What You Need to Know About Vitamin B-12

What You Need to Know About Vitamin B-12

August 18, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– [Dr. Group] Hi everyone. I’m Dr. Group with
Global Healing Center, and today I’m going
to talk about on of my favorite nutrients
which is B12. So the presentation is basically
going to be, “Why every single person, well
the majority of people I feel need to be on
a B12 supplement?” And everything you need
to know about B12.
So I’m happy you’re joining me today, and
today we’re going to talk about what I consider
again one of life’s most important nutrients.
Most people know B12 is a vitamin that supports
their energy levels, but there’s a lot more
to this vitamin than just supporting your
energy levels. B12 is essential for your brain,
your nervous system, your heart, your mental
health and so much more.
Unfortunately if you don’t get enough B12
your health is going to suffer many things
and your body is going to suffer. The statistics
show that an overwhelming majority of people
worldwide simply don’t get enough B12, and
most adults over 50 according to studies but
I think even adults over the age of let’s
say 25 or 30 have problems absorbing B12.
So getting enough B12 in your diet alone can
be a challenge, and if you follow or you’re
thinking about following a vegan or vegetarian
diet, you probably been told that it can leave
you especially vulnerable to a B12 deficiency.
But I’m telling you that, that’s not really
the case. B12 deficiency can affect anyone,
not just vegetarians and vegans but also believe
it or not most meat eaters are deficient in
B12. Some of the more common symptoms of B12
deficiency include fatigue,
irritability, feeling run down… especially in
the afternoon, never having any energy, memory
loss, depression, pale skin, brain fog, mental
cloudiness, even weird things like burning
sensations, muscle cramps, bleeding gums,
slow reflexes, all of these things are potential
indications that a B12 deficiency is affecting
your body.
The good news is that all those problems are
completely and easily avoidable. If you pay
attention to your nutritional needs and you
know what to do and supplement with a good
B12 supplement. That’s what we’re going to
cover today. Every single thing you need to
know about vitamin B12.
So first of all, I’d like to discuss what
exactly is vitamin B12. B12 is not created
by plants or animals, it’s actually created
by soil based bacteria. You might even say
it’s similar to a probiotic. The term B12
is actually a catch all used to describe a
group of vitamins known as “cobalamins”, and
there’s four types of cobalamins. There’s
methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin which are
the two co-factors of B12, and then there’s
hydroxocobalamin, and then there’s cyanocobalamin.
Hydroxocobalamin is the one the pharmaceutical
companies have patented and usually that’s
used as an injectable form of B12.
So methylcobalamin is one of the co-factors
of B12 and is one of the two better forms
or the best forms of B12, specially when it’s
combined with the other co-factor which is
adenosylcobalamin. These are the only forms
of B12 that are already broken down that your
body is able to absorb almost instantaneously
and use.
Methylcobalamin is also really good for your
heart. As a matter of fact, one study found
that methylcobalamin was effective at lowering
homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels
are associated cardiovascular disease. Adenosylcobalamin
is the other co-factor form of B12 and the
second active form of B12. Then you have hydroxocobalamin
and cyanocobalamin. Hydroxocobalamin isn’t
bad but the methyl and the adenosylcobalamin
are way better for your body to take in. Cyanocobalamin
is the one you want to avoid, it’s basically
cobalamin bonded with cyanide and commercially
produced. This is the type of B12 that is
produced by bacteria fermentation for the
purpose of low cost, cheap vitamin and food
fortification. This is the kind of B12 that
people fortify and all the different types
of food, cereals and stuff like that out there
at conventional grocery stores, it’s the one
that’s really bad for you.
If you start looking at B12 supplements, it’s
the one you see cyanocobalamin in the majority
of probably 99% of the B12 supplements out
there contains cyanocobalamin. One easy rule
is if you see cyanocobalamin in something,
you know that company is not a good company
so don’t buy their nutritional supplements,
don’t by their foods or whatever. It’s just
a very low poor quality.
So let’s talk about why B12 is actually very
important for you. I can’t stress enough B12
plays a huge important role in your body.
It impacts everything from your energy levels
to the way your brain functions. Your nervous
system and brain neurons actually rely heavily
on B12. In fact, people that have MS… multiple
sclerosis or also Lou Gehrig’s, ALS need extra
vitamin B12 supplementation because it helps
protect the myelin sheath surrounding the
nerves.
