How to tell if you’re allergic to B12
Recent studies have found a trend toward B12 deficiency in the population as a whole which is concerning because this vitamin plays an important role in helping the body make red blood cells. Another popular supplement, vitamin B7 or biotin, is known to encourage the production of healthy hair, skin, and nails. Because of these benefits, many people have chosen to begin taking a vitamin B supplement, but what most folks aren’t aware of is that some people are allergic to B12.
There’s a difference between side effects and allergy. Side effects are generally not very severe and go away after a short period on the supplement. An allergic reaction, on the other hand, can cause persistent and unpleasant symptoms or even those severe enough to necessitate immediate medical attention. So how can you find out if you’re allergic to B12?
If you suspect that you may be someone who is subject to this uncommon allergy, make an appointment to speak with your doctor. There is a skin prick test that you doctor can order which contains a small amount of vitamin B12, and the results will indicate whether or not you have an allergy to this substance.
Interestingly, people who are allergic to B12 are also far more likely to be allergic to B7 or biotin as well.
Know the symptoms
It’s always good after you start any new medication or supplement to monitor changes in your health. Common side effects of taking vitamin B12 include headaches, itching, swelling, nervousness or involuntary movements. These symptoms should lessen and subside over time. However, should any become persistent or more severe, it’s recommended that you check in with your primary care physician.
Symptoms of being allergic to B12 and/or B7 include problems with digestion such as stomach pain, gas, and cramping. You also may experience fatigue, vomiting, or diarrhea. In the case of a severe allergic reaction, which results in hives, trouble breathing or swelling of the face and tongue, it’s recommended that you go straight to the emergency room as these can be life threatening.
Find a solution
If you discover that you’re allergic to B12 and also to biotin, it may seem as though you’re out of luck. The benefits of these two vitamins extend from supporting a healthy metabolism to protecting brain, thyroid, and adrenal function. Given the positives, the question is are there any alternatives to biotin that produce the same benefits?
The answer is silica. Silica is a naturally-occurring trace mineral or micronutrient which has all the benefits of biotin without the side effects. Vibrant Nutraceuticals, dedicated to making the best vitamins and supplements, is excited to offer Silica Plus, a pure, natural biotin alternative that supports growth of hair, skin, nails, and all other connective tissues in the human body.
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