Is Milk adequate to treat B12 deficiency?

Milk and B12

Nowadays a lot of people suffering from Vitamin B12 deficiency and its various vague symptoms, despite having a proper diet with milk products. Many people assume getting an adequate amount of B12 with milk or milk products; but is it true?

Let’s find it out!

Milk & B12 – Is there a Strong Relation?

No doubt, Milk is a good source of Vitamin B12 and especially for individuals who follow a strict vegetarian diet. However, drinking a lot of milk alone won’t solve the issue.

Our body cannot directly absorb B12 from milk or any other animal products. The B12 in the milk has to mix up with a protein produced from the stomach called intrinsic factor. Our intestine could absorb only this combined form. However, if you are suffering from a specific health condition such as inflammation of the stomach lining in which the stomach is not producing adequate amounts of Intrinsic factors and in such a case, the body can’t absorb B12 from milk, even if you drink ample amount of it.

Also, If you are taking drugs like PPI (proton pump inhibitors) (e.g., pantoprazole, omeprazole, etc) for a long time, it can inhibit the absorption of B12. People with celiac disease often have an increased risk of B12 deficiency.

In addition to the causes mentioned above, if you suffer from a particular type of inflammation called Crohn’s disease that can inhibit the absorption of B12, even if your stomach produces adequate amounts of intrinsic factors.

In short, drinking a lot of fortified milk won’t fix the problem. You need to check whether any other health causes is resulting in your deficiency. If you don’t get optimal results from a balanced diet, consult your physician or gastro-specialist, and he can pinpoint the exact cause by running a series of test.

Supplementing with Methylcobalamin an active form of B12 is often advised.

You may find this very interesting. The patterns of symptoms may reveal the cause of your problem(s). There is a reasonably high possibility that it is caused or influenced by genetics.

Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin, essential for the body’s maintenance of healthy red blood cells and nerve cells and the formation of DNA. Vitamin B12 is primarily found naturally in animal products such as meat, fish, poultry, shellfish, eggs and dairy products.

Bottom Line

Eat more organically raised animal products such as meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products. Eat a B12-fortified breakfast cereal. Some plant-based foods are fortified with B vitamins for added nutrition.

Discuss a vitamin B12 supplement with your physician. Some people require vitamin B12 pills or injections to obtain the amount of B12 their bodies need.