WARNING: Taking The Pill? Deficiencies are VERY likely!
Taking the pill?
Research contiues to show that women who use oral contraceptives (the pill) can have impaired metabolism of vitamins and minerals including folate, zinc, B12, B2 and B6 leading to serious deficiencies.
Symptoms of these deficiency include anemia, infertility, neuropathy (nerve damage), chronic fatigue, autoimmune conditions, memory loss, hormonal disruption, confusion, dizziness, anxiety, depression and dementia. WOW, that's intesnse!
B vitamins and folate are vitamins essential for energy production, blood formation, DNA synthesis, and myelin (nerve endings) formation. They assist with regulation of mood, happiness and ability to cope with stress.
Zinc is an antioxidant essential to help with energy production, healthy skin, hormone regulation, immune function and stress response.
It’s not all Doom n Gloom
A simple blood test can assess folate, B vitamin and zinc status. The gold standard in assessing B12 is a review of the active from of B12 the urinary methylmalonic acid (MMA) levels and serum homocysteine.
Once the results are in, I review these and provide comprehensive direction for how to ensure your zinc, folate, B12, B2 and B6 levels becomes optimal and stay that way!
A good start is to make sure you’re eating loads of B vitamin and zinc rich foods and taking a quality multivitamin daily. I like Biomedica Biotress as it doesnt contain any fillers, binders, gluten and is vegetarian freindly.
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