To B12 or not to B12 …

Today I was offered supplements of vitamin B12, since my levels are in the lower range. At first I felt like taking them, but I trusted my intuition instead which told me to do some more research.

I began by looking at the company producing the supplements. Reading their statements about B12. They actively advocate a carnist diet as both a norm and necessity. Disregarding the fact thatΒ B12-deficiency is common regardless of diet, I don’t want to support such biased statements. Looking further, the supplement in question also contain other compounds, for example processed wood pulp. I don’t want that in my body either. There is also a magnesium salts from a fatty acid which is of unclear origin.Β  And the manner the B12 is produced is not specified.

So I after a bit more of research on my own I find studies showing there are even plant alternatives which are sources of active B12 [1].

Not only that, but intestines with an adapted flora can produce B12 [2]. This for me is the obvious long-term solution. If my body can get B12 directly from plant sources and then even have it directly produced by bacteria, I’m going for it!

I also suspect the loss of B12 is related to the general health of the intestines. By gradually healing myself, I should be able to minimize the loss and even turn it around to generate a surplus.

Much people both inside and outside of mainstream media, science and medicine are victims of rigid thinking. Taking decisions and doing research based on the assumption of the human organism and species as a fixed and not an evolving concept does not lead to questioning of old assumptions and studies and keeps us stuck and stagnant.

By trusting our own judgement and connection with our bodies we can choose our own path and be our own scientists and healers. Health at all stages of life should be the norm, not the exception.

Sources

[1] Watanabe, Fumio et. al. Characterization and Bioavailability of B12-compounds from Edible Algae. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, 48, 325-331, 2002. https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jnsv1973/48/5/48_5_325/_pdf/-char/en

[2] Albert, M.J. et al. Vitamin B12 synthesis by human small intestinal bacteria. Nature 283, 781-782, 21 February 1980. https://www.nature.com/articles/283781a0


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