I‘ve heard plenty of theories about where you can get your B12…
You can get it from meat.
You can get it from eating ripe figs.
You can get it from algae.
You can get it from not washing vegetables.
You can get it from yeast.
You can get it from eating dirt.
You can get it from the bugs in your broccoli.
I’m sure you could chime in with dozens more.
Ultimately, you may be able to get B12 from doing just about anything — like petting your cat or licking a plastic bottle (not advised) — but the question is can you absorb it?
A Tufts study says 40% of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have B12 levels in the low/normal range.
What this means is either everyone needs to eat more dirty meat, figs, yeast, bugs and algae to raise their levels — or — there’s something happening inside of nearly 40% of us that isn’t allowing the nutrient to be absorbed and assimilated from these food sources — or — these food sources just aren’t enough.
If I had to pick, I’d choose the last two.
What’s shocking is that I’ve encountered so many people who fight their own need to take B12. They fish around endlessly for solutions given by experts who’ve never tested their own levels without addressing the reality of the situation — if they’re in a room with 2 people, one is likely deficient. And it may be them. (Please note: this is for meat eaters and vegans alike.)
B12 deficiency is ugly. Nervous system damage. Agitation. Irritability. Lack of mental clarity (read: crazy.)
Why mess around with these facts, never get tested, and rely on some nutter who’s likely making up crazy-B12-deficient theories because they’re B12 deficient themselves?
For me, I used to get involved in the arguments too. I didn’t believe in blood testing until it saved my life.
Now, I’ve transcended those arguments that I used to make about B12 — other nutrients as well — to say and do these 5 simple things.
- Don’t listen too closely to experts who don’t believe in any type of scientific testing.
- Get your B12 tested (Methylmalonic Acid Test and/or B12 Serum.)
- Get B12 shots if the results are very low.
- Take a maintenance supplement. I use B12 patches which use methylcobalamin — the non-synthetic active form in the body.
- Repeat the tests once a year (more if you have a health challenge.)
I no longer spend hours digging through research I can hardly understand — most of which would make me a healthy rat, not human.
Now, I spend about 5 minutes a year thinking about B12 when I’m on my way to the lab to get tested or ordering the patches from our store. That’s it.
This leaves a lot more time to think about things that really matter to me.
Your question of the day: Where do you get your B12? (And have you been tested lately?)
P.S. We’ll be having a special on B12 patches all week, so be sure to head over to the store and get a great deal on them now here.