is seen almost everywhere these days? – Energy drinks announcing the wonder of B vitamins And they all demand to give the energy boost so that through your day.
Unfortunately, it is a great marketing strategy. The rapid energy in these drinks usually comes from their high sugar content and synthetic caffeine.
It is true that B vitamins are essential for energy metabolism of your body. And B12 , in particular, is crucial for energy.
When taken in high quality B12 , which unlocks the energy contained in the food you eat and convert it into glucose can burn.
But junk food fortified no way to get vitamins. In a minute, I’ll show you a better way.
However, let’s take a look at the importance of vitamin B12 is really -. Especially as you get older
First, the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B decreases as you age. So you may need supplements of vitamin B shots even if you are deficient. A simple blood test can determine their levels of vitamin B.
As you age, your digestive tract does not produce a protein called gastric “intrinsic factor”. This protein binds to vitamin B12 so that your body can absorb.
If you are deficient in vitamin B12, you may experience:
- memory loss, impaired thinking and general cognitive difficulties;
- Fatigue and weakness;
- walking and balance problems anguish;
- The numbness or tingling in your hands, legs or feet;
- yellowish skin;
- A swollen or inflamed tongue.
B12 works with seven other members of the family of vitamin B to support your metabolism. It also helps regulate nerve transmissions and maintain the health of your nervous system and spinal cord.
also helps synthesize DNA, bone marrow regenerate and renew the lining of your intestine and respiratory system.
When you do not get enough vitamin B12, your body can not get energy from food. Nor can form healthy red blood cells. And the result is low energy, weakness and fatigue.
B12 also protects your telomeres . You may have heard of me telomeres many times before.
Telomeres are protective caps on the ends of chromosomes. Every time your cells divide, their telomeres shorten -. And that means they’re dramatically increasing the risk of chronic diseases of aging
In a study by the National Institutes of Health, doctors telomere length looked at 586 people. 1 Over 10 years, people taking vitamin B12 supplements telomeres were on average 5.9% more than those who didn ‘t take B12.
Indeed, their cells were acting more than 10 years younger. And that means a lot more energy.
Here are some of the best food sources of vitamin B12: 2
- cooked beef liver;
- rainbow trout caught in the wild;
- wild salmon;
- top sirloin;
- Natural yogurt;
- tuna caught in the wild;
- Swiss cheese;
- free eggs.
As you can see, B12 comes from animals. Vegans and vegetarians sometimes try to get B12 from plant sources, such as algae, fermented soybeans, spirulina and brewer’s yeast. But they are really getting vitamin B12 analogues, called cobamides . And that can actually block vitamin B12 intake and increase your need for the real thing. 3
In addition, acid reflux and ulcer drugs such as Prilosec, Nexium and Pepcid interfere with B12. The same goes for diabetes medicines such as metformin.
And patients with celiac disease, colitis, IBS or Crohn’s disease and bowel problems as “leaky gut” or an inflamed intestine, also have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12 .
These are just some of the reasons why almost 26% of people over age 60 have levels of vitamin B12 low or borderline . 4 And that is why we recommend a blood test B12 for most of my patients.
Your doctor may tell you the B12 normal numbers are between 200 and 350 picograms per milliliter (pg / ml). But I think at this level patients with clear symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. I recommend keeping your level above 450 pg / ml.
To reach that level, most people have to supplement. I recommend taking 5,000 mcg per day for healthy energy levels and telomere protection.
But avoid pills or capsules of vitamin B12. Only a small fraction get absorbed through your gut. Patches or pills do a better job.
Aerosols are more effective … Right now, I’m working on a new and powerful formula B12 in spray form . And I hope you’re ready in just a matter of weeks.
spraying a fine mist of vitamin B12 in your mouth. Capillaries and small blood vessels in the mouth quickly absorb the fog and deliver it to your circulatory system, tissues and cells.
And that does not pass through the intestine, where absorption of vitamin B12 can be inefficient.
Stay tuned for more information!
To your good health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1 Qun Xu et al, “use multivitamin and telomere length in women. ” Am J Clin Nutr. 2009; 89 (6) :. 1857-1863
2 “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12.” National Inst. Of Health
3 F Watanabe et al, “Pseudovitamin B (12) is the predominant cobamide of a health food algae, spirulina tablets.” J Agric Food Chem. 1999; 47 (11) :. 4736-41
4 Lindsay H. Allen, “How common is vitamin B-12 deficiency?” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009; 89 (2) :. 693S-6S
The Can you really Bottle Energy? first he appeared in Dr. Al Sears, MD Anti Aging Pioneer Alternative Health Newsletter .