B12 and folate also work together to create
healthy blood cells. B12 helps with melatonin
production that can impact your sleep, your
mood quality. B12 is involved with serotonin production
which can help supports your mood. B12 contributes
and support your thyroid health. We see people,
I mean practically the whole world is having
problems with their thyroid now and it’s because
B12 deficiency, it’s also because of iodine
deficiency. B12 helps support your immune
system, also male fertility sufferers suffer from a
lack of vitamin B12 and that was actually
a study done at the University of Maryland
Medical Center.
The Linus Pauling Institute and Oregon State
University found that low vitamin B12 correlates
with an increase risk of breast cancer. There’s
even evidence that suggest that high vitamin
B12 administration can help protect against
brain atrophy and destruction. Something that
could be really important as you grow older
specially with dementia and Alzheimer’s care.
So it actually helps support the brain and
might even help prevent some of those damaging
dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases
which are nothing more than just toxic chemicals
and heavy metals that have accumulated in
the brain, but the B12 can help to protect
those brain path ways from degradation from
the other toxins.
B12 also supports energy levels, your endurance
that’s why it’s great for athletes to use
it. It works by supporting your cellular function
and this directly translates into more physical
energy. So here’s the bottom line, with so
many systems in your body relying on B12,
if you don’t get enough you’re setting yourself
up for B12 deficiency and a long list of health
problems.
So I want to get in to B12 deficiency but
before we do, it’s going to help if I first
describe exactly how your body processes and
absorbs B12 because this is one of the big
problems that I found when doing research
on B12. By the way, I was not the kind of
person that I thought people needed B12 all
the time, but so many people started writing
in and saying, “Well, you’re not recommending
B12. We all need B12. What’s going on?” So
I actually had to take three months and do
extensive research into B12 and I was actually
amazed of what I found. I mean, because I
really don’t like to recommend a lot of things
to people, I’m more into if you cleanse your
body, you keep your body clean on a regular
basis, you can act– keep yourself healing
mechanism activated, obviously avoiding all
the junk foods and stuff like that. But what
I have to say is everybody was right. The
conclusion of this research or summarized–
I’m going to summarize all my research during
this presentation today and hopefully you’ll
see the same thing that I saw, and I started
taking B12. I actually developed a B12 supplement
because I wanted to take a B12 that had the
methylcobalamin and the adenosylcobalamin,
and it was GMO free and vegan friendly, vegetarian
friendly and everything like that.
Now there’s a bunch of B12 supplements out
there and this is not an advertisement for
my B12 supplement, it’s just good information
that everybody needs to know because still
today, I don’t know everything about everything.
I mean you still find out things and with
the world evolving and changing, you still
find some things that you’re not going to
get through the food supply like I talk a
lot about iodine which we have iodine receptors
and vitamin D, those are all things that I
think everybody needs to be on.
So how does your body actually absorb and
process B12? Well first we have to understand
that our bodies do not make B12. The only
way to get it is through our diet. Now this
is the case with most vitamins. However, most
vitamins are water soluble and easily absorbs
but B12 is different and it requires that
your digestive system is working properly
which most people’s digestive system are not
working properly, and this is what lead me
to the conclusion that we all need to take
or supplement our system with B12.
When you consume B12 through foods, it goes
through a lengthy digestive process that begins
in your mouth. When you chew up your food,
it mixes with saliva. Although most people
don’t chew their food properly until it’s
a liquid before they swallow it. The saliva
actually contains proteins that protect the
B12 from gastric acid in your stomach. Another
thing about your stomach, it’s lined with
cells that are called parietal cells. The
parietal cells secrete hydrochloric acid which
help with protein digestion, but they also
secretes something called intrinsic factor
and this is they key when you’re talking about
B12.
Intrinsic factor is actually a carrier for
B12. So when you swallow your food, the saliva
protein known as the R protein will degrade
in the small intestine or the duodenum and
it will release the B12. So it protects the
B12 in the stomach until it gets to the duodenum
or the small intestine, and then it releases
the B12.
