Vitamin B12 For Alkaline Vegans
Vitamin B12 For Alkaline Vegans
Within the Dr. Sebi methodology the emphasis is placed on the consumption of minerals, and not on vitamin B12 or vitamins. The was done for good reason in placing the focus on all minerals, because they are all important in maintaining the health of the body. Minerals are the building blocks for all the compounds that make up and are used by the body.
Vitamin B12 is a mineral compound that plays a very important part in supporting the overall health of the brain, nerves, blood, and cell metabolism.
Vitamin B12 is also called cobalamin because it is a compound that contains trace amounts of cobalt mineral.
This cobalamin compound plays an essential role in maintaining the myelin coating that protects the spinal, cranial and peripheral nerves.
Low levels of cobalamin or Vitamin B12 circulating in the blood has been associated with high levels of homocysteine in the blood, which thickened arterial walls. High levels of homocysteine damaged arteries and undermine heart function and cardiovascular health.
Plant Based Eaters And Vitamin B12
A lack of cobalamin or vitamin B12 in the diet can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency. Vegans and vegetarians are more susceptible to vitamin B12 deficiency than people who eat meat, but meat eaters are also susceptible to low levels of cobalamin.
Cobalamin or vitamin B12 is made by bacteria that live in soil, on plants, and in water sources. The bacteria synthesizes the cobalt from the soil, develops the cobalamin compound, and deposits it on plants and in water sources. People who ate plant based diets were able to get sufficient amounts of B12 from these sources.
People who ate grazing animals got a portion of their B12 from those animals who ingested cobalamin from the plants they grazed on. Animals don’t make vitamin B12 but ingest it from plants and water sources.
People who now eat animals may consume a little more vitamin B12 than plant based eaters because some meat sources may have more concentrated amounts of vitamin B12 than do plants sources.
Dwindling Vitamin B12 In Nature
At one time getting enough vitamin B12 wasn’t difficult because it was abundant in the environment in the soil, on plants, and through water sources like mountain streams and well water.
Now we get most of our water through the public water system which is treated with chlorine to kill harmful bacteria, but it also kills bacteria that is beneficial to our health. So a natural and abundant source of non-animal vitamin B12 has been compromised.
Our mass produced vegetation must be cleaned thoroughly to not past on harmful bacteria, which also kills good bacteria. And after we purchase our vegetables and fruits we often clean them thoroughly, once again removing vitamin B12.
Nature provides an ample source of vitamin B12 for vegans and vegetarians, but man-made systems destroy that source of cobalamin which then produces the need for taking vitamin B12 supplements.
During the time of abundance of vitamin B12 in the environment, it was easy to get the “B12 benefits.” Now that the natural source of vitamin B12 in the environment been reduced, getting proper amounts of vitamin B12 for vegans, vegetarians is a concern.
Sources: Vitamin B12 For Vegans And Vegetarians
Eating lots of raw vegetables and fruits will supply more B12. A good way to to get lots of raw vegetables and fruits into your daily diet is to consume a lot of blended vegetable juices and fruit smoothies daily.
I am reluctant to take a vitamin B12 supplement because I’d rather get my nutrients from whole foods. Nature also provides nutrients in the best possible combinations that interact in a synergistic way to best support our health.
I also avoid supplementation because the processing of foods, including supplements, allow people to knowingly and unknowingly contaminate, interfere, and reduce the nutrient value of our foods and supplements.
I also understand the importance in maintaining a good B12 level, and understand cobalamin access has been reduced through industrialization processes. So I monitor by vitamin B12 level and reluctantly periodically supplement with a vegan B12 supplement when and if necessary.
Spirulina Source For Vitamin B12
Earlier on during my transition to a plant based diet, I stayed away from taking a vitamin B12 supplement and I took spirulina as natural daily source of vitamin B12.
I now avoid spirulina because studies show that it contains and inactive form on B12 that does not contain the cobalt mineral. It displaces the cobalamin which is needed to properly support brain, nerve, and blood function.
Vitamin B12 in the Vegan Diet
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