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Lack Of B12 Responsible For Low Energy?


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#1 speedy2056

 
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:27 AM

Well, as I've always said in my posts, my blood test came back negative so I diagnosed myself as gluten or wheat intolerant.

Anyway, I've noticed that every time I drank a glass of milk in the past few days my energy levels had risen soon after. I studied on Google about the importance of B12 and how it can give people energy. In fact, B12 is given to the elderly to give their energy levels a boost! I learnt that food such as steaks contain lots of B12. I had some steak and milk, and today I had the energy to clean my whole house as well as do many other things. Is it a coincidence?

One symptom of low B12 is being manic. There were times when I displayed manic behaviour and I was talking fast to people, and I was writing articles (I'm an editor for some news websites) at ungodly hours of the morning. In a way I wish that kind of feeling would come back as it gave me great motivation, and it inspired me to write fresh material. People looked at me like I was crazy during those periods, but they were fun!

Anyway, after the manic periods would pass I began to think I was, perhaps, bipolar, but with the pieces of the puzzle I have been putting together in the past few days, it's making sense.

I know that "Celiacs" have been known to have low B vitamin levels, but I also read that even if you were just wheat intolerant that B12 deficiency does frequently occur.

Looking back, I didn't include a lot of B12 foods in my diet at all. I ate eggs, but they do not contain enough B12 to treat deficiencies. I ate some small tins of fish, and that is about it.

Anyway, if you are feeling low or you do not have much motivation to do much in your life then try eating B12 foods. You may just be surprised!
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:36 AM

Well, as I've always said in my posts, my blood test came back negative so I diagnosed myself as gluten or wheat intolerant.

Anyway, I've noticed that every time I drank a glass of milk in the past few days my energy levels had risen soon after. I studied on Google about the importance of B12 and how it can give people energy. In fact, B12 is given to the elderly to give their energy levels a boost! I learnt that food such as steaks contain lots of B12. I had some steak and milk, and today I had the energy to clean my whole house as well as do many other things. Is it a coincidence?

One symptom of low B12 is being manic. There were times when I displayed manic behaviour and I was talking fast to people, and I was writing articles (I'm an editor for some news websites) at ungodly hours of the morning. In a way I wish that kind of feeling would come back as it gave me great motivation, and it inspired me to write fresh material. People looked at me like I was crazy during those periods, but they were fun!

Anyway, after the manic periods would pass I began to think I was, perhaps, bipolar, but with the pieces of the puzzle I have been putting together in the past few days, it's making sense.

I know that "Celiacs" have been known to have low B vitamin levels, but I also read that even if you were just wheat intolerant that B12 deficiency does frequently occur.

Looking back, I didn't include a lot of B12 foods in my diet at all. I ate eggs, but they do not contain enough B12 to treat deficiencies. I ate some small tins of fish, and that is about it.

Anyway, if you are feeling low or you do not have much motivation to do much in your life then try eating B12 foods. You may just be surprised!



Have you actually had your B12 levels checked? You may need supplements. Most of us do. The sublingual kind seem to work best. A deficiency in B12 can definitely cause low energy and if you still have intestinal damage and aren't absorbing vitamins from food well enough, you may need to add supplements. Good luck!
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#3 speedy2056

 
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:51 AM

Have you actually had your B12 levels checked? You may need supplements. Most of us do. The sublingual kind seem to work best. A deficiency in B12 can definitely cause low energy and if you still have intestinal damage and aren't absorbing vitamins from food well enough, you may need to add supplements. Good luck!


Yeah, I knew about sometimes it being a necessity to have levels checked but I haven't so far. I may book an appointment with my doctor to confirm they are low. But I do think it's too much of a coincidence that I feel much better once I have had foods with B12. I have had sublingual B12 before. It may be time for me to purchase another bottle. Thanks!
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:15 AM

I get B12 shots and take suppliments, it took awhile to figure out but after 7 years being gluten free this year has been a hard one for me. I've been sick, as if I'm eating gluten, yet am not having issues with any other intolerences, it was almost like I was just always sick. Finally, my GI realized that my b12's were "freakishly low" which is why I was lethargic and having such terrible stomach issues (which also triggered anxiety issues). I'm going on half a year with the shots and my levels are still not in the normal range. The dr. is pretty convinced that I've had this deficiancy for quite a few years and it just wasn't looked for. I'd definitely get your levels checked and pick up some supplements!
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:08 AM

Despite the fact that my blood levels of B12 are high, I seem to have some symptoms of B12 deficiency--such as neuropathy. I have read that your body may not use the vitamin efficiently and so blood levels may not always be a good indicator of your status. Is there any test that would show this?

From Wikipedia (not always 100% accurate) "serum levels do not necessarily correlate with efficient utilization of B12"
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 02:21 PM

Now that you've put it that way I should probably get it checked again and look into it. I've gone through MONTHS of spacey/cloudy thoughts, weakness, and fatigue that get interrupted by some "normal". I'll feel so much better that I'll wonder how I even put up with all that for so long. But the sublingual tabs don't really help much and lead me to think something else is wrong rather than B12.
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#7 speedy2056

 
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 05:26 PM

I read on Google today that B12 is most easily absorbed by drinking milk. I think that's coincidental considering that in my original post I talked about feeling better after drinking milk!!

http://www.kaheel7.c...astric-diseases

http://www.daniwscon...ood-health.html

Yeah, I'll probably ask for an appointment to see my doctor next week about my vitamin levels. I think I may need some shots.

