Many vegetarians worry about not getting enough of this important vitamin because it’s found in dairy and animal products, but it is also found in wheat germ. So, if you are eating refined white flour products, the wheat germ is missing. Vitamin B12 works with iron and calcium in the body and aids the central nervous system. Consumption of alcohol can destroy and decrease the absorption of this vitamin. Refined sugar also decreases B12 in the body.
Some possible signs of deficiency: anemia, loss of appetite, pain in facial muscles, pain and numbness in arm and shoulder, nerve problems, loss of concentration, low energy (feeling dead), difficulties with muscular coordination, Bells Palsy, dyslexia (in this case, try taking B12 before reading), dark circles under eyes, swollen and/or inflamed tongue, chronic constipation, paranoia and/or psychotic behavior, memory loss, pale complexion, bone spurs, bursitis, burning tongue, loss of balance and/or staggering, bursitis, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing.
Another consideration is that B12 can be made in the body from healthy intestinal bacteria. When this is lacking due to excessive consumption of sugar and alcohol, drinking chlorinated water, taking medications, birth control pills, and antibiotics, it is important to increase your healthy bacteria (lactobacillus) by eating fermented foods and/or taking a good probiotic.
Foods and herbs high in vitamin B12: eggs, wheat germ, raw unpasteurized milk, salmon, chicken, cheese, spirulina, alfalfa, capsicum, catnip, kelp, hops, and red clover.
Supplement recommendations from Nature’s Sunshine: Liquid Vitamin B12 Complete (liquid form is better absorbed, and this formula contains B6, B2, and B1), along with Vitamin B-Complex, Balanced, which contains folic acid, important for the absorption of B12. Spirulina is rich in many nutrients, including all the essential amino acids, making it a good choice for blood sugar problems. Kelp is also rich in iodine to help support the thyroid gland. Alfalfa is a wonderful herb for allergies, capsicum is great for circulation and increasing metabolism, catnip and hops are calming, and red clover helps to cleanse the blood, making it great for skin conditions. Probiotic Eleven is a great probiotic for increasing friendly bacteria in the colon. This is a good product for traveling to help prevent diarrhea, and it may be useful for all inflammatory bowel disorders and yeast/fungal infections.
This information is for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease, or to take the place of any medical care that you may need.
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Lisa Hernandez, Certified Natural Health Practitioner www.learningtobehealthy.com