It’s right there in the small intestine that
the B12 will bind to intrinsic factor and
transport the vitamin through the duodenum
and the jejunum into the ileum which has intrinsic
factor B12 receptor. So the ileum actually
has B12 receptors and that’s how you absorb
them, but the intrinsic factor has to carry
the B12 to the ileum to reach the intrinsic
factor receptors. So along the way, it’s involved
with the synthesis of hormones like melatonin
and neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
Now, if you don’t have enough intrinsic factor
then the B12 can’t bind to it and it can’t
be absorbed properly. It’ll just exit out
through your body. Now keep in mind that’s
a best case scenario. Good B12 absorption
is relying on a lot of different things specially
enzymes and pancreatic enzymes like lipase
and protease as well. If anyone of those steps
is out of balance, you might not be able to
absorb the B12 you need, and that’s what we’re
finding with today’s society. All of the toxic
foods, the beverages, all the other stuff
is that we have a problem with intrinsic factor
and actually absorbing B12.
So it might not be that you’re not taking
it then, it might just be that you’re not
absorbing it, carrying it and utilizing it
properly. This is a big problem for the majority
of people and usually the primary cause is
not B12 but not having enough intrinsic factor.
Now there’s a number of reasons that you might
not have enough intrinsic factor. If you have
weak stomach acid or you just don’t produce
enough stomach acid, you might have low intrinsic
factor.
Sometimes stomach surgery, if you ever have
any type of stomach surgery, that can affect
intrinsic factor production. If you have gastritis,
that can destroy the gastric mucosa which
in inhibit intrinsic factor production. Some
of the things that most people eat on a daily
basis like MSG which is hidden under natural
flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein. I
mean there’s probably 35 different hidden
terms for MSG where you would never think
you’re consuming MSG but you actually are.
That has been shown to directly decrease gastric
intrinsic factor. So if you’re consuming,
you’re eating out of restaurants, even though
you’re taking an animal protein and stuff
like that that might contain B12, you’re not
producing the intrinsic factor that carries
the B12 to the ileum.
One thing you definitely need to be careful
of and I had no idea about this is mercury.
Tap water, water contamination, if you have
dental fillings of mercury, all that can leak
down into the gut. If you eat fish that contains
mercury, high fruit, corn syrup. I mean there’s
plenty of sources of mercury out there. What
happens is the mercury can damage the small
intestine and affect not only B12 absorption
but also intrinsic factor production.
Another thing that we can link altered intrinsic
factor production to is genetically modified
foods, specially the GMO foods that contains
the BT Toxin which can damage the stomach
cells causing them to not produce or alter
the production of intrinsic factor, and that
also leads to leaky gut syndrome. Gluten is
another thing that I would recommend everybody
avoid whether your gluten sensitive or not
because now it’s been shown that gluten can
actually cause an immune response for up to
six months straight if you just consume gluten
one meal, and those who don’t know what gluten
is, that’s going to be any of your wheat or
barley or rye, the majority of the foods out
there that are made with any type of wheat
are going to contain gluten. So whether you’re
sensitive or not, we all are sensitive to
gluten and it has been shown that gluten causes
damage to the parietal cells in the stomach.
So again gluten can actually prevent you from
absorbing B12.
What happens is your immune system can actually
attack intrinsic factor which can be induced
by gluten sensitivity, chemicals, plastics,
bad food, an acidic environment. When your
immune system attacks the intrinsic factor
that can cause what’s called “pernicious anemia”.
The causes are enormous, I mean we could talk
about probably thousands of different things
that you’re going to take in through your
mouth, air, food, water, beverages, all that
stuff because so many people are having gut
issues, stomach issues, but the bottom line
is any of those toxins that are coming into
your mouth can cause an alteration in your
stomach, can cause alterations in the acidity
level of your stomach, and all that can lead
to B12 deficiency.
So let’s talk a little bit about B12 deficiency,
I would say after doing three months of research
and please do your own research because don’t
believe everything that I say. I’m just relaying
this information so you can use this to start
your own research. I would say that B12 deficiency
is a huge problem, and it probably affects
close to 80% of the population out there.
I say that because believe it or not, even
most pets are deficient is what their finding.
I mean if you ask your vet, they’ll probably
going to do some test and find out that your
cat or your dog is deficient and that’s why
most cats and dogs right now are getting B12
shots. But anyway, B12 deficiency can produce
a huge range of symptoms.
