Vitamin B12 is used by the body to make red blood cells. B12 is required for many vital biological functions, including production of adrenal hormones, metabolizing fat, carbs and folate, formation of red blood cells, iron absorption, nervous system function, cognitive health and much more. It’s also used to produce DNA. You could have a vitamin B12 deficiency if you’re constantly having headaches, lose your appetite, or if you’re always feeling tired. But, one of the most common warning signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency is a persistent feeling of weakness, it’s been revealed.
But that’s not it. Other common findings about B12 deficiency are:
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population have marginal vitamin B12 status and 9 percent are deficient
- Vitamin B12 insufficiency and deficiency increase your risk of serious health problems, many of which mimic more serious neurological diseases and can easily lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment
- B12 deficiency can even affect a woman’s Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer. Low B12 can affect the appearance of cervical cells, which can result in a false positive
- Animal foods have become a questionable source of B12 thanks to modern farming practices, and many experts now believe most people really need to take a B12 supplement to ensure healthy B12 status. This does not matter whether the farming referenced is animal or plant.
Where do we get B12 from?
Vitamins are created by vitamin-fixing bacteria near the plant roots. These bacteria, as well as earthworms and other important insect life are destroyed by pesticides. Traditionally, vitamin B12 was commonly found in root vegetables. However, now that pesticides essentially eradicated worms and insects from modern farmland, root crops contain little to no B12. The B12 content of spinach could be doubled and barley is tripled when synthetic fertilisers are replaced with organic fertilisers.
Currently the only reliable and absorb-able sources of vitamin B12 are animal products. However, even animal foods have become a questionable source thanks to modern farming practices and, for this reason, many experts now believe most people really need to take a B12 supplement to ensure healthy B12 status.
Looking more into the detail of B12. It also helps to remove the toxic burden of the body. Toxins harm enzymes involved in methylation. The damage may be to the genes, the epi-genome or other gene encryption mechanisms. The activation and silencing of genes is dependent on methylation, the restoration of glutathion and many other issues. To bypass these issues, methyl-B12 can be considered.
There have been some misunderstandings regarding B12 and folic acid. Dana Gorman had found that, in addition to folinic acid and MTHF, giving also folic acid in combination with hydroxy-B12 (5:2 ratio) is helpful. This combination has been found to de-methylate toxins and can be very effective for stims, tantrums and any daily acute crisis in autistic children (autistic disabilities are linked to B12 deficiencies).
B12, along with B6 and folic acid, has also been shown to reduce the frequency, severity and disability of migraines. Certain microbiome changes and dysfunctions can lead to higher levels of homocysteine production, which can make you more susceptible to migraine attacks.
Vitamins B6 and B12 help to optimise your homocysteine levels. The scientists also found that depending on your genotype, you may need a higher or lower dose to benefit. People with TT genotypes, which have a lower enzymatic rate, metabolise less homo-cysteine than those with C-allele carriers. As a result, the former experience less of a benefit from the supplementation and require higher doses.
If you are not interested in these very specific descriptions, the simple fact is B12 can also help you to get rid of re-occurring headaches (which are linked to increased toxicity).
This was a randomised, double-blind placebo, controlled trial of 6 months of daily vitamin supplementation (i.e. 2 mg of folic acid, 25 mg vitamin B6, and 400 microgrammes of vitamin B12) in 52 patients diagnosed with migraine with aura. […]
Headache frequency and pain severity were also reduced (P<0.05), whereas there was no reduction in the placebo group (P>0.1).
Obviously we are talking about 6-month supplementation program, not an immediate effect. In most cases, things that resolve the issues immediately, are probably causing new long-term issues.