Saturday, October 23, 2010
Feeling the effects of Fall? Try Vitamin B12
Feeling lethargic, tired, depressed? Maybe you're also experiencing episodes of dizziness or even slight memory loss.
Well there may be a solution to your woes. You may be B12 deficient!
If you're a non-meat eater, you're at an even greater risk of developing a Vitamin B12 Deficiency as high sources of B12 are mostly found in meat.
It should be noted that there are non-animal sources of B12 such as: tempeh and miso, algaes and sea vegetables, however these forms of B12 have been found not to have the same activity as the real meaty B12.
The B12 content in fermented foods may be different - but the key difference depends on how that food is produced.
Traditionally produced tempeh is loaded with B12 because it contains healthy bacteria which produce it. In North America, however, large scale production and improved sanitation has decreased these bacteria, and therefore the amount of B12.
Your B12 status can be easily measured with a blood test, but since it is a water-soluble vitamin, supplementation within a healthy range can't hurt.
Your ND can give you a quick Vitamin B12 injection next time you're in the office; a great way to boost your energy!
In good health,
Dr. Stacey Welton, ND