Now for most people, the biggest symptom of
B12 deficiency is fatigue, mental fatigue,
as well as physical fatigue. They just don’t
have the energy. They’re always feeling drained.
If this is you, and sleep and exercise aren’t
doing the trick to increase your energy, that’s
probably because you have a deficiency of B12.
B12 can also bring on physical symptoms that
can be anything from an upset stomach, shortness
of breath, neuropathy, nerve pain, anemia,
that’s when the blood doesn’t have enough
red blood cells. Now a lot of people think
this only relates to iron deficiency which
isn’t true. Remember, B12 is necessary to
produce red blood cells, and red blood cells
carry oxygen.
So if you’re low on red blood cells, you’re
not going to have enough oxygen headed to
your brain and your muscles. So muscles need
oxygen and poor oxygen circulation can also
cause muscle pain.
So you can link a B12 deficiency to many things
and ultimately not enough oxygen to the brain
can cause symptoms of mental illness, brain fog
and more different types of symptoms. In fact,
talking about B12 deficiency and how it affects
the brain and mental health, I touched on
it before but quite frankly, anytime you got
neurological or psychiatric issues, a B12
deficiency needs to be considered. Now, think
about all the kids and all the people these
days that are taking the anti depressants,
anti psychotic, ADD, ADHD medications, bipolar
medications, anti anxiety medications, I mean
personally I don’t believe there’s anything
that mental illness doesn’t even exist because
I’ve done the research, all mental illness
is caused by some sort of vitamin deficiency
or it’s caused by too many toxins coming in,
chemicals, phthalates, endocrine disrupting
chemicals, all that could go up to the brain
and cause misfiring of your brain which can end
up causing mental illness. But right now,
doing research I actually found out that vitamin
B12 deficiency is involved in many neurological
disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, memory
loss, stress, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD,
nervous system damage, there’s even
400 studies linking B12 deficiency to anxiety
and depression.
There was a paper from the journal of nutrition
and wellness that reported B12 deficiency
can lead to psychosis, mania, depression,
memory loss and memory malfunction and more.
So if you’re experiencing or if you know anybody
that’s experiencing depression, mood swings,
even sadness, lack of motivation, you need
to think about B12 as a possible cause and
make sure that maybe you want to go down and
meet with your natural healthcare practitioner
or whatever because, “Hey, it’s a simple easy
remedy that might actually take care of these
mental illnesses and prevent you from being
on any type of psychiatric or psychotropic
drugs which are extremely damaging, and the
list of side effects for those is we could
do a whole show about that. There’s even research
to suggest that B12 deficiency contributes
obsessive compulsive disorder.
Researchers at the University of Michigan
and Tufts University found that vitamin B
deficiency may increase the risk of age related
cognitive decline including again Alzheimer’s
disease. In some cases, a thyroid disorder
like hypothyroidism can combine with the B12
deficiency and creates symptoms of depression.
a lot of things happen with the thyroid and a lack of B12 deficiency. Just think how many
psychiatric ailments can be linked to a relatively
simple dietary deficiency, specially iodine,
B12 and vitamin D. Those three are three of
the things that I always do, of course I always
do complete cleansing with people first but
anybody that’s suffering from any mental illness
clean up their intestines, clean their liver
and gall bladders, as a matter of fact traditional
Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic, always associate
mental illnesses with liver congestion.
So cleansing the liver and iodine vitamin
D3 and B12 might be, I mean I’m not saying
it’s going to work all the time but it might
be something you want to look into for any
type of mental or neurological issues. The
question is, “Are you giving your brain, your
nervous system the nutrition it needs to function
properly?” I mean that’s the question you
have to ask, so it’s better not to wait for
symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency to arise
before you start paying attention to, if you
need B12 or not.
There’s even something called subacute combined
degeneration which affects the white matter
in the brain’s spinal chord when you’re B12
deficient. This is something you want to avoid
obviously at all cost since it can affect
your neurological function, how you walk and
your muscle strength. So think about that,
it’s much easier to just get enough vitamin
B12 than to have to deal with the symptoms.
So then, I went to look into what actually
causes a B12 deficiency? Why are we all B12
deficient?
