Have you always wondered if you should be supplementing with Vitamin B12? Taking B12 is one of the most controversial topics in regards to supplementation. Do I supplement? What do I recommend? Here is what I have to say! http://youtu.be/1_1J8Lw4WnY
One of the biggest topics in the raw world is the B12 debate.
I get asked DAILY about my opinion on B12 supplements and if I take B12.
B12 is an important issue for all health enthusiasts, whether they are vegan or not.
The purpose of making the video is to answer peoples questions about my b12 history and what I suggest for others, based on the knowledge I have and advice I have received from trusted health professionals. There is a lot of information out there about B12 for vegans and non vegans. I am not claiming to have read through all the material and I am not claiming to be an expert on the topic.
First, let's go over some B12 basics to help you understand the topic.
Anyone can be B12 deficient, regardless of diet.
Even meat eaters are deficient.
What is B12?
There are many different B Vitamins. B12 is a vitamin found in soil.
B12 is typically found in few foods, meat being one of them because animals eat the plants/soil and it is carried in their products. B12 is not typically found in conventional produce, but it can be found in organic, wild fruits and vegetables grown in rich soils. B12 is also a flora produced in your colon: you either produce it or you don't.
Do I take it?
Am I deficient?
I get checked once every 6 months or about 1-2 times a year, and I am currently NOT deficient in B12. Because I am not deficient, I currently choose not to supplement as per recommendation of Dr. Graham because I do not want to inhibit my body's ability to produce this vitamin on its own. In the past 8 years, I have tried it 3 times. It's the only supplement I've ever taken. All other supplements I do not believe in taking and am not deficient in these. I do believe that if you have to supplement, then your diet is incomplete.
My advice: Get CHECKED!
No scare here! Takes YEARS of not consuming any B12 to become deficient!
Most likely it is something that comes around OVER time. Even when people get an injection, they don't FEEL results immediately. Most notice better sleep and a better mood and perhaps weight loss? What are the symptoms? Dementia, light-headedness, Psychological disorders, extreme sleepiness.
When you take a supplement, it can stay in your system for up to a year.
Many different sources:
Methylcobalamin* - Take this kind if you do supplement.
Cobalamin - this form is not absorbed by our bodies. Do not take this one.
In summary, I think it is important to get your B12 levels checked and make an informed decision based on the results. There is no need to supplement if you're not deficient, as that may cause more harm than good. This is not just a vegan thing: otherwise, this deficiency would JUST BE IN VEGANS. Anyone can be B12 deficient. Get checked!
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I believed her crap about b12 being stored in the liver and consequently only supplemented irregularly. A couple years down the line I had some concerns about my health and right now Im in the process of receiving SEVEN B12 injections because my doctor found I'm 'dangerously low'. I hope nobody else has to suffer because of advice she gave
There is nothing dangerous or irresponsible about sharing your own personal experiences. We do not have to apologize for having our own unique personal path or to share it with others. People need to decide whether or not to follow it for themselves. For example a yogi in India might not need many things in their diet of lifestyle that ordinary people cannot live without and if people try that themselves it may not work for them. There are examples of yogis who do not eat anything at all but most people in the matrix are bound to the prevalent rules and beliefs.
Actually, what you see on the label is Cyanocobalamin - you should mention this so people don't get confused. I agree though that you do not want to take this form of B12. Stick with methylcobalamin. You should also have mentioned the specific type of test to take which can correctly identify the amount of B12 in your body. A doctor may actually give you the wrong test not knowing any better themselves.
SERIOSLY - All vegans need to supplement B12 ALLLLLLLLL --- Find real sources for information - GO TO A registered dietician before you listen to stuff like this
your body doesn't utilize the b12 your body produces -- and the only way you're getting enough from vegetables that are grown in rich soil... is... by eating the soil - you get some from not rinsing your fruit and veggies --
For all the negative commmenters who OBVIOUSLY did not LISTEN to anything Kristina said, she CLEARLY states to 1) Get checked for deficiency 2) Supplement if necessary! She says to take supplements! At NO POINT does she EVER state that nobody should ever supplement B12 in ANY FORM! She says the complete opposite... Are all these people just trolls for hire?? Obviously they have some reactionary emotional issues that they should do some deep soul cleansing with, because all and all what is one person in the billions of issues going on in the world?? Go leave hateful comments on NON VEGAN lifestyle promoters videos, quit wasting your life trying to trigger people here....
The two types of b12 are methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin. Cobalamin is b12 and the word before it is what it’s bound to for absorption, cobalamin is made from the chemical compound cobalt naturally in the body. One is methylated for easy absorption the other is cobalamin bound to cyanide. Yeah true story. Methyl for me please thanks! She says one of the two forms is just cobalamin but she means cyanocobalamin.
I'm glad you recommend testing, it'd be foolish in the extreme to go fully raw and not check that from time to time. I don't believe a word Doug Graham says so I'm going to just supplement once in a while. Watched a video of a young woman that went to one of his extended fasting retreats, got a bacterial infection and was denied medial treatment over and over, and told to just push through it. She thought she was just failing, and was so bought into the cult she didn't use her sense. She almost died and he was total ass to her, wouldn't give her money back. Total shithead
Do your research. Not spending 5 minutes on Google. You really don't have a grasp on your information. There is far more to B12 and B12 deficiency than you are stating. And what you recommended is expensive junk that will not help you. Live a Vegan life without compromising your Health.
