Women's Health

DEFICIENCY NATION

Source: A series investigating our nutrientstarved lives

Few nutrients—heck, few bees—are as buzzy as B12 right now. Juice bars are adding it to smoothies. Celebs like Rita Ora and Chelsea Handler get it injected into their bums. It’s being touted as a magic bullet for everything from low energy to a sluggish metabolism, and it hit close to home at WH when three staffers were diagnosed with a B12 deficiency in a single week. We repeat: a single week!

Studies show that 15 percent of people are B12 deficient, and nearly 40 percent are borderline. That’s a major loss, because the nutrient is a powerhouse—charged with helping to make DNA (no less!), keeping nerve and blood cells healthy, and helping to deliver fresh oxygen to

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