I came across some very interesting information today. Apparently many people have a deficiency in vitamin B12. It turns out that not only is our diet deficient in this very important vitamin but as we get older our bodies gradually have a more difficult time absorbing B12. Not only are we deficient in this very important vitamin but we are also unaware of that there is a right type of B12 to use as a supplement. Kinda sucks right??
What does vitamin B12 do??
Essential in red blood cell production
Very important for energy metabolism
Needed to support the function of nerve cells and for myelin production (this is the insulating material surrounding the nerves)
Required for the replication of DNA - when B12 is deficient we can't generate new, healthy cells
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Defiency
Low energy and weakness
Mental confusion or ‘fogginess’
Persistent sleep problems
Hearing and vision loss
Irritability and mood swings
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Tingling in the extremities
The type of B12 you should be looking for is called methylcobalamin. The more common form, called cyanocobalamin, releases cyanide - a poison - into your body. So remember, when looking for a B12 vitamin supplement, sublingual B12 Methylcobalamin is the way to go!!
For my friends who are vegan or vegetarian - make sure you find a solid B12 (Methylcobalamin) supplement. For those of you that are leaning more towards the vegetarian ways but still allow some room for animal proteins - Look for these foods (in order of declining B12 content):
Sardines, salmon, tuna & cod are excellent sources
Grass-fed lamb and beef
Scallops and shrimp
Yogurt, milk and eggs
One serving of seafood a day will give you more than enough of your required B12 per day; while grass-fed lamb and beef needs to be 3 or more servings per day and each serving of dairy or poultry will provide you with a 1/4 to 1/3 of your daily requirement of B12. I do my best to eat seafood at least 4 times a week and I also take a good B12 supplement (Methylcobalamin), just for good measure.
One of my favorite recipes is:
1 1/2 lbs large shrimp
6-7 organic garlic cloves, crushed
handful organic cilantro, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, coursely chopped
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp himalayan sea salt
1 tsp thai red chili pepper paste (optional)
Chop the garlic and let it rest for 15 minutes to allow the enzymes in it to be activated. Heat the coconut oil over medium to high heat. Add the onions and shrimp - allow to start cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and all the spices. Cook until the shrimp are nice and pink. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.
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