So it’s obviously– Well, obviously B12 deficiency
is caused by not getting enough B12. That’s
what most people are thinking anyway. Well,
you didn’t get enough B12 in your diet that’s
why you’re deficient. However, the real number
one reason most people are B12 deficient is
because they didn’t absorb enough due to
unhealthy digestive system. That is what I
realized and that’s what a lot of other practitioners
have realized. It’s not like you’re not consuming
enough B12, the problem is you’re not absorbing
it and your digestive system is messed up.
So remember how we talked about the intensive
process your body goes through to digest and
absorb the B12? Well, if your stomach or small
intestine have any functional or structural
damage, you may have trouble absorbing enough
vitamin B12 and other nutrients for that matter.
So if you have leaky gut syndrome, food allergy,
you’re sensitive to dairy or gluten, you might
have excessive bloating or gas, if you have
harmful organisms in your intestines like
parasites that can steal or destroy the B12
before you even get it. For example, tapeworms
are notorious for stealing vitamin B12 from
people. If you eat sushi, I mean I’ve come
to the conclusion also that every single person
has parasites. I mean if you’re not doing
a parasite cleanse twice a year, at least
once a year then it’s time for you to seriously
look into doing that. I mean for example,
one square inch of sushi has been found to
contain 10,000 to 100,000 larva or eggs of
different types of worms, mostly tapeworms.
Parasites can lay up to 100,000 eggs a day
or maybe even up to a million. So it’s just
something to consider but any type of gastric
problems, any chronic irritation of the stomach
lining can result in the reduction or loss of gastric cells. IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
celiac disease. I mean the list
of digestive problems goes on and on
and on. Really any inflammation or inflammatory
bowel disease or digestive ailment, if you
have any of that there’s a strong chance that
you’re not absorbing enough B12 or other nutrients
for that matter. Don’t think that, “Hey,”
like me I eat a fairly healthy diet.
I mean I’m mostly raw vegan most of the time,
and why would I have deficiency in B12, most
likely I probably would. Wrong, after reviewing
all this research and even eating a healthy
diet, I still and I didn’t do any test but
I still had some of the symptoms of B12 deficiency
and I started taking 2,000 micro grams a day
and I’ve notice a tremendous difference in
my overall health just by taking some additional
B12.
Some people think well, I eat healthy. I’m
exempt from all the problems but that’s not
necessarily true. I mean, age can be a factor.
I’m almost 50 and as you do– I had a horrible
diet for probably the first 25 years of my
life, 30 years of my life. So that does come
into play. I did have digestive problems,
that’s one of the reasons why I started–
I stopped eating meat slowly over a period
of time. Wasn’t because I was a radical, and
I just wanted to say, “Oh I want to be a vegan
or I want to be a vegetarian.” It’s because
I grew up for a long period of time on crappy
food. I even can remember a time where I was
eating TV dinners. I mean, I can still remember
everything that comes on a Salisbury Steak
TV dinner because I ate it for like weeks
on end at one time in my life. So even not consuming
enough probiotics and lacking a good solid
balance of good bacteria in your gut can lead
to a B12 deficiency too. So there’s a lot
of assorted items that can be problematic
factors. Alcohol consumption. I mean alcohol
isn’t good for the liver and it can cause
inflammation to the stomach and decrease stomach
acid which can lead to B12 deficiency.
There’s quite a bit of research to show that
parietal cell function is dramatically decreased
when it’s exposed to alcohol.
Also the British Journal of Nutrition reported
a study that showed high coffee intake correlated
with low B12 status. That’s people that are
drinking probably more than one cup of coffee
a day. We have to remember also that 80% of
the coffee, the world’s coffee supply is heavily
contaminated with pesticides and insecticides
residue. I personally would probably link
the damage to the– not specifically to coffee
but more to the pesticides and the insecticides
and the herbicides that are causing damage
to the parietal cells. I don’t like to think
anything naturally growing on the Earth if
it’s organic can really cause that much damage
to the body unless it’s over used. So stress
actually, smoking is another thing, acidic
conditions can also destroy B12. Meat for
example which is a source of B12 is actually
very acidic and can destroy the B12 that it
contains. One thing that doesn’t get talked
about enough is the number of prescription
medications that can cause B12 deficiency.
