Nutrition Express

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Also indexed as:Pernicious Anemia
Your body relies on B12 for healthy blood. Too little of this vital vitamin can lead to anemia and other health issues. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Eat foods high in vitamin B12Even small amounts of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products supply sufficient amounts of vitamin B12 for healthy people.
Add B12 to your vegan dietIf you follow a strict vegan diet, take a daily B12 supplement of at least 2.4 mcg.
Take supplements if you have low stomach acid or malabsorptionPeople who have a vitamin B12 deficiency due to malabsorption or low stomach acid need to depend on high amounts of vitamin B12 from supplements and not the smaller amounts found in food.

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The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2017.