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New Vitamin B12 Guidance For UK Doctors


General Practitioners in the UK are advised to offer patients a blood test for vitamin B12 deficiency if they see one symptom and one risk factor, in new guidance currently under consultation.
[Source: nutraingredients.com]


A particularly important micronutrient, vitamin B12 is needed for the formation of red blood cells and DNA. It is also a key player in the development and function of brain and nerve cells. Pernicious anemia, an autoimmune disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to properly absorb B12, affects people of all ages, especially those over 60, and can be fatal if not treated.

Research shows that a significant proportion of adults aged over 50 are deficient in vitamin B12. A study published by researchers in Ireland in 2018 found that one in eight adults have low levels, with a further one in seven being low in folate, another B vitamin. Numerous studies have shown that deficiencies of these two micronutrients are linked to poor long-term health, especially among older people.

To read Dr. Rath’s scientific recommendations for optimum daily intakes of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and other important micronutrients, see the special Cellular Health feature page on our website.