I thought I was really healthy, I wasn’t addicted to poisoning my liver with daily cups of coffee, or any of these new energy drinks loaded with absurd amounts of death dealing sugar and caffeine. I go the gym multiple times a week mostly doing body weight exercises. I’m totally devoted to the organic non-gmo lifestyle, I even limit the amount of processed food I consume and I supplement myself with food derived vitamins and bio-available minerals.
But something was wrong. I started taking mid-day naps, I wasn’t as alert, I started getting joint pains around the hip, I just wasn’t feeling as immaculate as I used to.
I did frenzied research and I came to the conclusion that it was B12.
Not only was I manifesting B12 deficiency symptoms, but I realized I’d been deficient for years.
B12 is not one of the supplement fads that tend to come and go in waves. One minute everyone is talking about the benefits of a new miracle extract, and then months later, a new one comes along touting even better benefits. B12 is actually a powerhouse that helps make DNA, nerve and blood cells, it’s also crucial for a healthy brain and immune system. Your metabolism would be handicapped without it.
The consensus belief is that B12 can only be attained by ingesting animal flesh, this is so untrue. Some “experts” claim that humans are the only creatures on the planet whose bodies cannot manufacture B12, this is also untrue. The benevolent bacteria in our small and large intestine can manufacture B12, but it’s claimed that since B12 is produced below the ileum (where B12 is absorbed), it’s not available for absorption.
Personally, I believe that our bodies inability to create enough B12 our body needs is a direct result of our industrialized diet laden with monstrous levels of sugar/high fructose corn syrup which has created an intestinal bacteria imbalance between good bacteria and candida. This candida has relegated the good bacteria to small numbers, which in turn limits drastically the amount of B12 the good bacteria can produce.
Symptoms of B12 deficiencies
- Muscle weakness
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Tingling in your extremities
- Mental fog
- Mood swings
- Feelings of apathy and lack of motivation
- Constantly feeling tired or chronic fatigue
- Muscle aches and weakness
- Joint pain
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Feeling dizzy
- Poor memory
- Inability to concentrate
- Mood changes, like increased depression and anxiety
- Having abnormal heart problems, such as palpitations
- Poor dental health, including bleeding gums and mouth sores
- Digestive problems like nausea, diarrhea or cramping
- A poor appetite
- A more serious deficiency can also cause a form of anemia called pernicious anemia, a condition that can cause memory loss, confusion, and even long-term dementia
Incredibly Vitamin B12 Deficiency also makes you more susceptible Depression, Dementia and Multiple Sclerosis.
B12’s job in the body
1. Supports Energy
Vitamin B12 plays a key role in how your body creates energy. Without it, your cells get hungry and you feel weak and tired.
2. Protects the Heart
Your heart and entire cardiovascular system needs B12. One of its responsibilities is to remove a dangerous protein called homocysteine from the blood. If homocysteine is allowed to proliferate through blood, it can damage your arteries leading to inflammation and heart disease.
3. Needed for Healthy Skin and Hair
Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy skin, hair and nails as it plays a major part in cell reproduction. B12 benefits skin health by reducing redness, dryness, inflammation and acne blemishes. it can also be applied to the skin for psoriasis and eczema. It can also reduce hair breakage and help nails to become stronger.
4. Prevents Nerve Damage
Your nerves have a protective covering to protect them from toxins and free radicals in your blood. Without these coverings called myelin sheaths, exposed nerves can become damaged and even die. These dead nerves disrupt signals to and from the brain and may play a role in nerve-related conditions. Vitamin B12 supports how your body replenishes this protective covering.
5. Improves Mood and Outlook
Your brain utilizes a chemical called serotonin to regulate your mood. If you have a B12 deficiency you may find yourself feeling down.
6. Protects Brain Health
Researchers have noted Alzheimer’s patients have much lower levels of B12 than those of a similar age who have sharp and clear memory. In the same fashion that B12 helps protect nerve cells, it helps protect the myelin sheaths of brain cells that are often lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.
7. Keeps You Looking and Feeling Young
Aging is a result of cell wear and tear, and they age faster when your DNA doesn’t replicate correctly. Many factors can affect DNA replication, like free radicals, toxins in the blood and high blood sugar. B12 supports DNA health, thereby keeping your cells younger.
8. Helps Produce Red Blood Cells and Prevent Anemia
Vitamin B12 is needed to help produce a healthy level of red blood cells. It helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia, which results in symptoms like chronic fatigue and weakness.
OK which B12 to supplement with?
The first thing you don’t want to do is to supplement with a synthetic B12. So you need to avoid B12 derived from Cyanocobalamin, and you want to find a B12 which is derived from liver, micro-organism, fermentation or Cobalamin Concentrate.
I started supplementing with a Jarrow Brand Methyl B12 5000 mcg, the first thing I noticed was a huge burst in my energy levels. Then I noticed I no longer needed mid-day naps. The biggest thing I noticed was my hip joint pain disappeared. I do have premature gray/white hair and I believe it is from my years and years of B12 deficiency, so I’m monitoring my grays to see if they disappear in time.
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