As you search on the web about vitamin B12, what do they say? Many say that B12 is one of the most important nutrients because if you don’t have enough in your system, you may become megaloblastic anemia, or experience fatigue, palpitations, dementia, infertility, and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. I have also read that unlike other nutrients, such as vitamin D or vitamin K, the human body cannot synthesize vitamin B12. So we must eat animal meat or take a B12 supplement. Guess what? This is not completely true. We are being misled by what the majority of government and mainstream health organizations are saying.
B12 deficiency is not something you should take lightly. It is just one of several B vitamins, such as folate (B9), pyridoxine (B6), riboflavin (B2), that are important for our health, not just individually, but as the various B vitamins work in teams or partnerships. That is why it is essential to have a good balance of all of them. For example, vitamin B12 works with folate to help make red blood cells, and to produce S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) – a compound that’s involved in immune function and mood. Vitamins B12, B6 and folate work together to manage levels of the amino acid homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine in the blood have been linked with heart disease. And B2 allows B6 and folate to work properly! It’s all synergistic.
We are told that if you don’t eat meat or fortified cereal/grain, you will become b12 deficient. However, the truth is that meat eaters won’t absorb as much b12 as they believe. Interestingly, research shows no association between B12 blood levels and consumption of meat, poultry, and fish. According to the researchers, rampant B12 insufficiency is not due to lack of meat consumption. Rather, the vitamin simply isn’t being properly absorbed. However, the author of Medical Medium, Anthony William claims that animals’ B12 doesn’t work in humans.
William says that each living creatures make their own B12 by eating bacteria from freshly grown berries and leafy greens. Cow eats grasses and make their own B12. Chicken eats worms and berries and make their own B12. The key factor is the bacteria in the soil. You can find many articles saying that most factory livestock are raised with B12 shots. The reason for this is because animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) aren’t fed their natural diet. Cows are fed corn and grains, most of which are genetically engineered (GE) and loaded with pesticides, rather than grass. The same goes for chickens, the natural diet of which are insects, worms, seeds, and berries, not GE corn. Like these livestock animals, we, the humans have been eating unnatural, crappy foods for decades and it is now suggested that we need to take B12 supplements.
Those vegans who grow their own vegetables using natural soil, have no sign of B12 deficiency. There are various tribes like South Africans from KwaZulu-Natal. Hunza people from Hunza Valley in Pakistan, and Indian from Brokpa tribe of Ladakh who have consumed plant-based diets for centuries or could be even thousands of years. So as long as you are a true vegan who mainly eats fresh vegetables and fruits from a farm, you don’t need to worry about deficiency. However, junk vegans who eat a lot of wheat products such as pasta, bread, pizza, cookies along with fake meats, like impossible burger, must be low in B12 and have lots of health issues.
I think providing your body with the right kind of B12 supplementation is a wise choice for those have digestive issues and already have symptoms of deficiency. B12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin is the perfect combination to supplement B12 deficiency and support your body’s B12 needs. Methylcobalamin is good for the eyes, ears and hearing, heart, nervous system, and adrenals. Adenosylcobalamin is good for the central nervous system, spleen, pancreas, liver, and endocrine system.
But mostly I encourage everyone of you to grow your own fruits and vegetables with nutritional soil. We can start with sprouts which are not difficult to make.