B12 - the #1 Vitamin Deficiency Damaging Our Brain - Epidemic - It's Many Masks, Lousy Supplements and Useless Tests and some Self-Help Details

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I see so much vitamin B12 lacking - deficiency in almost everyone's blood that I see for Live Blood Analysis - not all for the same reasons. More and more (young) people switch to eating along vegetarian and vegan ways - and often doing it with nudges from advertorials in "health" magazines that are covertly plugging products - such as unfermented soy products, spirulina and such. I shudder.  For whatever reasons - environmental, spiritual or financial - people have abandoned foods that had offered some basic essential B12 nutrition.

Also quite "shuddering" is the mis-diagnoses of a B12 deficiency. The lack of B12 causes many issues that mimick symptoms that receive / promote the taking of many prescription medications: depression, anemia, chronic fatigue, some nervous disorders, etc.
Depression, for example, is never considered as a possible coming together of three related issues: B12 deficiency, a low thyroid (AND poor T3 and T4 thyroid hormone uptake at the cellular level) AND fatigued adrenals - all plagued by poor, up-side-down or inappropriate tests amd a lack of corrooralation. So, anti-depressants (with their numerous side-effects) are handed out as a first choice.
Here are some B12 details, just in case it may have some bearing on your health choices, symptoms and questions. I hope it makes a difference!

I always assumed GPs tested for B12 once in a while to make sure all their patients had enough of thisbasic vital vitamin ... but not so! and the normal B12 test is utterly lacking and often false (see more on this at end of this article).

The most important thing to know, for starters, is that there are several kinds of B12 supplements and they are NOT AT ALL created equal.

Analog B12, also called cyanocobalamine, the kind most commonly sold to the unsuspecting public is the kind you cannot absorb (the supplement companies are not retarded!. We also take in analog type B12 from eating some plant based foods such as algae and spirulina and it can actually block the good B12 from metabolizing and being absorbed.

Methylcobalamine is the magnificent  B12 that is absorbed and taken by our blood to our bone marrow and nervous system - the two systems that require B12 uniquivically. There's always a need and so our blood merely transports the proper B12 and delivers it as soon as we absorb some from what we eat or take as a supplement. If there's an overage, then it is stored in the liver - up to a year's worth! Therefore there is never any B12 running around looking for the exit - either in blood or urine. Unless you took your supplements or ate B12 foods just before your test - then there should be none in your urine or blood if it was methylcobalamine! That would leave you with a test result stating that you were deficient, when in fact you could be or might not be at all - you'd never know! 
So lab tests your urine for B12 - testing for what is being rejected. Or there's a blood test and it shows how much is in circulation and on it's way to the kidneys for elimination. The analog (not humanly active variety) that will possibly be found in your tests and will be the guage of your B12 needs for your health! As you can see, you can actually be quite deficient of the real active absorbable B12 in spite of mainstream medical test results.
Analog, BTW, is also found in spirulina, chlorella, sea vegetables, tempeh, barley, malted syrup, shitake mushrooms, and above all (the ultimate culprit) unfermented soy products (beans, flour, filler, tofu, soy milk, soy ice cream etc) and more. It’s presence blocks the absorption of any good B12 which is Hydroxocobalamine and/or Methylcobalamine. 
Vitamin B12 Test: High Vitamin B12 Blood Levels
 

Hydroxocobalamine and Methylcobalamine are the two bio-available kinds of B12’s. These are found mainly in red meat - significantly in liver (which should be organic), beef, lamb, buffalo and bison; less but still some is bio-available in shell fish such as clams, mussels, oysters (but watch for the pollutants); and also some in wild salmon, trout, haddock, tuna and most other fish; and we find a bit in egg yolks. There is virtually no B12 in chicken and pork - white meat. For example - one egg has the same amount of useable B12 as in 1/2 of a chicken - and this is still very little).
An omnivore who turns into a vegetarian can become very deficient in as little 

B12 - the Hydroxocobalamine and Methylcobalamine varieties - are what you want to see your supplements and possible B12 shots made of. This is the kind our bodies need, use, absorb and store. it is very telling which companies will spend a bit more on quality content and which ones want us to blindly swallow the analog variety - the cyanocobalamine.

