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Dr. Oz on Vitamin B12

Previous Body Beautiful Day Spa Phoenix | Scottsdale blog posts have talked about how important vitamin B12 is to brain function and how our B12 shots can help. On Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Dr. Oz investigated how a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause you to age.  Dr. Oz states that vitamin B12 is essential for your normal metabolic function and overall health. Dr. Oz conveyed that Vitamin B12 also plays a wide variety of roles in our metabolism and has important effects on your health such as:

  • Vitamin B12 is essential for the manufacture of red blood cells.  A Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause anemia.
  • Vitamin B12 is needed for nerve cells to function, and to manufacture myelin, the insulating material that surrounds some of our nerve cells and speeds neural transmission.
  • Vitamin B12 is needed by every single cell in your body for DNA replication.

Dr. Oz emphasized that if you have a vitamin B12 is deficiency, your DNA cannot replicate normally. This means that you can’t generate new, healthy cells.  This is how a vitamin B12 deficiency can mimic all of the effects of aging.  Common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include fatigue, numbness and tingling, dizziness, swelling and irritation of the mouth and tongue, weakness, and irritability. The most serious effect of a vitamin B12 deficiency is impaired brain function.  Remember, vitamin B12 is required for nerve cell function. Advanced B12 deficiency can cause dementia severe enough to resemble Alzheimer’s disease!

Dr. Oz said that the most important cause of deficiency has to do with the unique way vitamin B12 is absorbed. He said that vitamin B12 must be escorted by a protein called intrinsic factor, produced by cells of the stomach, to get into the bloodstream. There are many disorders of the stomach, such as gastritis that particularly common after age 50, as well as medications that can interfere with the production of intrinsic factor. The medications that can interfere with intrinsic factor production include aspirin, antacids, proton-pump inhibitors, and metformin (Glucophage).

The great thing about vitamin B12 is that, unlike many other vitamins, it is so safe that the FDA has no upper limit! This means that there is no risk of overdosing when you get a vitamin B12 shot.  Affordable vitamin B12 shots are available at Body Beautiful Day Spa Phoenix | Scottsdale Arizona, where you can get a B12 shot, or get a B12 shot with lipotropics, or fat burners, also called “slim shots”.  The B12 shots with fat burners at Body Beautiful Day Spa in Phoenix | Scottsdale contain amino acids methionine, inositol, and choline that boost your metabolism without amphetamines.

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