That was very shocking– Well, it wasn’t shocking
but you know, when you look at all the different
things like I was doing it’s like, “Okay,
let’s see. Is this true? Does everybody need
B12?” Well when you look at all the different
factors out there that can damage the parietal
cells and damage the production of intrinsic
factor and can neutralized B12 absorption,
I’m telling you there’s a lot of things out
there. Some of the things you would never
even think about. I mean think of how many
people right now and how many children are
on one or more prescription medications.
If you are, if you know somebody that is,
no doubt about it, you’re going to be B12
deficient and you’re going to have to supplement
B12 into your diet.
Antibiotics, big. This is something tracing
back because antibiotics can destroy B12 and
considering that many animals on feed lots
are raised with antibiotics, cows, pigs and
stuff like that. This also might be a reason
why so many meat eaters are deficient in B12,
because if you’re not eating grass fed, organic
chicken and beef and everything organic. I
mean even the organic ones still sometimes
have to use antibiotics then, you could be
thinking you’re getting your B12 from your
meat but you’re actually not because the animal
has antibiotics in it.
I’ll tell you also with so many people being
on– having diabetes and the metformin, a
type two diabetes medication, that’s been
linked to impair B12 absorption. So anyone
out there have heartburn, okay. If you take
acid blockers, watch out because most anti
acid, practically all anti acids are going
to reduce B12 absorption.
I know, living in Houston, we have the oil
and gas industry here. There’s people that–
I mean practically everybody I talked to,
men over the ages 30 have a roll of anti acids
in their pocket, and they pop them like they’re
candy. They go through two or three rolls of anti
acids a day. So how on Earth are they going
to be getting B12, they’re not. So just be
aware, all anti acids are going to inhibit
B12, proton pumping inhibitors which are used
to reduce stomach acid and manage acid reflux
have been linked to a 65% increase risk for
vitamin B12 deficiency, and that was a study
published by the journal– JAMA, Journal of
American Medical Association.
If you’ve known anybody that’s had cancer
that has gone through chemotherapy or radiation.
Chemo is ultra rough on your whole body for
that matter specially the digestive system.
It irritates the stomach, the intestines which
is terrible because B12 is specially important
for people with cancer. Anyone undergoing
chemo should be taking mega doses of B12 because
it’s going to help protect some of the normal
cells.
One thing that I should talk about is how
B12 deficiency affects people following a
vegan or vegetarian diet because that’s all
you hear out there. Well, if you’re a vegan,
if you’re a vegetarian, you’re going to be
deficient in B12. No doubt about it. In fact,
what I found out is, that is one of the biggest
myths about B12 deficiency, that’s it’s a
bigger problem for vegans and vegetarians
than meat eaters. Unfortunately it’s pretty
common for people to mention to their doctor
that they’re transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian
diet and the doctor jumps all over them and
basically says, “Oh, you’re going to be deficient
in B12, you’re going to be deficient of iron
and all that.” Aside from the fact that the
health benefits from a plant based diet are
incredible specially a LIVE plant based diet,
the truth is that eating meat isn’t some sort
of free pass out of B12 deficiency and meat
eaters are just as likely if not more likely
to suffer from a B12 deficiency because peole
who eat meat are more likely to have the gastrointestinal
issues that inhibit the absorption of B12.
Sounds strange but there was a study performed
60 years ago called the Framingham study and
it looked at the effect of cholesterol on
cardiovascular disease and inadvertently found
that many meat eaters were low in B12.
One of the reasons is that the B12 producing
bacteria is heat sensitive and is killed when
the animal dies or is cooked. So this alone is
going to make most animal sourced B12 unusable.
So that means, that study proved and with
more research coming out– is you can’t really
even get your B12 whether you’re a vegan,
vegetarian or meat eater. There was a study from
the journal of agricultural and food chemistry
that found microwaving foods containing B12
reduced the vitamin content by close to 50%.
So even if you have a little bit of B12 left
in your food and you microwaved it which I
highly recommend, by the way everybody throwing
out your microwave because microwaves radiate
the food. They cause damage to the food and
what you’re getting is dead radiated food
that you’re putting in your body. It’s extremely
non-healthy and it activates the immune system,
and immune system actually has to attack your
own food.