The same applies to B12 intravenous shots. Only in the past few years are my clients able to get their GP's onside to write a methylcobalmine prescription and then have it filled at a natural pharmacy. Then my clients take the B12 ampules home and refrigerate these. When they see their physicians for their shot, they take their B12 with them. GP's normally write up the prescriptions which are ALL filled as cyanocobalamine by all major pharmacies - and that kind does not require refrigeration - easy-peasy... but not very useful. There's a surge of energy right after the inital cyanocobalamine shot which quickly subsides. A tiny bit of the huge onslaught of the cyanobobalamine reaches the nervous system after the first hours after the shot and the rest is pee-ed out. Again, check to see what kind your physician or naturopath is actually using - get a look at the box the ampule was in - they may have had an eager salesperson persuade them to get the cheaper cyanocobalamine variety for their patients' B12 shots.

Your GP may even kindly offer B12 shots – even the right refrigerated methylcobalamine kind - with one other heads up! If you have mercury fillings then that's contra indicated – otherwise there will be more harm than good. Your alternative is supplements - sublingual or straight down the hatch! 

Sublingual will do (not great) until your gut is repaired as the B12 is best when it has had a little shoulder rubbing with the wonderful bacteria in the gut.

B12 deficiency can parade / mimic as many conditions such as inflammation, indigestion, constipation, poor co-ordination, mood swings, depressions, the beginnings of MS such as numbness and tingling in the limbs, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, infertility and increases in existing autism symptoms.

When B12 is bioavailable (through food and good B12 supplements), then there is help with improving sleep quality, reversing degenerative neurological diseases, vitamin K production, better use of sulphur, anti-depression, detoxing thru methylation and many more important chemical reactions.
B12 is intricately involved with the health of the bone marrow (where all your red and white cells are created and almost all stay till maturity). B12 is also, as with so many complex factors in our body, a co-factor in OTHER intricate chemical pathways and a necessary and essential requirement that the body has that is not just directly related to bone marrow and nerve health.
B12 together with folic acid (B9), is a critical co-factor for the production of enzymes which methylation depends on (crucial) and which, in turn, neurotransmitters, hormones, energy production at the cellular level and detoxification are dependant upon.

B12 requires a healthy alimentary canal - is part of a complex absortion dance – the stomach's hydro-chloric acid, intrinsic factor, R-protein, the enzyme Pepsin's availability, the intestinal bacteria viability and the intestinal-wall villi's health - all have to be in good working order. NO DYSBIOSIS!

top foods with vitamin b12

These requirements tend to become more difficult with age - when not given attention. AND they can be completely depleted and lacking from medications, anti-biotics, chemo-therapy, incorrect colon cleansing, illness and neglect... And all of this can cause dysbiosis (leaky gut syndrome).
Low hydrochloric acid in our stomachs causes less control of the bacteria's environment there and then that improperly creates more of the analog B12 that blocks the beneficial B12, inspite of good food choices and supplementation and then register as a good thing on B12 lab tests!!! Yikes!!! Many people have this challenge – and it is easy to fix.

When there is a true B12 deficiency - for whatever reason - then a resultant homosistein deficiency can also be measured (low levels are not good for the heart). Guess-work is not advisable with an unhappy intestine. ASK!
Live Blood Analysis will also show where the weaknesses are.

GP’s may offer various tests for B12 deficiency – as long as it is not a blood or urine test. These often deliver false positives and false negatives and also measure the free analog B12 – unproductive. It's of no value to know that you are circulating the stuff you don't want and which is heading to the exit. Then to be told that there you have it! Bob's your uncle!! Your B12 is fine! hmmm...

Another useful test is a methyl malonic acid (MMA) urine test as methyl malonate is elevated in the urine in people with a real B12 deficiency. In BC this particular urine test must be demanded or else the standard tests are trotted out! ASK for a homocysteine test - far cheaper and easier to get. High homocysteine means low B12 and a retest of homocysteine in 6 months is a good idea.

People taking drugs such as Omeprazole (Prolosec), Tagament, Pepsid, Zantac, Lansoprazole (Prevacid), and Metformin and people with celiac disease, malabsorption and / or Chrohn's disease are more likely to have challenges - even when eating the right food sources.

When the digestive system is compromised, then sub-lingual (under the tongue) B12 supplements is the way to go - and expecting gradual improvements.

Eat the right foods and maintain a healthy intestinal track to metabolise your fine B12 containing foods and get this essential health factor working in your favour at all times. Use a live blood analysis session to see where your weak spots are, so that there is no guessing. 

Merrie Bakker

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