Is There A Connection Between Candida And Vitamin B12?

by Jane Symms - Date: 2007-04-15 - Word Count: 490 Share This!

An overgrowth of Candida and vitamin b12 deficiency is connected. Often when a person is suffering from Candida it prevents their bodies from producing and absorbing essential nutrients that the body needs in order to remain fit and healthy.

Although you may find that it is a problem in relation to most of the vitamins our body's need, one of the more serious aspects is the depletion of the B group Vitamins.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is one of the most essential vitamins our body needs as it is required to help keeping the body's nerve cells working properly.

Often a person who is deficient in Vitamin B12 will have a much lower red blood cell count than normal, and this impacts on the immune system, allowing the body to become more susceptible to suffering different types of infections including Candida overgrowth.

On average an adult will have between 2 and 5mg of Vitamin B12 in their body, the majority of which is stored in the liver (around 80% of all Vitamin B12 in the body is found in a person's liver).

There seems to be some evidence that one of the reasons as to why a person will be deficient in Vitamin B12 is through their excessive long-term use of antibiotics or other prescribed or non-prescribed drugs.

Also, there has been found a link between the long-term use of antibiotics and an increased risk in getting a candida albicans overgrowth. This is due to the antibiotics killing both the good and the bad bacteria in the GI tract, and so the good bacterium, which is usually a line of defence against a candida overgrowth, can not suppress the growth.

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Unfortunately, someone who has used antibiotics for an extended period might be more difficult to diagnose with a vitamin b12 deficiency, as the antibiotics can mask the symptoms, which can range from uncomfortable to life threatening.

Here is a list of some of the symptoms that you may have if you are deficient in vitamin b12:

- A reduced ability to detect vibrations and an altered sense of touch

- A red, and possibly a shiny tongue, sometimes accompanied with a burning sensation or irritation in the mouth.

- Psychological problems, that can range from a headache to serious psychological issues

- A shortness of breath and chest pains, as well as potentially impaired co-ordination and muscle pain.

Unfortunately, the onset of candida can impair the ability to absorb vitamins, and so this can lead to reduced ability to absorb vitamin b12, which in turn reduces the body's ability to fight infection, which in turn then goes on to allow the yeast infection grow further. It all becomes a rather vicious circle.

So, it is important to recognise the link between candida and vitamin b12, and make sure that if any symptoms are shown of either candida albicans or vitamin b12 deficiency spotted, then seek medical advice immediately.

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