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On vitamin B12 injections. What are the cause of its deficiency and properties?

I have been prescribed Vitamin B12 injections , every three months. I am not a private patient and the treatment is being offered on the NHS but I am trying to research the Vitamin B12 properties and the causes of its defieciency. I must be looking in the wrong place because all I have found so far are sites for selling vitamin supplements .
Asked On : Tue, 19 Jun 2012
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Properties of Vit B12 includes:

It is needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, thus leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy in the body.

It helps in healthy regulation of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage.

It helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Vitamin B12 also protects against heart disease by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against stroke, and high blood pressure.

It is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps in cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin.

Vitamin B 12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostrate cancer.

A deficiency in vitamin B12 can result in a host of illnesses like anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, poor memory, soreness of the mouth, asthma, vision problems, and a low sperm count. However, vitamin B12 deficiency is rare as the liver stores enough reserves to last a couple of years.Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause symptoms of mania and psychosis.

Wish you good Health.
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