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John Douillard DC PhD

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B12 Supports Mind and Mood

The main function of B12 is to support the nervous system while maintaining healthy brain chemistry and synthesizing neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and epinephrine.These govern mood, energy, sleep, appetite, drive, motivation, movement, cognition and numerous other brain functions.

Studies have shown that certain people with “resistant” mood issues responded well to B12, B6 and folic acid (3). One study reported that 50% of the subjects with mood issues were also deficient in vitamin B12.

B12 Supports a Healthy Heart

Low levels of B12, folic acid and B6 are linked to high levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which can negatively alter a healthy inflammatory response. The relationship between B12 and homocysteine is so strong that measuring homocysteine levels is considered one of the tests to measure B12 levels.

While its ability to support mood, sleep, energy and a healthy nervous system is amazing, perhaps its most valuable function concerns the heart. High levels of homocysteine may compromise heart health (4). The most active form of B12, called methylcobalamine, is essential for converting homocysteine into methionine (a naturally occurring amino acid) through a process called methylation. As B12, folic acid and B6 are required for this conversion, they work in concert to lower homocysteine levels. New studies reveal that high homocysteine levels are also elevated in the case of mood issues (5, 6).

Why Are We Deficient?

It is difficult to detect a B12 deficiency, because the related health issues may not appear for some 5-6 years. Another problem is that a serum blood test for B12 is not a foolproof test. Even the most accurate way to access B12 levels is somewhat unreliable.

When you combine the facts that many people have stopped eating red meat (which is high in B12), that B12 is a large, bulky and hard-to-absorb vitamin, and that few have the digestive strength to absorb B12, you can understand why this has become a national health issue.

Food Sources of B12

Some of the foods richest in B12 are meat, fish, eggs and dairy, which is why vegetarians and vegans are at such great risk for B12 deficiency.  Vegetable sources do exist, but there are not many of them. Sea vegetables, brewer’s yeast, soybeans, hops, and alfalfa offer small amounts of B12 (7). It is also believed that a 1.866.227.9843 which is why I am such a stickler for restoring optimal digestive health without relying on enzymes, laxatives or a restrictive diet.

Weak Digestion Makes For Poor Absorption of B12

Dietary B12 is released from certain foods in the stomach by hydrochloric acid (HCL). If the digestive acids are low, then B12 absorption is also low. When HCL levels are optimal, the stomach’s parietal cells produce a protein called the intrinsic factor.  This protein attaches to the free B12 and carries it to the distal part of the small intestine, where it is then stored in the liver.

As we age, digestive strength typically weakens and the production of the intrinsic factor decreases, causing the utilization of B12 to plummet. While I don’t believe this necessarily has to happen, seniors are at significant risk for this reason.

 

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