Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin also known as cobalamin. It’s essential for making red blood cells and maintaining healthy brain function.

You May Need More Vitamin B12 as You Age!

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Unfortunately, studies estimate that 10–30% of people over age 50 have a reduced ability to absorb vitamin B12 from their diet. Over time, this could cause a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 in the diet is bound to proteins in the food you eat. Before your body can use it, stomach acid must help it separate from these food proteins.

Older people are more likely to have conditions that reduce stomach acid production, leading to less vitamin B12 absorption from foods. Atrophic gastritis is one condition that can cause this.

Additionally, older people who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet are less likely to eat rich sources of vitamin B12, since it’s more abundant in animal foods such as eggs, fish, meat, and dairy.

For this reason, older people can benefit from taking a vitamin B12 supplement or consuming foods fortified with vitamin B12.

These fortified foods contain crystalline vitamin B12, which is not bound to food proteins. So people who produce less than the normal amount of stomach acid can still absorb it.

Brief Summary:

Aging increases the risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency. Older adults can especially benefit from taking a vitamin B12 supplement or consuming foods fortified with vitamin B12.

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Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin also known as cobalamin. It’s essential for making red blood cells and maintaining healthy brain function. Photo by Jonathan Perez on Unsplash Unfortunately, studies estimate that 10–30% of people over age 50 have a reduced ability to absorb vitamin B12 from their diet. Over time, this could cause...
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