The Universal Ignorance Regarding the Vital Link Between Vitamin B12 and Optimal Health
Does Vitamin B12 Lower the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke?
There is an almost universal ignorance regarding the vital role that B12 plays in achieving a daily state of optimal health. Vegetarians, especially vegans, are almost wholly ignorant of getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin B12 in our diets.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
difficulty in concentrating,
decline in cognition,
observed learning and behavior problems in your children,
tingling and numbness in your hands and feet,
problems with conceiving a child
Whether you may realize it or not…all of these symptoms could be indicators of insufficient levels of vitamin B12. it is important to listen to what your own body and brain are telling you about your dietary habits and the dietary habits of your children. Don’t just ignore or write off these indicators as a “normal part of my life.” Your body and brain is likely telling you to start paying attention; you are lacking in specific nutrition you are not getting in the present.
Carrots, Papaya, Meat, Eggs and Cheese, Squash, Broccoli, Mangoes, Sweet Potato, Apricots, Peaches, Melon, Avocado and Green, Red and Orange Bell Peppers—all good healthy sources of Vitamins. Buy organic. Especially make absolutely sure the meat, fish, eggs and cheese are certified organic (look for the 5 digit number on the label) and from non-stressed, range free, humane certified, antibiotics and GMO free animals.
Indications of vitamin B12 deficiency may include any or all of these: stunted growth and development in children, appetite loss, anemia, abdominal pain, birth defects, bleeding gums, tender and sore tongue, weakened immunity, bruising, depression, eczema, tingling and numbness in extremities, hair loss, rapid heartbeat, and muscle cramps.
Why is Vitamin B12 “Crucial” to Optimal Health?
Vitamin B12 is considered “crucial” to a whole host of functions in our bodies. Primary functions include:
red blood cell production, and
the beneficial development and maintenance of a healthy nervous system.
But here is the startling fact. The majority of human individuals living on Earth have no idea just how “crucial” getting enough vitamin B12 is to optimal health. We simply live out our lives in a state of constant B12 deficiency.
If you are getting sufficient levels of B12, you may observe that your energy levels are “up.” You just seem to have more energy. Vitamin B12 is vital in in the making of energy. But what you may not realize is that B12 is “crucial” to the normal functioning of the entire nervous system and brain. And this vital need for B12 extends from birth to end of life…
Vitamin B12 is required for normal neurotransmitter production and functioning. the maintaining of the myelin sheath—the protective covering that surrounds our nerves and facilitates the normal and healthy communication between the neurons in our brains.
If you truly comprehend what I have shared with you, so far, it should not surprise you, then, that many of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency manifest as neurological symptoms and disorders.
Sufficient amounts of vitamin B12 are so vital, so “crucial,” that severe deficiencies in B12 may lead to birth defects in infants and mimic Alzheimer’s in older and senior adults.
If ignorance regarding the vital and crucial role that vitamin B12 plays in our daily diets is not enough…the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency manifests slowly over time. So it is easy to ignore the growing manifestations of ill health brought on by a lack of sufficient amounts of B12 in our daily diets.
Let’s review what these typical manifestations are known to be:
tingling and numbness in the hands and feet,
difficulty in walking,
poor memory or even memory loss.
An extreme deficiency in B12 can lead to dementia (yes, dementia!) and is known to resemble Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin B12 is Referred to as…THE HIDDEN DEFICIENCY…
How common would you guess vitamin B12 deficiency is amongst the general populations? In the U.S., the testing levels are set so ridiculously low, they are meaningless (<200 pg/mL). There are many experts in the field of nutrition who will readily tell you that the true number of individuals suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency is grossly underestimated. In other words…vitamin B12 deficiency is as common as a yard overgrown with weeds and choking out all of the grass.
The Framingham Offspring Study
In the Framingham Offspring Study research was conducted on a large population of 2,999 subjects between the ages of 26 and 83. The results of this study indicated that perhaps a whopping 40% of the general population in the U.S., alone, have borderline deficiency levels of vitamin B12; these are the levels at which individuals typically may begin to experience neurological symptoms. 17% of this study group were marginally above the deficiency level. 9% were deficient. Another revelation of the study was that younger individuals and children were just as likely to be borderline, near borderline or outright deficient in B12, as were adults in the target study group. This flies in the face of those who claim that B12 deficiency are limited to older adults and seniors.
It was also determined that those who regularly take vitamin B12 supplements were less likely to be found B12 deficient.
What is a “Functional” B12 Deficiency?
