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If you take Vitamin B-12, prepare to pay more

Columnist David Lazarus answers your consumer questions in this one-minute video.

Dan takes Vitamin B-12. He says prices have soared in recent months, up more than 3,000%.

"What's up with that?" Dan asks.

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B-12 is important for nerve function. Too little can result in numbness, tingling, pain, memory troubles or depression.

Deficiency of the vitamin can turn up among vegetarians and vegans; plants don't produce B-12. It's also been seen among people who take certain heartburn medications or who have had weight-loss surgery.

So why are prices skyrocketing? Check out today's Ask Laz video.

If you have a consumer question, email me at asklaz@latimes.com or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz.

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