Vitamin B12 & Biotin – what these little beauties did for me

B12

I just started to take sub-lingual B12 1000mg tablets and the results are amazing.   As you know from this blog I am not a vegetarian or vegan so I shouldn’t be deficient in this vitamin but………why then have these little tablets given me such an incredible boost in my daily energy?  Who knows….maybe someone out there does?

Anyway, after I started taking them my husband did a little research and came up with this quote from Gabriel Cousens who is a well known person in the raw food world:

Gabriel Cousens, MD. writes:

“There are at least fifteen vegan studies on adults that have shown identical results. Cooked food and live food vegans show the same results. Approximately 80% of those who do not use B12 supplements or B12 fortified foods sooner or later develop symptoms of B12 deficiency. These may include physical symptoms such as the inability to walk, tremors, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, fever, upper respiratory infections, impotence, infertility, anemia as well as neurological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hyperactive reflexes, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, impaired memory, and paranoid delusions.Consistent research over the last decade has shown that vegans and live food people of all ages and sexes have a much higher risk of becoming B-12 deficient.

A published report cites a man in his eighties who had been in excellent health as a vegan for 38 years, when suddenly he began to suffer from mental disturbances, developed confusion, and sadness, lost bowel control, and lost motor control skill to the point where he could marginally stand up. After one shot of B12 his physical and mental health began to return rapidly and by one week many of his symptoms had disappeared.”

I just found some really important information:  Strict vegetarians, heavy drinkers and smokers, pregnant and breast-feeding women, and the elderly usually require vitamin B12 supplements. Sometimes our body, mainly our digestive system, is not able to absorb this vitamin well. This can happen when a person has pernicious anemia, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, bacteria growth in the small intestine (this is me because I still have issues with FODMAP foods), or a parasite. People suffering from these conditions may need vitamin B12 supplements as well.

When I first went Alkaline Paleo I started eating much more FODMAP vegetables as they were low carbohydrate foods.  I have had to curtail the consumption of these foods as they were causing my IBS to reoccur.

Biotin

The other B Vitamin I never mentioned before is Biotin. Although I have always taken multi B Vitamins for years I decided from a little research to try Biotin alone.

When I first started the Alkaline Paleo diet the white spots on my nails (which I have had all my life) disappeared.  I was happy and thought that was that.  But…they came back.

I didn’t actually think Biotin would work for these marks and had started using it for another reason, but lo and behold to my surprise those little white marks disappeared. Contrary to everything on the internet and everything I have ever heard these white spots were NOT a Zinc deficiency.  It was Biotin.  I took one bottles worth several months ago and they are completely gone.  I think I will take these tablets separately every now and again just to make sure.

It is interesting to read that excessive amounts of egg whites can cause a Biotin deficiency.  Since I was a child I never did like to eat the whites of eggs…perhaps my childhood instinct was on the money.

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