If a general population deficiency in B vitamins is not worrisome enough, even more worrisome is what is called a “functional” B12 deficiency. While a total deficiency in B12 is easy to determine and correct…a “functional” B12 deficiency does not readily show up; blood appears to be within the normal ranges. However, the individual is still B12 deficient. And so the B12 deficiency is not determined and not corrected. This leaves the door…wide open…for the development of neurological disorders…neurological deterioration…and neurological disease…
The CDC states that “functional” deficiencies may be far more common than outright B12 deficiency. “Functional” B12 deficiencies are also likely the precursors in the earliest stages of neurological disorders. Studies suggest that a daily dose of 500-1,000 mcg can correct, even eliminate a “functional” vitamin B12 deficiency. Some individuals, however, may need more than this intake level of B12.
*Note: In Japan, B12 deficiency minimum levels are set far higher than in the United States (between 500-550 pg/mL vs. <200 pg/mL). Consequently, Japanese citizens experience far lower rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Japan also has a proactive policy of recognizing, treating and correcting B12 deficiencies.
Trying to live healthily and survive well in today’s complex world of polluted earth, water and sky…is a far greater challenge than in the remote past…
Are You at Risk? Are You Getting Enough Vitamin B12?
The list of those who are at risk of a “functional” or outright vitamin B12 deficiency is a long one…and varied…
At the top of that list…believe it or not…is vegetarians—especially vegan vegetarians. Others who are at risk are carriers of certain genetic mutations, an example being the MTHFR variation. Individuals with persistent and pernicious anemia (*This is an autoimmune disorder where the individual cannot absorb vitamin B12.) Those at risk also include any individual with an unhealthy digestive tract; examples of this are excessive unhealthy bacterial growth, celiac and Crohn’s. Older adults, heavy alcohol drinkers, those who frequently ingest antacids, acid blockers, aspirin, the diabetic drug called metformin, and those who have undergone surgery for the stapling of their stomachs for weight loss are also on the high risk list.
Pregnant and lactating women require higher levels of vitamin B12. And those women who were determined to have low, marginal or outright deficiency levels of B12 significantly increased their risk for what is called…neural tube birth defects; these are birth defects that can occur at the time of the development of the brain and spinal cord, in the fetus. The babies of mothers who are vitamin B12 deficient may also lead to being vitamin B12 deficient. When an infant is born B12 deficient, he or she is far more likely to experience an adverse impact on growth and cognitive development in the brain for years on into their later stages development.
Pay Especial Attention to What I am Going to Reveal to You…Next…
Vitamin B12 deficiency is just as common in meat eaters as it is in vegetarians and vegan vegetarians! Why is this true?
This is because B12 can only be absorbed in the small intestine. And wouldn’t you know…meat eaters are among the highest risk group for intestinal ailments and digestive tract disorders. Thus, even those who consume high amounts of red meat are unable to absorb the B12 it contains!
What I am telling you was confirmed in the Framingham and other formal studies: those who consume even high levels of red meat were determined to have no higher levels than vegetarians and vegan vegetarians.
Proper Absorption of B12 is a Complex Process!
The ability to properly absorb sufficient levels of B12 into our bodies is, in fact, a complex process.
You can study the diagram, above, to get an idea of just how complex the process is. There are many factors which may interfere with vitamin B12 absorption in the small intestine.
So What is the Simple Answer?
In the following video, Dr. Greger of NutritionFacts.org, provides a short and concise summary to this article:
Dr. Greger: The cheapest way to get our B12 is probably one 2500 microgram sublingual chewable or liquid supplement of cyanocobalamin once a week.
The stuff is dirt cheap. You can find a 20-year supply online for $40. All the B12 our body needs for $2 a year! Of course, the stuff doesn’t last 20 years. It has a 4-year expiration date, so share it with some friends.
For those mathematically-minded who are thinking, wait a second. If you only need 47 micrograms a day, why do you have to take 2500 a week?
Well, it’s a little complicated, but let’s do it. Our B12 receptors become saturated at as little as 1.5.
So we can absorb 1.5 at a time through our receptor system. But about 1% of the rest passively diffuses right through our gut into our bloodstream.
So for those of you into this kind of thing, let’s do the math. When we take a 2500 microgram dose, we absorb 1.5 through our receptor system, and then 1% of the 2498.5 that’s left.
So inside our body we now have 1.5 plus that 1%. That comes out to be about 26.5.
You do that once a week, and that averages to about 4 micrograms a day. So we should take at least 2500 micrograms once a week.
We could take 3000 a week, 5000… If you take too much, all you get is expensive pee.
And at a couple of bucks a year, it’s not even that expensive.
Even though it is a water-soluble vitamin, we don’t have to take it every day, because throughout our evolution our bodies were so used to getting such tiny amounts (maybe some wooly mammoth pooped upstream or something) that our body devised an ingenious way to hold onto it… So that is why we can do this kind of averaging over time…
What is the Vitamin Supplement I take on a daily basis? Alive Whole Food Energizer, Liquid Multi Vitamin and Mineral by Nature’s Way, whose herbal and nutrition products I have been taking since 1982.