On a sidenote, I think I accidentally got glutened AGAIN. I drank yazoo milk shake, and even though it's officially gluten free, they are made in factories where cross contamination can happen. I feel sniffly and anxious again. Grrr.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:06 AM

I think I may need some shots.


Interesting links. Something to think about before you go for B-12 shots:

When I had an untypical bad reaction to thyroid medication some years ago, my doctor ran a battery of tests. After finding my B-12 levels were "dangerously" low (I think the reading was 90), I started going in for weekly, then monthly B-12 shots. But the shots barely moved the test results beyond 120, this was after he declared that I'd been shot up with "enough B-12 to last 5 years."

He then had me go in for a Schilling's Test at one of the local hospitals. What the test does is put radioactive markers on B-12 with and without Intrinsic Factor attached to it. I absorbed more without IF, to everyone's complete surprise. The radiology lab even had me come in to re-run the test for free just to make sure of the results.

Tired of forking out a $20 co-pay every month for a shot that was doing little good, I found that the cheap B-12 supplement under the Kroger stores in-house brand is derived from liver. I bought a bottle. Cost me all of 3 bucks. My B-12 levels shot up quickly to around 500 within the same period of time that shots only moved my numbers from 90 to 120.

My doctor said, "it's not supposed to work that way, but I can't argue with the numbers."

So before you resign yourself to paying for an office visit every time you get a shot of B-12, you might try a liver-based B-12 supplement first. The links you gave describing how B-12 is absorbed and processed, certainly point towards some credence for going this way.

You also need calcium to make the whole process work (probably why drinking milk works for you). I take a liquid form of triple calcium with fish oil from Applied Nutrition. It's expensive, about $10-15 for a 3-week supply at my local Walgreen's, but they don't sit in my stomach like a bunch of rocks like other calcium supplements can. The soft-gels also contain a fair amount of magnesium and 1000IU of Vitamin D per serving. I can't say enough good things about this product.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:29 AM

Low B12 can cause mania??? OMG. :blink:
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:28 AM

Has any one tried these B12 Energy Shots (drink type shots) by "1st step for energy"? I haven't been able to find anything saying that they are or are not gluten free but I wanted to see if it would be an option for getting thing jump started for my wife in the mornings.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:41 AM

Some docs will show you how to give the shots to yourself. It is extremely easy and cheap.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:34 PM

Has any one tried these B12 Energy Shots (drink type shots) by "1st step for energy"? I haven't been able to find anything saying that they are or are not gluten free but I wanted to see if it would be an option for getting thing jump started for my wife in the mornings.

They are talking about B12 injections, not "shots" in the sense of drinking it. In a B12 supplement you ideally want methylcobalamin, not the cyanocobalamin in the 1st Step B12. Methylcobalamin is a natural form of B12 your body can make better use of. Their Energy for Life product has only 9 mcg of B12, nowhere near enough to reverse a deficiency.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:20 AM

Despite the fact that my blood levels of B12 are high, I seem to have some symptoms of B12 deficiency--such as neuropathy. I have read that your body may not use the vitamin efficiently and so blood levels may not always be a good indicator of your status. Is there any test that would show this?

From Wikipedia (not always 100% accurate) "serum levels do not necessarily correlate with efficient utilization of B12"

the test measures B12 and B12 analog. If you want a better measure of sufficiency, get a MMA or homocysteine level done, if either is elevated, you need B12.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:39 AM

I didn't know B12 deficiency causes mania, but I'd bet that it could. (I've got some mentally ill relatives one with bi-polar and one with mania, and recently the daughter finds she does better avoiding gluten and dairy, so she prolly has low b12, and her dad might also be celiac.)

About the intrinsic factor and absorption WestyPDX, that kinda makes sense seeing as you're a celiac. B12 with IF is better absorption because your body actively picks up the B12. This means the intestines react to it and make something to pick it up and then transport it across your intestines. B12 just straight up just gets passively absorbed, ie: it can pass through the intestinal solely based on diffusion/chance.
2 things: 1. celiacs intestines are damaged so whatever mechanism required for the active absorption of IF B12 is probably still damaged in you WestyPDX, and 2. Celiacs have larger gaps between for more passive absorption in your intestines, and so it makes sense for to passively absorb more B12 without the IF than a non-celiac.
B12 bound to IF will, like everything else, be able to be passively absorbed too, but it will also be a larger molecule and so is less likely to get passively absorbed.
I'm not doctor or anatomy expert, but it logically makes sense from the tibits of information I've learned for myself. I'd love for you to run it by your doctor and see what they say!
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:34 PM

I also use sublinguals. The swallow only pills sometimes make me SOOO sick. <_<

I don't seem to have any adverse reaction to the sublinguals, I keep them in my purse so I know I can get to them if I am feeling drained.
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