Vitamin B-12 deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in those with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
Because gluten can damage both the acid producing cells of the stomach as well as the carrier shuttle for vitamin B-12, the deficit can be present even when the diet contains adequate quantities. Remember that vitamin B-12 is only found in meat (chicken, beef, fish, eggs, lamb, pork, etc). Those trying to follow a vegetarian diet are also at high risk for developing a vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Why is Vitamin B-12 So Important?
This critical nutrient plays a role in many important functions. Some of them include:
- Repair and replication of DNA and RNA (necessary for growth and healing)
- Production of the insulation that surrounds the nerves in the brain and spinal cord
- Protection from cardiovascular disease
- Protection from the development of dementia and neuropathy
- Maintenance of energy production
- Aids in sleep regulation by helping produce melatonin
Thanks to Gluten Free Society.