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Vitamin B12 Food Sources

Vitamin B12 Food Sources Most people get plenty of vitamin B12 in their diets. It’s found in animal foods of all kinds — meat, poultry, pork, fish, seafood, dairy, and eggs. The two best sources of B12 by far are clams and liver which contain 60 times more vitamin B12 than beef and over 100 times more than eggs. But for those who don’t eat animal products, getting adequate B12 is a very real concern. Plant Sources of B12: A Dangerous Myth Almost half of lacto-ovo vegetarians and over 90% of vegans are B12-deficient. And unfortunately, there’s a persistent dietary myth that’s causing a lot of...

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Malabsorption: A hidden cause of B12 deficiency

Malabsorption: A Hidden Cause of B12 Deficiency Unfortunately, simply eating plenty of vitamin B12-rich foods is not always the answer since many people have problems with vitamin B12 absorption. Here’s why … Vitamin B12 occurs in animal foods bound to protein and gets released when hydrochloric acid and gastric protease in the stomach break this bond. But many factors can inhibit this process. The first is age. An estimated 10-30% of adults over the age of 50 have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12 from food. Thus, it’s recommended that all adults past this age take supplemental B12. Eating disorders and chronic digestive disorders...

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Why is Vitamin B12 Important for Healthy Brain Function?

Why is Vitamin B12 Important for Healthy Brain Function?Memory and FocusWhen considering what functions represent a healthy brain, quick-thinking, memory, or focus may come to mind. It is true that healthy levels of vitamin B12 have been linked to all of these things. Vitamin B12 is also necessary for proper nerve function, and the brain and nervous system work closely together. The myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells is responsible for how quickly signalsmove through your brain, and vitamin B12 is vital for maintaining the strength of the myelin sheath.Therefore, maintaining a consistent amount of vitamin B12 in your body...

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms Vitamin B12 deficiency can have serious consequences, yet up to 40% of American adults are believed to have below normal levels of vitamin B12. Deficiency symptoms include weakness, loss of appetite, constipation, numbness or tingling in the arms and legs, difficulty maintaining balance, and shortness of breath. Effects on the brain can manifest as: brain fog memory loss depression anxiety confusion disorientation hallucinations schizophrenia If left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a host of neurological problems including gait abnormalities, neuropathy, neuropsychiatric manifestations, and impaired vision, taste, and smell. In the long term, this can ultimately lead to...

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Long term health benefits of Vitamin B12

Research is now delving deeper into a number of health related illnesses that could be directly or indirectly linked to a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Some of these illnesses are age related macular degeneration, neural tube defects, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, osteoporosis and other age related declines. Age related macular degeneration (AMD): Vitamin B12 has been associated with the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and risk of frailty, both leading causes of disability in the elderly. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. Risk factors include increasing age, family history, hypertension, smoking, obesity, sunlight exposure...

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