Nutritional deficiency is common for those with gluten sensitivity… And vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficits for those with gluten sensitivity. If you are gluten sensitive, it is important to ask your doctor to monitor your B12 levels on a regular basis, as gluten can damage the small intestine and create permanent damage to the cells that aid in vitamin B12 absorption. Vitamin B12 deficiency is related to a host of health problems, many of which have overlapping symptoms with gluten exposure.
Common Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency Include
- Shortness of Breath
- Muscle Pain
- Brain Fog
- Memory Loss
- Neuropathy (numbness and tingling) or nerve damage
- Low Red Blood Cells (RBC’s) Low WBC’s, and Low Platelets
Foods High in Vitamin B12
- **Plant based foods do not contain B12, but research suggests that some B12 can be produced by the bacteria in the GI tract.
Diseases Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Medicines Known To Deplete Vitamin B12
- Metformin (for diabetes)
- Anti-convulsants (seizure medications)