Having information is one thing. Applying it is another. So, what should you do? We know it is essential to take a Vitamin B12 supplement when eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. Otherwise, you will become deficient. From Dr. Greger’s previous video, we know that the symptoms of low Vitamin B12 are abdominal distension, chronic diarrhea, shortness of breath, swollen red painful feet, Parkinson’s-like symptoms, skin darkening and bilateral useless hand syndrome. Fatigue, confusion and pseudodementia are also possible. The Institute of Medicine has not set an upper limit for Vitamin B12. You must make a personal decision about how much to take because there is no scientific answer. Conflicting recommendations can occur between clinicians based on their knowledge and clinical experience.
My suggestion is to listen to your body, monitor for symptoms of B12 deficiency and consult with your medical practitioner about getting your B12 level checked. I have blogged before on Vitamin B12 on February 26, 2019 and October 23, 2020. Thanks for reading! #lifestylemedicine
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