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What is B12 & Why is it Important?

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What is B12 & Why is it Important?

  • It is a safe non-toxic water-soluble vitamin that is part of the B family
  • Aids in the production and synthesis of genes such as DNA, Ribonucleic acid (RNA) and neurotransmitters
  • Affects the development and maintenance of red blood cells, nerve cells and the myelination (covering) of nerve cells and supports adrenal function
  • Maintains our energy and helps prevent fatigue
  • Helps promote a healthy brain and cardiac function
  • Has a critical role in the formation of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced from the pineal gland in the brain that controls your sleep and wake cycles.
  • Helps support optimal metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, promotes cell growth and repair, and activates the vitamin folate in the body
  • Helps create strong hair, nails and skin
  • Mitigates the damaging effects of stress
  • Helps keep down levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is a toxic amino acid found in animal protein and has been linked to arterial disease and heart attack

Vitamin B12 Elimination May Occur Due to:

  • Taking certain medications such as metformin, antibiotics, and stomach acid controlling drugs
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Taking Vitamin C over 500mg and potassium supplements
  • The natural aging process where our bodies become less efficient in absorbing it from the foods we eat

Deficiency Symptoms

  • Fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Dizziness and shortness of breath
  • Vision problems
  • Soreness of the mouth and poor appetite

How to Get Your Daily Dose of B12 in Bioavailable Forms

  • Injections help aid in the absorption of B12. Schedule your next visit at Illuminate – Face & Body Bar, they offer Vitamin B12 injections ($35) and a B Complex Shot ($35)
  • Take a high-quality supplement that contains a full spectrum of B vitamins, including biotin, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2) and niacin such as the Mega Food Balanced B Complex ($15)
  • Your gut can manufacture and synthesize missing components of the complex when your inner ecosystem is balanced by having a healthy ratio of high quality probiotics such as Mega Food Mega Flora ($20). Also include fermented drinks and teas like kombucha
  • Add live cultured pickles, sauerkraut, vegetables and kimchi into your meals daily
  • Adding Spirulina (blue-green algae), varieties of seaweed, dried nori, tempeh, cheese from raw milk and nutritional yeast.
  • The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) suggests a 3 mcg dose of B12 daily.

To your health,

Sharina

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