logo
 
July 3, 2018
 

What is the purpose of a vitamin B-12 level test?

A vitamin B-12 level test checks the amount of vitamin B-12 in the blood or urine to gauge the body's overall vitamin B-12 stores.  Vitamin B-12 is necessary for several bodily processes, including nerve function and the production of DNA and red blood cells.

A person whose vitamin B-12 levels are outside of the normal range will require treatment. Low levels of the vitamin can cause neurological symptoms, as well as fatigue, constipation, and weight loss. High B-12 levels may indicate liver disease, diabetes, or another condition.

Treatment for low vitamin B-12 levels

Individuals with low vitamin B-12 levels often require regular injections of the vitamin. These shots are more effective than supplements at raising vitamin B-12 levels, especially when people have medical conditions that may make it more difficult to absorb supplements.

For some people, high doses of vitamin B-12 supplements may improve B-12 status. Supplements are available in capsule or liquid form from pharmacies, supermarkets, health stores, and online. It may also be helpful to eat more foods that are rich in vitamin B-12.

Methionine Overview:

Methionine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks that our bodies use to make proteins. Methionine is found in meat, fish, and dairy products, and it plays an important role in many cell functions.

Methionine is used to prevent liver damage in acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning. It is also used for increasing the acidity of urine, treating liver disorders, and improving wound healing. Other uses include treating depression, alcoholism, allergies, asthma, copper poisoning, radiation side effects, schizophrenia, drug withdrawal, and Parkinson's disease.

LATEST NEWS
Location:
APS Pharmacy
34911 US Highway 19 N., Suite 600
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 547-2654
You're receiving this email because you subscribed to our newsletter!

All information on this newsletter is provided "as-is" for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. You should consult with a medical professional if you have any questions about your health. The use of any information on this site is solely at your own risk. Copyright © 2018 Digital Pharmacist, inc. Copyright © 2018 APS Pharmacy. All Rights Reserved.