I provide a B12 Clinic in Goa at the wonderful cafe Garden Of Dreams in Arambol every week (email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next clinic will be) between 9.30am – 11 am.
Due to the high level of vegans and vegetarians in the area I am often asked by clients to provide B12 shots and started the B12 Clinic in 2018.
Signs and symptoms that you might be suffering from B12 deficiency can include:
- chronic fatigue, lethargy and weakness
- Muscle aches, joint pain and trouble exercising
- Poor memory, inability to concentrate and other cognitive problems associated with aging
- Mood changes, like increased depression and anxiety, or signs of nervousness like rapid heartbeats/palpitations
- Poor dental health, including bleeding gums and mouth sores
- Shortness of breath and feeling dizzy
- Excess Weight
- Poor appetite or digestive problems like constipation, nausea, diarrhea or cramping
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that’s crucial for many vital metabolic and hormonal functions — including the production of digestive enzymes and carrying important nutrients into and out of cells. Due to how it helps convert and synthesize many other compounds within the body, it’s needed for well over 100 daily functions. Some of the roles that are attributed to vitamin B12 include:
- Forming red blood cells
- Playing a role in DNA/RNA synthesis
- Acting as a cofactor for methionine synthase (helping with methylation or the conversion of homocysteine to methionine, which protects cardiovascular health and more)
- Facilitating metabolic conversion of protein and fats
- Carrying out neurotransmitter functions and helping with production of hormones
- Helping convert amino acids and make creatine
- Producing myelin sheath (the coating of nerves)
- Helping with synthesis of hemoglobin
- Playing a role in fetal development during pregnancy
Grass-fed beef, dairy products and fish supply a good dose of vitamin B12.
Because B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, any excess that isn’t used should be flushed from the body and not pose too much risk (not the case with fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A). The Institute of Medicine reports that “no adverse effects have been associated with excess vitamin B12 intake from food and supplements in healthy individuals.”