Fight the Winter Blues with vitamin B12
What is seasonal affective disorder?
Many of us notice minor seasonal shifts, especially during the winter. Fatigue and stress, sleepiness, difficulty sleeping – the list go on. Feeling cold and fatigued, depressed or agitated, or lacking energy all go hand in hand with the dreaded midwinter blues.
What is B12?
B12 is a vitamin that promotes healthy nerve and blood cells in the body and helps make DNA. It also helps prevent certain types of anemia, such as megaloblastic anemia.
What are the symptoms of B12 deficiency?
Common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include:
- Strange sensations, numbness, or tingling in hands, legs, or feet
- Difficulty walking (staggering, balance problems)
- A swollen, inflamed tongue
- Difficulty thinking and reasoning
- Weakness and fatigue
What causes B12 deficiency?
Vitamin B12 can’t be made by the body, meaning it must be obtained through food or supplements. Most people don’t consume enough B12 to meet their needs, and others can’t absorb enough of it.
The only foods that deliver vitamin B12 are meat, eggs, poultry, dairy products, and other foods from animals. For this reason, if you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, you are at a higher risk of developing B12 deficiency.
What do I do if I have a B12 deficiency?
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, getting a B12 shot can be the boost you need!
B12 shot will give you more energy and promote alertness, improve your immune system, and put you in an overall better mood.
Call today to make an appointment and receive a B12 shot from PA Zarnegar DMSc, PA!