Would The Real B12 Deficient Please Stand up?

Ok, if you didn’t stand up, I understand, that would be a little weird.  If you did, thanks!

Humans historically got b12 from eating vegetables, fruits and drinking fresh water from springs and streams.  That’s not the case in modern times.

Studies say, we are all b12 deficient to some degree, even if you consume meat in your diet. This is due to the declining soil quality from over-farming. Then, couple that with the vigorous washing of our vegetables today, to minimize bacteria consumption. There aren’t many nutrients left after all that.

Here is an example: A cattle naturally gets b12 and bacteria that produces b12 from clumps of dirt around the grass roots, while eating.   If this was the case today, you would get minimal b12. Yes, minimal, due to the declining soil quality and the fact that the majority of the cattle today are factory farmed. So getting much b12 this way would seem to be very difficult, to say the least.

Since most animals are factory farmed today for consumers, the industry believes its consumers should still get their b12 from their animals.

So what’s the industries solution?

How about we give the animals a b12 supplement!

Around 55-90% of all the b12 supplements produced, go to factory farmed animals, just so you could get your b12.  Something wrong about that, right?  Why would we want second hand b12, when we could just take the supplement ourselves?

This isn’t just specific to cattle, it’s for most consumed animals as well.

The facts are, b12 isn’t as abundant as it used to be, for vegans and non-vegans.

So what do we all do?

If you’re a non-vegan, yes you can still get b12 from eating meat products, if you choose.  With the supplementation and the animals  accidentally eating their feces, you will get some. Sorry, had to mention that.  Is it enough b12 though?

If you are a vegan, than eating meat products is no bueno and good luck trying to find some on vegetables and stream water? Sure, some fortified foods have good levels of b12. Is it enough b12 though?

No matter what you’re doing to get b12 in your diet, it’s still going to be difficult to get the recommended levels needed.  With b12 being such an important vitamin in our lives, the surest thing we could all do is take a supplement or if your a little crazy, you can run around and catch rain drops in your mouth!  Please record that!

Here is some b12 supplement level recommendations-

According to The Mayo Clinic- Vitamin B-12 supplements are generally considered safe. While the recommended daily amount of vitamin B-12 for adults is 2.4 micrograms, you can safely take higher doses. Your body absorbs only as much as it needs, and any excess passes through your urine.

Here are some common symptoms of a B12 Deficiency:

  • Neurological changes (depression, poor memory or concentration, dementia, low mood)
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Long term constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Soreness on or around the tongue, with a red appearance

If you are concerned about your b12 levels, speak to your Physician and have them check your levels.

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