Written by Leslie Burgess ND, Naturopathic Doctor, Calm Spirit Acupuncture and Massage
Vitamin B-12, otherwise known as cobalamin, is a water soluble vitamin. B-12, when ingested, is absorbed in the small intestine and transported to the blood stream from there. Possible causes of poor absorption are related to acid content of the stomach and intestines and/or medication interference with acid content. Concerns related to the gallbladder or removal of the gallbladder because Vitamin B-12 re-absorption for circulation is via the bile from the gallbladder.
Being a vegetarian limits sources of B-12 from your diet. Overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine can cause B-12 deficiency as the bacteria use the B-12 for themselves decreasing what is available to your cells. Excess stress put on the body by either exercise or chronic medical conditions causes the body to use more resources for cell turnover and can decrease the amount of B12 available for all your needs.
Reasons you might get B-12 include; feeling tired, having shortness of breath, insomnia, tingling and numbness in limbs, poor concentration and memory loss, having symptoms of IBS or being diagnosed with an IBD, as well as noticing a slow recovery after exercise.