Note from Carolyn:
This is good information about both the sources and methods of taking B-12 supplements. You don't have to resort to shots, there are sublingual forms of the good form of B-12 available. I keep one handy for periods of low energy, but based on this and a strong family history of Alzheimer's I may start taking it every day. I make sure I get plenty of the B vitamins. I do this with Essential Source B12 Complex
. Through studies like this one we can push back the onset of Alzheimer's and still live a long and productive life. That is my goal!
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One of the pitfalls of pursuing a healthy diet is that we are sometimes blind to nutrients we may be missing. And in the world of healthy eating, one of the most common nutrient deficiencies involves vitamin B-12, a crucial nutrient for nerve health and the construction of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body.
Vitamin B-12 deficiency is especially common among vegetarians and vegans, but it's also surprisingly common in meat eaters, too. Why? Because vitamin B-12 can only be absorbed in the small intestine, and due to common intestinal ailments, even many meat eaters who consume high levels of B-12 are unable to absorb it in their gut.
This leads to a series of seemingly "mystery" health symptoms that actually have a simple common cause: Vitamin B-12 deficiency!