it is highly absorbable.
In the long term, an unchecked vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to permanent nerve damage. If you think you may have a deficiency, get your levels checked and catch it early.