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The Importance of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is required for red blood cell formation and normal growth; it helps to build immunity and treats some degenerative diseases. It is used therapeutically to treat many mental and nervous disorders as well as help combat allergies and increase energy levels. So how do you know if you are getting enough?

Signs of B12 Deficiency

Some signs of B12 deficiency may include weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, depression, indigestion, numbness in the fingers and toes, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, infertility, faltering memory, nervousness, moodiness, paranoia and even personality changes.

What Depletes Vitamin B12 Levels?

Some birth control pills and antibiotics, intoxicants such as alcohol & cigarettes, stress, injuries, illness, trauma & vegetarian diets.

Natural Sources of Vitamin B12

B12 is found naturally in the following products:

Wild salmon (3oz=4.9mcg)

Non fat plain greek yogurt (6oz=1.3mcg)

Grass fed beef (3oz=2.5mcg)

Clams (3oz=84mcg)

Eggs (1 Lg egg=0.6mcg)

Fortified cereal (check label but most 1 cup=6mcg)

Fortified non dairy milk such as soy, almond and rice milks (most 1 cup=1.2mcg)

Nutritional yeast

Micro-algaes such as spirulina, chlorella.

*Recommended Daily Dosage of B12

According to the National Institute of Health the average adults should consume 2.4 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 a day.

Think you are low? Get tested by your naturopath or GP!

*Always consult your healthcare practitioner before adding a new supplement to your diet*

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