Classified as more of a necessary hormone influence than a vitamin, B12 (methylcobalamin, or cobalamin) is super-critical for energy and happiness levels.
Many people unknowingly suffer from a B12 deficiency. However, because of the way B12 is stored in the body, blood tests rarely reveal a deficiency.
As many as 30% of adults over 50 are unable to absorb B-12 in food, so supplementation may be necessary.
Because B-12 is very difficult to absorb, normal pill supplementation won’t work. You could get expensive, prescription-only B12 shots, but there are more simple options.
Research conducted at the University of Oxford found that vitamin B-12 deficiency may lead to brain shrinkage. Preliminary reports also suggest a link between vitamin B12 deficiency and Alzheimer’s disease. A B12 deficiency also leads to megaloblastic anemia, a fatigue ridden condition where red blood cells don’t develop properly and can’t carry oxygen efficiently. A deficiency in this hormone regulator can also cause mood swings, feeling fatigued, a lack of motivation, depression, and even cancer because of the degradation of your DNA.
Vegetarians need to pay extra attention, because this essential micronutrient is found almost exclusively in meat, So, vegetarians should definitely supplement to ensure an adequate supply. The few plant foods that are sources of B12 are actually B-12 analogs — not the form that provides all the benefits of the real deal. An analog is a substance that blocks the uptake of true B-12. So your body’s need for B-12 actually increases.
Natural sources include:
- Shell Fish (Check for mercury and other heavy metals, especially if from the Pacific Ocean)
- Beef Liver (Use only grass-fed, organic, humanely raised beef)
- Fish (Check for mercury and other heavy metals, especially if from the Pacific Ocean. Buy sustainable sources.)
- Red Meat (Use only grass-fed, organic, humanely raised beef)
- Cheese (Use only ethically raised and organically processed cheese, or goat cheese)
- Eggs (Use only pasture raised chickens, and not fed GMO corn and soy)
Supplementation and Dosage:
An alternative to expensive B12 shots, is using sub-lingual (under the tongue) Vitamin B12 Drops, which make it simple and affordable. B12 Patches are yet another option. Just place the patch behind the ear once or twice a week and you’re done. Use it weekly to eliminating the sluggishness, fatigue and many other health problems that have been plaguing you.
If you’re one of the growing number of people diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroid disorder, and you still aren’t noticing a difference, look into Thiamine (vitamin B1). Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP who wrote one of the most extensive books on the topic, suggests that the key is to take around 600mg of it for 3 days and see if you begin to feel better.
Vitamin B-12 Benefits:
- Supports adrenal function and energy production
- Nutritionally supports cardiovascular function.
- Promotes and protects nervous system health.
- Essential for cell growth and replication and DNA production.
- Helps you sleep.
Sources: Dr. Edward Group’s GlobalHelaingCenter.com, Mercola.com, and RawFoodWorld.com
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