Why Most People Need Vitamin B12 Supplementation

 

 

 

 

 

By Dr. Mercola

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population have marginal vitamin B12 status and 9 percent are deficient.1 Vitamin B12 insufficiency and deficiency increase your risk of serious health problems, many of which mimic more serious neurological diseases and can easily lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment.

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Could Marmite really help control seizures? Limited study claims the spread impacts brain activity

Research has found that the high level of vitamin B12 in Marmite increases levels of a specific neurotransmitter associated with healthy brain function.

Marmite contains especially high levels of vitamin B12
Marmite contains especially high levels of vitamin B12
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Love it or hate it, Marmite has been found to have a significant effect on the activity in the brain.

Research by the University of York has found that the high level of vitamin B12 in found in the divisive savoury spread increases levels of a specific neurotransmitter – known as GABA –associated with healthy brain function.

GABA inhibits the excitability of neurons, cutting down the volume of responses in order to regulate a delicate balance of brain activity. Imbalances in GABA have been linked with neurological disorders including epilepsy, autism and depression.

These findings are significant because they suggest alternations in diet could potentially be used to increase GABA concentrations, and, in turn, reduce symptoms such as seizures.

In the study, a group of 20 adult participants, 10 of which were male with a mean age of 22, were asked to look at patterns on a screen while they had had their brain activity measured using electroencephalography (EEG), via scalp sensors. It was previously determined none of the group were smokers, recreational drug users, or had any allergies. Leer Más


B Vitamins Play an Essential Role in Metabolism

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B vitamins were once thought of as a single vitamin called Vitamin B. After much research, we discovered there are actually 8 distinct vitamins. Further research has also concluded that B vitamins are water soluble, which means that they are easily excreted out of the body and therefore must be consistently consumed through our diet. B Vitamins have often been the talk of supplementation over the years because of the essential role it plays in the metabolic process. B Vitamins are essential in functions such as increasing the rate of metabolism, maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone, enhancing immune and nervous system functions and promoting cell growth and division. Each B Vitamin has a specific function within the metabolic process.   Leer Más


1 in 6 Americans Are Now on Psychiatric Medication

By Dr. Mercola

Recent research shows that American doctors are still over-prescribing many different kinds of drugs,1 especially antibiotics and opioid pain killers, despite repeated calls for prudence.

U.S. health care expenses have also risen, hitting $3.2 trillion annually as of 2015, and rising prescription prices combined with over-prescribing are significant drivers of these rising costs, according to a government report.2,3,4,5

While psychiatric drugs were not included in that report, statistics reveal a very clear trend of over-prescribing here as well. According to recent research, 1 in 6 Americans are now on antidepressants or some other type of psychiatric drug, and most appear to be taking them long-term.6,7,8,9,10

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Vitamin B12 deficiency can be sneaky, harmful

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What harm can having too little of a vitamin do? Consider this: Over the course of two months, a 62-year-old man developed numbness and a “pins and needles” sensation in his hands, had trouble walking, experienced severe joint pain, began turning yellow, and became progressively short of breath. The cause was lack of vitamin B12 in his bloodstream, according to a case report from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital published in The New England Journal of Medicine. It could have been worse—a severe vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to deep depression, paranoia and delusions, memory loss, incontinence, loss of taste and smell, and more. Leer Más


10 Amazing Benefits Of Vitamin B12 (And Where To Get It)

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Vitamin B12 is necessary to ensure the proper functioning and health of nerve tissues, brain function, and red blood cells.

A wide variety of signs and symptoms[1] may occur when you are deficient including cognitive impairment and slowed mental processing and a host of behavioral and emotional issues such as depression, irritability, and psychosis. In young children, the symptoms include poor growth and development, and difficulties with movement. Leer Más