We are not told that B12, or the lack of is a cause of anemia. A deadly anemia, pernicious anemia. B12 is a water soluble vitamin, absorbed through the small intestine, yet in order to be absorbed it must attach to a protein that is produced in the stomach with an enzyme produced in the stomach. So you must have the protein and the enzyme for the B12 to attach to. (This is the intrinsic factor) If the immune system is askew in any way then the intrinsic factor is compromised. Askew with intestinal inflammation, gluten intolerance, not absorbing fat correctly, or ANY auto-immune disease.
Symptoms of pernicious Anemia: diarrhea or constipation(EITHER),fatigue,loss of appetite, pale skin, concentration problems,shortness of breath,swollen tongue, bleeding gums.
Symptoms of B12 deficiency: anemia, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, numbness, tingling of hands and feet. Neurological issues; balance problems, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory. Sores in mouth.Brain shrinkage In infants; failure to thrive, movement disorders, developmental delays, anemia.
So why might one not be absorbing B12? (Vitamin B12 Causes)We already know about the intrinsic factor, what though could cause this to fail? Atrophic Gastritis (stomach inflammation caused by…….?) Celiac Disease, Crohns Disease (caused by……?) pernicious Anemia (full circle) Surgical removal of stomach or small intestines (bariatric surgery, cancer, whatever) . Intestinal bacteria or tape worm. Vegan diet. Alcoholism.
When I step back and look at the symptoms of B12, pernicious anemia, Celiac, Gluten intolerance, I think of the question, “Which came first the chicken or the egg?” Which in the end does not really matter. What does matter is knowing that the common thread, the cause is not absorbing, B12, beCAUSE wheat gluten has caused the body to go off kilter. It IS such an easy fix. Step away from the bread!