Why have I been taking the Alive Liquid Multivitamin by Nature’s Way for a long, long time?
Alive Max Potency Multivitamins
Alive Max Potency formulas are the ultimate nutritional energy source containing the greatest diversity of daily essentials, whole food concentrates, phytonutrients and antioxidants to nourish, protect and invigorate your body. The original Whole Food Energizer, these multivitamins are made with daily essentials, botanical energizers and system defenders including
- 25 vitamins and minerals
- 10 amino acids
- 14 green foods
- 12 organically grown mushrooms
- 40 antioxidants
Suggested Use As a dietary supplement – Shake well. take 2 tablespoons or 1 capful (about 30 ml or 1 ounce) daily. Best when taken with food or immediately after a meal. Can be consumed alone or mixed into beverages such as water, orange juice or smoothies. – Or as directed by your healthcare professional.
Serving Size: 1 oz Liquid
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value***
Vitamin A (50% 5,000 IU as retinol palmitate and 50% 5,000 IU as beta carotene)
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate)
Vitamin D (as ergocalciferol)
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate)
Vitamin K (as phytonadione)
Thiamin (as thiamine mononitrate)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Niacin (as nicotinic acid/niacinamide)
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Biotin (as d-biotin)
Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate)
Calcium (as ascorbate/pantothenate)
Iodine (as potassium iodide)
Magnesium (as magnesium gluconate)
Zinc (as zinc gluconate)
Selenium (as L-selenomethionine)
Copper (from sodium copper chlorophyllin)
Manganese (as manganese sulfate)
Chromium (as polynicotinate)
Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate)
Potassium (as potassium gluconate)
Green Food/Spirulina Blend Spirulina (microalgae) Alfalfa (leaf, stem), Barley Grass (grass), Dandelion (leaf), Wheat Grass (grass), Melissa (leaf), Lemon Grass (grass), Nettle (leaf), Blessed Thistle (stem, leaf, flower), Chlorella (broken-cell microalgae), Plantain (leaf), Blue Green Algae (microalgae), Cilantro (leaf)
Amino Acids (from Spirulina, Chlorella, Blue Green Algae,) Glutamine, Asparagine, Leucine, Alanine, Arginine, Lysine, Threonine, Valine, Glycine, Isoleucine, Serine, Proline, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Histidine, Methionine, Tryptophan, Cysteine
Garden Veggies Juice Powder Blend Parsley, Kale, Spinach, Wheat Grass, Brussels Sprout, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Beet, Carrot, Cabbage, Garlic
Orchard Fruits Juice Powder Blend Plum, Cranberry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Bilberry, Cherry, Apricot, Papaya, Orange, Grape, Pineapple
Organic Mushroom Defense Blend Contains all growth phases (mycelium, primordium, sclerotium and fruit body) of Cordyceps, Reishi, Shiitake, Hiratake, Maitake, Yamabushitake, Himematsutake, Kawaratake, Chaga, Zhu Ling, Agarikon, Mesima
Omega 3/6/9 Fatty Acid Blend Flax Seed Powder (dry, cold-pressed), Sunflower Seed Powder (dry, cold-pressed), (providing Alpha-Linolenic Acid ALA, Oleic Acid OA and Linoleic Acid LA)
Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex (from lemon, orange, and grapefruit)
Siberian Eleuthero (root)
Choline (as choline bitartrate)
Hesperidin (from citrus bioflavonoid complex)
PABA (para aminobenzoic acid)
Chlorophyll (from spirulina)
Boron (as sodium borate)
Lutein (from marigold)
*Daily Value Not Established
***Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Other Ingredients: Purified water, 100% pure crystalline fructose, Sorbitol, Malic acid, Apple juice concentrate, Natural orange flavor with other natural flavors, Potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), Xanthan gum, Silica.
Does Not Contain: artificial coloring artificial flavoring dairy products lactose milk wheat grain yeast
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*I challenge you to find a more complete plant-based, cold-processed multi-vitamin for the money. I have been taking Nature’s ways herbal supplements and vitamins, since 1982. Nature’s way is one of the most trusted companies in the business.
But there is an additional reason. Nature’s way cares less about how their Alive Liquid Multi-vitamin product tastes than they do in “getting the formula right.” The customer’s health and complete satisfaction through getting results is the top priority.
And Nature’s way products have played a big part in the fact of my being cold and flu—sickness and illness-free since 1982.
*Disclaimer: No information in this article should be misconstrued or interpreted as an intention to diagnose or prescribe in any way, shape or form. If you are making any changes to your current dietary regimen, you may want to first consult your physician and certified dietician.
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