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Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

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Hello!

Today I received results from a blood test I did. My GP said I have a B12 deficiency and will need to take a series of injections.

I was hoping that perhaps the vitamin deficiency could be one of the causes of my acne, but after an internet search I worryingly found that the injections can cause acne!!

I'm not very knowledgeable about this stuff, and I wondered if anyone knew a) if this deficiency could be a contributing factor towards my acne, and b) the likelihood that the injections will make it worse. Has anyone experienced these before?

Thankyou!

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I too had B12 deficiency, and taking shots did help me for a while, but afterwards the acne came back, though not as bad before. Lack of B12 raises Homocysteine levels, which (according to my doctor) can overload the liver (or something like that) and cause inflammation. It's also important to take other homocysteine lowering vitamins, such as folic acid (as L-methylfolate) and B6.

It's also important to warn you against B12 injections: most (if not all) are Cyanocobalamin, an artificial form of B12 which can, through unknown ways, cause acne. (and it did cause a terrible breakout the second time I took it - the first time the injection probably raised the B12 level to a not-problematic level, but the second time it did cause problems) It's preferred to take Methylcobalamin, which (allegedly) does not cause breakouts and is much more readily absorbed (and expensive). Also, I've read injections are not better absorbed than sublingual tablets. So I'd recommend you get 500mcg Methylcobalamin sublingual tablets, B6 and L-methylfolate (this is more or less what my doctor prescribed me).

And the B12 blood test is said to be unreliable. It is preferred to have your homocysteine tested instead, as it raises when low on B12.

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I was diagnosed with anemia, and the doctor recommended taking a B-complex supplement with iron and folic acid. Unfortunately, I tried various brands and they all broke me out. I think this was due to the high % of B12 (and sometimes B6 too) compared to the other Bs.


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B-Complex supplements break me out too. I believe it's better to find which B vitamin you're deficient in and supplement only that. And take methylcobalamin, not the cheap cyanocobalamin most supplements have.

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its probably not true about injections causing acne.

studies also have shown sublinguals are just as effective as injections for restoring b12 deficit.

try cyanocobalamin.

clams are also very high in b12, liver used to be prescribed way back in the day.


#1.critical nutritional issues- b12(three forms exist), Calcium(yogurt, cheese or calcium phosphate supps) and vitamin d(sun or supps not to exceed 1000 iu). heme iron-most absorbable from meat only, clams are high. these are the most difficult vitamins to get and absorb. All others or about the same in difficulty in absorption. MAgnesium in our food supply is generally low as well, try natural calm supps.

#2 Fats- monounsaturated should dominate(olives), followed by polyunsaturated plant sources(nuts) but not if you have acne. the health benefits of fish oil and fish are controversial and i dont consume them due to mercury contamination and immune supression avoid processed fats if possible.

#3 Protein/amino acids- dairy and eggs best sources for tryptophan and methionine which convert to powerful antioxidants melatonin and glutathione.

#4 Carotenoids- alpha- beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein zeaxanthin, astaxanthin. these are vital to human nutrition, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin, chili pepper and cayenne pepper are the best sources.

#5 Regularity-BM at least once a day, Moist, large stools, 1 piece ideal, no maldigestion, no floating stools indicative of maldigested fat. HOW- insoluble fiber- wheat and cooked vegetables. soluble fiber-oats/ good bacteria ferment soluble fiber making short chain fatty acids that inhibit pathogens.

#6 Circadian cycles-Light, get up with the sun, and expose your entire body to it. darkness-melatonin is released upon the sensing of absolute darkness. sleep in a pitch black room, try to ensure 10 hours total darkness, wear sunglasses before bed. do not eat too late at night.

#7 Desirable physiological states(positive moods/emotions) do precisely what you like and what feels good to you, but not regardless of consequences, just from a perspective that, you own your life, and can determine precisely what you do with it and need not answer or ask of permission from anyone,achieving maximum autonomy and self government.


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its probably not true about injections causing acne.

studies also have shown sublinguals are just as effective as injections for restoring b12 deficit.

try cyanocobalamin.

clams are also very high in b12, liver used to be prescribed way back in the day.

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I also have low b 12 levels and was getting injections for a 6 month period and didn't break out from the injections. It was after I was off of the injections and I started taking 10,000 IU pills that my acne flared up horribly. I think it's all about the brands and the fillers. Ask your doctor for the best one and mention your concerns about acne.

With B 12 levels being low my side effects were horrible headaches and memory issues as well a weight gain. Once I started supplementing all that stopped. Like it or not if your low enough your doctor wants to start injections then I'd do it. Acne is the least of your worries when it comes to the health issues you can have. Take cared your body and then worry about acne afterwards.

Also are you able to absorbs b 12 or are you just low?


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its probably not true about injections causing acne.

studies also have shown sublinguals are just as effective as injections for restoring b12 deficit.

try cyanocobalamin.

clams are also very high in b12, liver used to be prescribed way back in the day.

That about the studies showing equal effectiveness for sublingual and injecitons is true, but that about cyanocobalamin isn't, cyanocobalamin is, after all, B12, but an inactive and artificial form of it. The cyanide molecule in cyanocobalamin, albeit present in low quantities, is toxic and needs to be flushed out, and that is done by the same molecules that are needed in other more essential processes, such as reducing the homocysteine level (which is probably already high due to the B12 deficiency). 1,2

Therefore, it is not the injection per se that may cause acne-like eruptions, but instead the cyanocobalamin in it. Even if cyanocobalamin does not break you out, methylcobalamin should be preferred, as it is more effective and better absorbed.

Also, if one has a B12 deficiency, eating alone won't help much. Supplements are the only way one can take the high amount of B12 needed to solve the deficiency (also because only a low percentage of it is not excreted).


#1.critical nutritional issues- b12(three forms exist), Calcium(yogurt, cheese or calcium phosphate supps) and vitamin d(sun or supps not to exceed 1000 iu). heme iron-most absorbable from meat only, clams are high. these are the most difficult vitamins to get and absorb. All others or about the same in difficulty in absorption. MAgnesium in our food supply is generally low as well, try natural calm supps.

#2 Fats- monounsaturated should dominate(olives), followed by polyunsaturated plant sources(nuts) but not if you have acne. the health benefits of fish oil and fish are controversial and i dont consume them due to mercury contamination and immune supression avoid processed fats if possible.

#3 Protein/amino acids- dairy and eggs best sources for tryptophan and methionine which convert to powerful antioxidants melatonin and glutathione.

#4 Carotenoids- alpha- beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein zeaxanthin, astaxanthin. these are vital to human nutrition, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin, chili pepper and cayenne pepper are the best sources.

#5 Regularity-BM at least once a day, Moist, large stools, 1 piece ideal, no maldigestion, no floating stools indicative of maldigested fat. HOW- insoluble fiber- wheat and cooked vegetables. soluble fiber-oats/ good bacteria ferment soluble fiber making short chain fatty acids that inhibit pathogens.

#6 Circadian cycles-Light, get up with the sun, and expose your entire body to it. darkness-melatonin is released upon the sensing of absolute darkness. sleep in a pitch black room, try to ensure 10 hours total darkness, wear sunglasses before bed. do not eat too late at night.

#7 Desirable physiological states(positive moods/emotions) do precisely what you like and what feels good to you, but not regardless of consequences, just from a perspective that, you own your life, and can determine precisely what you do with it and need not answer or ask of permission from anyone,achieving maximum autonomy and self government.


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