Many women suffer from chronic tiredness, irritability, achiness or unusual stress find out that their symptoms are caused by a simple vitamin D or B12 deficiency. Once your doctor has determined that you have no issues with thyroid or other hormones, iron levels or hemoglobin, the next thing to consider is the possibility of a vitamin D or B deficiency.
Vitamins D and B12 are especially important in helping us maintain our energy and vitality. Even a slight deficiency can have noticeable effects on our overall felling of well-being, including energy, performance, mood and memory. Vitamin B12 has also been linked to healthy immunities and efficient metabolism.
B vitamins are found in meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, cereal grains, legumes, and many vegetables. Vitamin D, on the other hand, is acquired through just fifteen minutes exposure to sun per day.
For various reasons, many women find it difficult to obtain these vitamins through diet and sun. No worries though. A daily 1200mg supplement of vitamin D in lieu of exposure to sun or, for those deficient in vitamin B12, a B12 supplement be taken daily either by injection or sublingually.
My favorite brand of B Vitamin is from Premier Research Labs (manufactured locally here in Austin, TX). Max B-ND™ is a nutritional industry first - with never before available probiotic-cultured B vitamins. It contains a high-energy, end-chain, B vitamin complex derived from live sources for premier nutritional resonance. Each 1/2 teaspoon supplies high energy, end-chain vitamin B forms (the form ready to use by the cell) including vitamin B6 as pyridoxal, pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, vitamin B5 as pantetheine, folic acid and more.
This B vitamin-rich formula offers advanced support for the liver, energy, immune system, adrenals and mood balance. Research suggests that live sources of B vitamins are preferred over common synthetic (coal tar-derived) sources. You may purchase this brand at any of the People's Pharmacy locations around town.
Don't let vitamin deficiency get you down. Make an appointment with one of the Naturopaths at People's Pharmacy (Julia Strickler is wonderful) or talk to your doctor about these simple, care-free solutions for improving energy and vitality.
For the record I am not affiliated with Premier Research Labs or get any sort of discounts or free products from them - I'm simply a big fan of their high quality nutritional supplements.