Hydroxy-cobalamin is a grain free supplement that can be used as an alternative to Methylcobalamin. Hydroxy-cobalamin lozenges contain Vitamin B12, B6, and folate.
Vitamin B-12 deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in those with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Because gluten can damage both the acid producing cells of the stomach, as well as the carrier shuttle for vitamin B-12, the deficit can be present even when the diet contains adequate quantities. Remember that vitamin B-12 is only found in meat (chicken, beef, fish, eggs, lamb, pork, etc). Those trying to follow a vegetarian diet are also at high risk for developing a vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Why is Vitamin B-12 So Important?
This critical nutrient plays a role in many important functions. Some of them include:
- Repair and replication of DNA and RNA (necessary for growth and healing)
- Production of the insulation that surrounds the nerves in the brain and spinal cord
- Protection from cardiovascular disease
- Protection from the development of dementia and neuropathy
- Maintenance of energy production
- Aids in sleep regulation by helping produce melatonin
How Do We Get Adequate B-12 Levels?
Meats and animal products are rich in vitamin B12. The nutrient is broken down from these animal foods in our stomach through the action of acid. Afterwards, it is picked up by intrinsic factor and shuttled into our small intestine to be absorbed into the blood stream. Those with gluten damage to the stomach and intestines have a very difficult time digesting and absorbing this vitamin. Often times it can take 6 months to a year on a gluten free diet to begin processing vitamin B12 properly. That is why supplementation can play a valuable role in health recovery.
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