Vitamin B12 and Austin Integrative Psychiatry For You.

If we think about it, vitamins are the “lunch pail” workers we invite into our bodies. If you have a Vitamin B12 deficiency, working with a specialized Austin integrative psychiatry practice will work wonders for your mental and physical health. Because vitamins and minerals are usually found in the foods we eat, and B12 is no exception, we want to get as much of these as possible.  So if we consider Vitamin B12, it works on several metabolic pathways,  two of which are

Vitamin B12 and Mental Health important for our mental health. In one of these pathways, B12 teams up with Folate. (aka Folic Acid or B9) Then these two produce serotonin and dopamine. Both of these are neurotransmitters associated with your mood and mental health.  If we don’t have enough of these neurotransmitters, our mental health may be negatively affected.

If we consider another pathway, Vitamin B12 affects a neuronal process called myelination.  Myelin is something that covers our brains neurons.  What happens to us is that myelination is the process of creating that cover for the neurons. And that’s an important job for our brains because when it’s well myelin keeps our neurons transmitting signals properly.

If B12 isn’t doing its job,  performing cognitive tasks (formal thinking) tasks can become more difficult. This will mean that your mental health could be affected. And nobody wants that to happen.

Pondworks Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners think about your B12 level.

So we think you will agree when we say this. We definitely want to invite these B12 workers into our bodies!!   The average American diet (US RDA 2.4ug/day, Western Diet 5-8ug/day) should make getting enough B12 a simple task. But there can be several reasons this may not be the case.

There are many, many reasons that we explore in our practice. At our office that is located in Austin, Texas we solve your mental health problems. We come up with complete ways to solve issues that come up in all of our bodies.

Our local psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners keep in mind the need to ask questions and consider these problems. If our providers have a concern that your B12 levels are low, the integrative psychiatric approach starts with checking several markers to diagnose B12 deficiency.  If the diagnosis is confirmed your psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner can then advise you of the best way to treat the problem. Integrative psychiatry means that your provider is keeping in mind medical issues which might be contributing to your problem.