So we talked about the symptoms of B12 deficiency
and a lot of the health problems. Obviously
most people are wondering at this point in
time, is there some way to test to see if
I have B12 deficiency? The answer is yes.
You can test. There are few ways to check
for B12 deficiency. They are not a 100% accurate
but they can definitely provide some clues.
The thing to know is that B12 works in the
cells, not the blood stream. So a serum B12
like a blood serum B12 measurement isn’t going
to be totally accurate. But there is something
called spectracell test which can determine
intracellularly if B12 deficiency exists and
is a better evaluation. You can also measure
methylmalonic acid and homocysteine levels
to indirectly tell if B12 is low, but they’re
not as reliable as spectracell. There are
tests that can determine if you have anemia
also and what type of anemia. There is something
called the shilling test actually which checks
vitamin B12 absorption and can also determine
if you have pernicious anemia. All of these
are fairly standard lab procedures you could
have done, but obviously if you can, the best
idea is to avoid that scenario in the first
place. You could go to a doctor and you can
get a lab test done or you can just look at
your dietary habits, see if you’re having
any problems, see if you’re having any symptoms,
or what I’m doing and what I recommend people
do is just take a B12 supplement which is
what brings me to the next part of the presentation
which is, “What is the best way to correct
and avoid a B12 deficiency?”
Well, the best way to avoid a B12 deficiency
is to consume enough B12. I personally recommend
at least 1,000 to 2,000 micro grams a day.
The only B12 I would take is a B12 supplement
with the co-factors which is a combination
of the methylcobalamin and the adenosylcobalamin.
So where can you get get B12? Well, one obvious
answer like we talked about is food. Foods
considered to be good sources of B12 are beef
liver. How many people that you know eat beef
liver, red meat. Of course if it’s medium
or rare or something like that is probably
going to have more B12 in it because it’s
not cooked all the way through. Make sure
it’s organic. Dairy which I recommend, nobody
eats dairy products because dairy is an inflammatory
products which cause inflammation in the intestinal
track and may even harm the parietal cells
which secrete intrinsic factor. But raw dairy
is another– it would be something that some
people might want to consider. Shellfish also
contains B12. So you have to decide for yourself
whether or not to consume animal products,
and if you do, that’s your choice. That’s
fine. But I still with all the toxic chemicals
and everything else, you’re looking at even
consuming animal products all day you probably
still going to be vitamin B12 deficient.
Personally I avoid meat and dairy but that’s
something that I had problems with for a long
period of time and I slowly eliminated it.
Just make sure you only get organic grass
fed meat or a dairy locally, sustainably raised
and stuff like that. If you are a vegan or
you are a vegetarian, there’s definitely fewer
options available for you. Now, a lot of the
foods for vegans and vegetarians are fortified
and even other foods are fortified with synthetic
vitamin D. There’s like soy which I highly
recommend people avoid, and the fortification
is done with cyanocobalamin. The cyanocobalamin
is not the ideal form of B12. The ideal form
is the methylcobalamin or the adenosylcobalamin.
Those are the only two co-factors of vitamin
B12. Those are what vitamin B12 breaks down
into the body. There’s a lot of supplements
out there that contain methylcobalamin. But
the adenosylcobalamin is the other co-factor
of B12. Unfortunately the adenosylcobalamin
is very, very expensive to put in in a nutritional
supplement. So the perfect nutritional supplement
would have a ratio of adenosylcobalamin and
methylcobalamin in the same supplement. That’s
what we use and that’s what I actually produced,
even though the adenosylcobalamin is $14,000
– 15,000 dollars a kilogram. But if I’m going to be
taking something, I’m going to be taking the
best and I’m going to be taking both of the
co-factors.
So there’s really no question in my opinion
that a B12 supplement is the easiest way to
consistently and reliably meet your B12 requirements.
A lot of people go in for B12 injections.
They take a pill, they take the sublingual
drops. There’s even B12 patches available.
So it doesn’t matter whatever you choose to
do, that’s what you choose to do. You might
just try to avoid the cyanocobalamin.
There’s really no denying the fast acting
efficacy of a B12 injection. Injections are
great but if you don’t like getting shots,
or you don’t have easy access to the doctor,
they’re not for everyone and what I found
is they– I haven’t found injectable B12 that
contains methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin.
