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What is Vitamin B-12 and why do we need it?

Chances are, you’ve probably heard of Vitamin B-12 but never really thought much about it thereafter. Fret not: you’re not the only one. A Vitamin B-12 deficiency is a common deficiency faced by thousands of Americans. Vitamin B-12 deficiencies are most commonly found in those who follow vegetarian and vegan diets, elderly adults, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

What does Vitamin B-12 do?

Vitamin B-12 is one of the body’s soluble vitamins, and helps significantly in forming red blood cells, as well as the promotion of nerve function and cellular metabolism.

What are the symptoms of a Vitamin B-12 deficiency?

The symptoms of a Vitamin B-12 deficiency are, but not limited to, the following:

• Weakness & fatigue
• Anemia
• Difficulty with balance
• Cognitive impairment
• Tingling sensations in the extremities

What foods contain a high Vitamin B-12 content?

Some food sources that contain a high content of Vitamin B-12 include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Clams
• Beef liver
• Nutritional yeast
• Eggs
• Fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, haddock
• Dairy products such as milk, yogurt & cheese
• Chicken

Before beginning any new diet regimen, it is important you consult with your physician or specialist. If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients please contact us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.

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