Do you find yourself feeling shaky, weak, and a bit under the weather lately? Have you felt this way for more than a few days? Let’s face it. In Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, we live busy lives and are on the go 24/7. But, when you consistently feel like you are on the verge of catching something or trying to fight off a cold, you may be Vitamin B Deficient in Los Angeles. Interestingly, it is much more common than we realize. Also, left untreated it will become a pressing health issue. The family of B Vitamins consists of a total of eight (8). We know vitamins are significant to are all around health, but the B Vitamin family plays a vital function in the following processes:

  • The metabolic role of converting food into energy.
  • Blood cell production
  • Neurological function
  • Cellular signaling
  • DNA production and repair
  • Metabolizing amino acids

In addition to these functions, they also aid in stress reduction, relieving anxiety, prohibiting memory loss, and lowering heart disease risk. B Vitamins are water soluble. What does this mean? Well, they do not stay in the tissues of our body, and they get flushed out daily. For this reason, we need B Vitamins IV Therapy Los Angeles to avoid deficiency. Before we look at the four (4) categories of deficiency, remember that the common thread is they are water soluble. To keep it simple, they travel through our bodies; they are not permanent guests!

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Thiamine is a supplement that you can get as a prescription and over the counter at almost any local grocery store. Thiamine is commonly known as Vitamin B1. People take this for beriberi (usually because of alcoholism), inflammation of the nerves (neuritis) associated with pellagra or pregnancy. Pellagra causes dementia, diarrhea, and dermatitis. It is one of the most severe deficiencies if left untreated. Many people take it for digestive problems to treat ulcerative colitis, poor appetite, and chronic diarrhea.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Vitamin B6 is water-soluble and serves several functions in our bodies. While most people can absorb adequate amounts of B6 through their diets, some people are at risk for deficiency. Foods like turkey, chickpeas, tuna, salmon, potatoes, and bananas are rich in Vitamin B6. These should be a regular part of your diet.

Vitamin B9 (Folate)

A lot of people refer to Vitamin B9 as Folate or Folic acid. Folate is one of the critical components for the formation of red blood cells. When we do not have enough Vitamin B9, our bodies are at risk of becoming anemic. Folic acid is essential during pregnancy for the healthy development of the baby and the health of the mother. While some of you may be aware that Folic Acid is water-soluble, you may not realize that overcooking your vegetables in boiling water depletes many of the essential nutrients. Steaming your vegetables is much better than boiling and will help to ensure your body absorbs enough Vitamin B9.

The following foods, vegetables, and fruits are rich in Folic Acid:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Oranges
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Shellfish

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

Cobalamin is another name for Vitamin B12. In addition to producing red blood cells and DNA, it is a primary factor in the proper functioning of your nervous system. Do you eat enough meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products? Older adults are the most common age group at risk for B12 deficiency in Beverly Hills.

Other groups who are not able to absorb these nutrients are:

• Surgical patients that have had part of their bowel(s) removed
• Diabetic patients taking the drug Metformin
• Followers of a strict Vegan diet
• People who are long term antacid takers for heartburn

Take the next step

In closing, it is not uncommon to feel tired and sluggish from time to time. Often, a miserable night’s sleep will make us feel that way the next day. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms regularly and fall into any (many) of these groups who have absorption issues, then it is time to see a doctor. Dr. David Nazarian is a specialist in treating vitamin deficiencies, and through a series of blood tests, nutritional evaluation, and a thorough physical exam, there is a high probability you will be feeling like your old self again. Remember, ignoring these symptoms will only make the problem worse in the long run. Call IV Vitamin Therapy Los Angeles and Beverly Hills today at 877-760-3564 or email us at and let’s work together to improve your health, mind, and body.

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