So that’s why I feel like the liquid supplements
are fast, easy, convenient, take a few drops.
Take a drop for full, hold it under your tongue.
Swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds
or so, swallow it.
I specially like the fact that the ones that
contain vegetable glycerin. The glycerin actually
protects the B12 from some of the stomach
acid. So you actually get that B12 coming
down into the small intestine. According to
research at Texas A&M University, B12 injections
and B12 supplements are equally effective.
The Lancet which is the British medical journal
even published information that cited oral
B12 supplementation as more tolerable than
injections. Not much surprise that a swallow
of liquid is easier to take than getting stuck
with the needle.
So like I said the best B12 supplements on
the market are going to contain a combination
of the methylcobalamin and the adenosylcobalamin.
That actually– not only that I’m saying that
the National Institute of Health website says
the exact same thing. That’s what some doctors
are recommending although it’s very rare to
kind of find a supplement that has both of
those.
So while we’re talking about the absorption
of B12, it’s probably a good time to mention
the necessity of making sure your digestive
system is in order because remember, we talked
about before about the intricate process of
what has to happen for your body to actually
absorb the B12, and how any kink in the digestive
process can cause problems with B12 absorption,
and really nutrient absorption overall. So
you can take all the B12 in the world, but
if you’re not absorbing it, it doesn’t matter.
The answer to this is, is to strengthen your
digestive system, heal your gut. Remove the
inflammatory food from your diet. If you’re
consuming a lot of processed sugar, stop.
If you’re eating gluten, stop or just slowly
reduce it over a period of time until you
can stop.
Another big thing is to avoid and stop eating
genetically modified foods, that’s going to
be your corn, your soy. I mean
a lot of things are genetically modified,
and how to avoid? The easiest way is to just
eat organic, certified organic foods. There
was study over 15 years ago that found that
mice fed potatoes treated with the BT toxin
is what they use in genetically modified foods
had structural changes in the ileum, and that’s
where your B12 is going to be absorbed.
The ileum is the main– Well, it is the only
in the major absorption side of B12 before
it releases into your system. So changes in
the ileum structure will absolutely affect
your B12 status. If you’re not eating probiotic
foods, taking a probiotics supplement then
something I highly recommend you start doing.
That’s not a replacement for B12 supplementation
but some probiotic bacteria particularly lactic
acid bacteria play a role in production of
B12 in the guts. So kefir, kombucha tea, a
good probiotic formula. Those are all really
good to repair and strengthen your gut health.
There was even a study in Stanford, they found
if you take a probiotic supplement it greatly
increased your B12 levels and the absorption
of B12. Another thing that I always recommend
that people can do to help reset their digestive
system is to perform a series of body cleansing.
Oxygen and intestinal cleansing and liver
cleansing specially. If you’ve never done
this, check out our nine-step body cleanse
program on our website at GlobalHealingCenter.com.
It can be a huge game changer for you. So
anytime, really the one thing that I always
talk about is reactivating your body’s own
self healing mechanism. Creating a clean and
green outside environment, breathing clean
air, eating clean food, drinking clean water
and avoiding all the toxic things that can
come in to your life or into your mouth.
So let’s just do a little recap of what we’ve
talked about. Vitamin B12 is absolutely essential
for your health. It doesn’t only affect your
energy levels but your cardiovascular health,
your nervous system, your bones, your joints
and specially your brain. Unlike other vitamins,
absorbing B12 requires that your digestive
system and your liver are working efficiently,
so that’s another thing to consider. Is your
digestive system healthy? Would you benefit
from an intestinal cleanse? Are you getting
enough probiotics? Are you getting enough
enzymes? Have you performed a liver cleanse?
Are you giving your liver regular nutritional
support?
So it’s my opinion that the easiest surefire
way to get your B12 requirements is by regular
supplementation with a high quality B12 supplement,
and when you’re looking for one, make sure
it contains the methylcobalamin and the adenosylcobalamin.
I actually created the one called vegan safe
B12 but there’s plenty of B12 out there. The
main thing is do your research, look at what
is available. Take the information that I’ve
given you today and expand upon it. Specially,
I’d really like to hear from anybody whose
dealt with B12 deficiency. How they corrected
it. The difference its made in their lives. Please
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