5 Reasons Why Vitamin B12 Is NOT Absorbed By The Body

5 Reasons Why Vitamin B12 Is NOT Absorbed By The Body

So today , we’re gonna talk about why Vitamin B12 is not being absorbed in your body .

Unless you’re a vegan , you’re getting enough from the diet .

But the problem is usually the absorption , not from the diet .

Here are a few symptoms that a person can experience if they’re Vitamin B12 deficient .

Symptoms of B12 deficiency

Depression , paranoia , delusional , dementia , memory loss , pins and needles or numbness in your hands and your feet or any part of the body , anemia , swollen tongue , red tongue , fatigue , weakness , and tremors .

Symptoms of B12 deficiency

And And there’s a lot of other ones as well .

So Vitamin B12 is one of the only b vitamins that can be stored in the body .

So it can be stored for several years .

So let’s talk about the barrier of absorption .

Vitamin B12 is attached to a mineral .

Cobalt And it’s protein bound .

So to break this up , you need a very strong protein enzyme called pepsin , which happens to be triggered by acid in your stomach .


In order to activate pepsin , you need a pH between 1 to 3 .

That’s extremely acid .

So if you’re taking any acids for example , that could be a definite reason why you’re deficient in Vitamin B12.

Here’s some other reasons .

You could have a condition called atrophic gastritis .

And that’s a situation where the stomach is inflamed and the stomach lining is breaking down , maybe from years of consuming bad foods or junk foods or whatever .

Because as soon as you destroy the lining of the stomach , you can’t make this acid anymore .

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass

That’s another way that it can disrupt the stomach lining affecting the not just the acid but the release of enzymes as well .

Celiac .

Now that’s a problem in the small intestine .

What happens is that b twelve is normally broken down in the stomach and then absorbed in the small intestine .

But if the lining of the small intestine is damaged , whether you have celiac or Crohn’s or IBS , that could be the reason why it’s not going in .

Okay ?

And this is another common reason right here .

You just don’t have enough stomach acid .

So many people have this problem .

What’s the top symptom that they experience ?

Acid reflux .

Why ?

Acid reflux .

Because the valve at the top of the stomach doesn’t close unless this pH is very very acidic .

So there’s a sensor in this valve .

And then the acid starts splashing back up .

And you get GERD or acid reflux and you think , oh wow I need an antiacid .

Well , that just takes the stomach acid out and the problem gets worse and worse and worse .

So it’s a real easy solution .

Absorb Solution

What you do is you take this version of B12 , methylcobalamin , okay , in thousands of micrograms .

So I would suggest maybe 2,000 or maybe 3,000 micrograms of Vitamin B12 , this version right here .

And you will see a great improvement in these symptoms right here .

And then don’t forget to acidify the stomach with either betaine hydrochloride or apple cider vinegar , or a combination of both .

hydrochloride or apple cider vinega

And you can get them in pills as well .

Now there’s one last thing , let’s say for example you have these symptoms or some of them and you take the Vitamin B12 and you still don’t see change .

There’s one more thing , it’s called the intrinsic factor that’s made by your stomach .

This is a factor that helps the absorption of Vitamin B12 .

Okay ?

And if you have damage in your stomach , it’s very very difficult to absorb Vitamin B12 because you just don’t have the intrinsic factor .

There is a product that I know about .

I don’t sell it .

Okay ?

You can do a search on it .

It’s called ZYPAN .


It has the intrinsic factor in this product .

It’s a natural product .

It’s from standard process .

I used to use it when I was in practice .

But if you do a search on ZYPAN , okay , and you start taking this , it also has Betaine hydrochloride to help acidify the stomach .

That can help the absorption of Vitamin B12 as well .

Key Points:

Symptoms of B12 Deficiency

  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Dementia
  • Pins / Needles or Numbness in the Body
  • Anemia
  • Swollen or Red Tongue
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Tremors

Several Barriers to Absorption

  • Atrophic Gastritis
  • Celiac
  • Low Stomach Acids
  • Antacids
  • Gastric Bypass

Recommendation: Methylcobalamin (B12) in 1000s mcg
For the stomach acid: Betaine hydrochloride or apple cider vinegar
For lack of intrinsic factor in the stomach: Zypan



Dr. Berg

I am a health educator specializing in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods such as the keto diet plan and intermittent fasting

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