The problem of Vitamin B12 Malabsorption can be huge. If you have low vitamin b12 levels, you may or may not actually have a problem with malabsorption, but you definitely have a problem that needs Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treatment. We'll discuss the reasons why you might have malabsorption and what you can do about it.
Intrinsic factor is a substance that is present in the stomach that
allows vitamin B12 to be absorbed. It is the most OBVIOUS reason for
vitamin B12 deficiency, but not the most common. Many doctors, when
faced with a case of Low Vitamin B12, but can find nothing else wrong,
will 'assume' that the problem is a condition called Pernicious Anemia
that is defined by a lack of intrinsic factor to absorb vitamin B12.
This sets you up for a lifetime of getting Vitamin B12 Shots every month, and you are labeled with an incurable illness that you can do nothing about. There are two problems with this. The first is that you absolutely don't need Vitamin B12 Shots EVER!! And the second problem is that true Pernicious Anemia is very rare, and it's the LEAST likely problem that is causing you to have low b12 levels. What's MORE likely are…
The H Pylori Bacteria is present in about 50% of the population- and it can cause low vitamin b12 levels. Unfortunately, despite this fact being confirmed in study after study, it has not been accepted by the medical profession who believes that ONLY people with digestive problems and ulcers can have the H Pylori bacteria.
But studies of people who have low vitamin b12 levels showed that the Vitamin B12 malabsorption was actually caused by the damage that the H pylori did to the stomach, causing vitamin B12 not to be absorbed.
Those who were treated for H pylori had their vitamin b12 levels go back to normal without any other treatment! The H Pylori Bacteria was the cause of the low Vitamin B12 Levels, and treating the H pylori bacteria resolved the problem of Low Vitamin B12 levels.
Unless you have digestive problems like heartburn or ulcers, however, it's unlikely that your doctor will test you for H pylori. Fortunately, you can get an accurate In Home H Pylori Test and test yourself without the help of your doctor.
Leaky Gut Syndrome, more correctly known as Increased Intestinal Permeability, is probably the most common reason for Vitamin B12 Malabsorption. It's a condition that can exist for several reasons, including intestinal infections such as H Pylori and severe life threatening accidents, but one of the main causes is Gluten Sensitivity.
Gluten Sensitivity is another EXTREMELY common, but almost entirely overlooked, reason to have B12 Malabsorption. In fact, gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease is probably The most common reason to have decreased vitamin B12 levels, but again, doctors simply will NOT test for this or recommend a Gluten Intolerance Diet unless you have digestive problems. This is despite the evidence that a LARGE percentage of people with gluten sensitivity absolutely do NOT have digestive complaints.
Unfortunately, even if your doctor does test you for it, Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity is tricky and very often inaccurate. This leaves large numbers of people who have tested Negative for Celiac Disease believing that they can continue to eat gluten without problems.
But if you have Vitamin B12 malabsorption and have tested negative for Celiac Disease, there is still an excellent possibility that you have Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance and potentially remedy your problem on a gluten free diet.
The MTHFR Genetic Mutation sounds like some crazy thing that only mutants would have, but it's actually rather common, and as awareness grows, it's being increasingly implicated in health problems such as breast cancer, autism and chronic fatigue; it's also being increasingly identified by simple tests that can even be done at home and sent back to the lab.
The MTHFR Genetic Mutation is interesting because blood testing will actually show normal or high levels of Vitamin B12 in the blood because the mutation simply does not allow Vitamin B12 to be absorbed into the tissues, but it remains in the blood. The same occurs with the nutrient called folic acid. This mutation is a problem, not only because it does not absorb vitamin B12, but because it prevents the body from detoxifying substances.
The solution to this problem is to eliminate all synthetic forms of Vitamin B12 and folic acid, and use the 'methyl' forms of these vitamins that come in the forms of Methylcobalamin B12 and Methyltetrafolate. The body can absorb these forms, and it provides the needed 'Methyl donor' required for proper detoxification. Methylcobalamin B12 Supplements are the 'right' kind of B12 for MTHFR genetic mutations.
If you have been diagnosed with low vitamin b12 levels and potentially have Vitamin B12 Malabsorption then the MOST likely problems that you have are H Pylori infection, gluten sensitivity, the MTHFR Gene, or all three- even if your doctor denies that any of these could be a problem. You also might have low stomach acid levels from taking Acid Reflux Medication.
most commonly diagnosed Cause of Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Pernicious
Anemia, is actually the LEAST common of these problems- and you do NOT
need Vitamin B12 Shots for it. If you have Low B12, no matter what the reason, you can simply take Sublingual Methylcobalamin Vitamin B12 Supplements. If you have HIGH or normal levels of Vitamin B12 but have the classic symptoms of a Vitamin B12 Deficiency, then you may have the MTHFR genetic mutation, and might consider getting a simple test for it.
Keep reading to find out why sublingual b12 vitamin b12 supplements are preferred over Vitamin B12 shots -which are absolutely completely unnecessary -and what dosage of Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treatment is best to remedy your vitamin b12 deficiency the most effectively. Hint: it's NOT what your doctor told you…
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