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Vitamin B12 Improves Restless Legs and Depression

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Vitamin B12 Improves Restless Legs and Depression

by Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Are you suffering from Restless Legs (RLS)? Living with RLS is difficult enough, but what’s worse is that it can trigger depression, as no one knows exactly what to do for this condition.

Did you know that low levels of Vitamin B12 are associated not only with RLS but also with depression? Vitamin B12 is a very complex vitamin that serves multiple purposes in the human body.

There are two forms of Vitamin B12 used by the body: methylcobalamin and cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is critical to helping the body maintain a healthy nervous system, and supporting its ability to produce DNA: Two important functions that are useful for managing the symptoms of RLS.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) in RLS

One of the things that cobalamin does is support the production of myelin, a sheath that coats and protects the nerve cells. The myelin sheath can be thought of as the insulation used to keep electrical wires from short circuiting against one another. So in the case where a person lacks sufficient Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) to generate adequate myelin, the result could be the equivalent of static! If nerve function is compromised, the result could be, among other things, RLS.

Depression and B12 Deficiency

Although only preliminary reports showed the benefit of adequate Vitamin B12 levels in RLS patients, observational studies have been conducted showing that as many as 305 of patients hospitalized for depression are also deficient in Vitamin B12. In fact, Vitamin B12-deficient patients are twice as likely to be depressed as non-deficient individuals.

Calm Legs and Vitamin B12

Preliminary clinical evidence showing the benefit of Vitamin B12 in managing the symptoms of RLS, its role in maintaining a healthy nervous system and a benign safety profile supports its inclusion in the Calm Legs formulation for the management of the symptoms of RLS. Vitamin B12 helps to heal damaged nerve tissue and works to prevent nerve cells from future injury, an important part of managing RLS.

Calm Legs supplies Vitamin B12 to help stabilize nerve fibers and ease the nervous system sensitivity that is associated with RLS, providing meaningful relief from this condition. In combination with the other ingredients of Calm Legs, you should see relief in as little as three to four weeks. Remember, it takes time to build up the nutrients in the body that are lacking.