• VITAMIN B12 an Epidemic In India – In India, most of us are vegetarians and even if we are animal food eaters, we do not eat it often enough. A very important nutrient needed to make blood and governs all neurological functions of the body, is derived from only animal sources. Hence important pointers to keep in mind are:
  • A vegetarian diet is very nutritious, but there are a few vitamins and nutrients that cannot be found in fruits and vegetables. This is why a strict vegetarian diet is often linked to a couple of nutritional deficiencies. The main vitamin B12 deficiency cause among Indians is a vegetarian diet that lacks eggs and milk products.
  • Even if your diet contains plenty of vitamin B12 foods, you could still suffer from this vitamin deficiency. Many health conditions, medications, and lifestyle choices can make it difficult for your body to absorb vitamin B12 and so you might land up with a vitaminB12 deficiency.
  • 1.So let’s talk about what can affect the levels of Vitamin B12.
  • (a).Healthy gut bacteria are needed to synthesize vitamin B12 so an overgrowth of bad bacteria increases the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. The food you eat determines your gut microbiome, while junk food has been closely associated to bad gut bacteria, foods like yogurt can help to promote good gut bacteria. Hence junk food very occasionally!
  • (b).Medications like antacids, antibiotics and metformin significantly reduces the Vitamin B12 absorption and synthes Alcoholics are likely to experience a severe depletion of bodily stores of vitamin B12 .
  • (c).Furthermore, chronic alcoholism damages the lining of the stomach and intestines, which impairs the absorption of vitamin B12 and drastically increases the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Hence it is advised to consume plenty of prebiotic foods like bananas, cabbage, garlic, onion and all different fruits and veggies and probiotics like fermented foods like dhokla, idli, dosa, yogurt, home make pickle, buttermilk, khimchi salad & sauerkraut.