Hi Christina please checkout this video and research natural ways to consume B12 this video has many natural options to get B12. It also talks about how you only need to consume so much B12 therefore taking supplements can be harmful and in my opinion not natural. https://youtu.be/4BLjAi9gXG0
He lists natural altunatives that are high in B12 like: Buckwheat powder, Spelt, Nutritional yeast, Wheat grass, Sunflower seeds, lentils, breast milk is very high in B12 as well so if you are going vegan with your kids you should be breastfeeding them for at least 2 years or formula to reach the requirements for nutritional value for your kids. Bottom line is dirt and soil is good for us I honestly don't even wash my organic produce because of this. Another fact that I have learned is that soil and plants are the only sorce of B12 any yogurt cheese meat from animals that are stated to be high in B12 is from recycled B12 soil and plants they consume. Meaning a vegan diet should be the best sorce to get B12. You don't have to have a deficiency or take supplements. Eat what you need naturally because the soil has been manipulated. Eat natural foods high in B12.
Kristina u r a dangerous woman talking all kinds of stuff and not really knowing what you are even talking about. Promoting stuff that isn't even possible like changing ur eye colour as a result of a raw food diet.. think about what you are doing allot of people look up to you whilst you keep on providing them with wrong information.
She has said go and get a blood test.. there is nothing wrong in what she is saying..All she is saying is that you may not be B12 deficient..She is not putting anyone's life in danger and she's only speaking of her own experiences.. She is also giving advice on the best type of B12 to take if you are deficient
Please guys watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4aWuVtVamk
All you have to do is take b12 supplements! It is 100% safe, however there are so many risks in relying on stores of b12 or your colon, and even tests which can be inaccurate. This woman's anecdotes are not proof, make your own decisions. Also these doctors are clearly relying on some extremely rare things because all studies I find say b12 is not produced in your body.
"B12" really isn't a vitamin but they call it one, can naturally be produced by micro organisms in the liver, as long as you do not eat anything processed. Such as eating only whole foods. fruits, vegetables and (optional) animal products. By adding any sugar, oil, or other processed things to your food it can not allow "b12" to be absorbed and used in the liver thus making you deficient. Study shows that 60% of Americans are defecient.
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So dangerous! Do yourself a favour and watch Unnatural Vegan before listening to this gullible ignorant rant. Earth, yes - plants, yes - cruelty free and healthy living - YES, but please let's use our brains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4aWuVtVamk
Human body CAN PRODUCE and absorb vitamin B12. Check study "Vitamin B12 synthesis by human small intestinal bacteria" with following abstract: "In man, physiological amounts of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) are absorbed by the intrinsic factor mediated mechanism exclusively in the ileum. Human faeces contain appreciable quantities of vitamin B12 or vitamin B12-like material presumably produced by bacteria in the colon, but this is unavailable to the non-coprophagic individual. However, the human small intestine also often harbours a considerable microflora and this is even more extensive in apparently healthy southern Indian subjects. We now show that at least two groups of organisms in the small bowel, Pseudomonas and Klebsiella sp., may synthesise significant amounts of the vitamin." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7354869
5 years ago, when I started a Raw Vegan diet, my B12 was very low (probably I was deficient in the first place). It was only 126. I had tingling fingers, foggy head and I had very difficult time to concentrate. I took different B12 pills supplements, but nothing helped me, until I tried to eat SWEET CABBAGE. I eat it raw without processing or mixing it with anything else. Just take it and eat it. I felt so much better!!! My anaemia was gone! Since that time I had never took any vitamins supplementations, including B12. I live active live. I run 5k every day and I have long runs 20-30k each Sunday.
According to this study, and my personal experience, you should not have any vitamin problems if you eat raw greens and fruits, and avoid preservatives, drugs, acids and other chemicals that can damage lumen of your intestine, because vitamin production and absorption takes place in lumen!
Do you know what symptoms work as a signal before it gets serious, meaning: oh this is happening, I should better take some supplements or eat some eggs?
I am deficient, but did not do anything about it for 1 year. I will have my blood checked, because it has been 2 years that I am eating 99% raw (had some craving lately and did eat processed food). You reminded me that B12 deficiency build up over time and can have severe consequences.
I got very sick about 15 years ago when I was 30... low and behold I had pernicious anemia. It's an autoimmune condition where you can't absorb B12 via the stomach. I was not even close to being vegetarian then let alone vegan at that time so it can happen to meat eaters for sure. I've been having B12 injections over the past 15 years and my B12 levels have been up and down and all over the place. I can tell you that when I was first diagnosed I went from barely being able to walk 20 meters to my Drs appointment without sitting down to rest to fully running because I was a bit late in 1 week after having 3 B12 injections that week. B12 is very important and you should always base any treatment, supplement etc on blood tests.
I eat mostly plant based. The only animal products I eat are a) eggs, but only if they are local, like from someone's own ducks or chickens, and b) wild sardines (in the can). These two foods will ensure you not only get a more that adequate natural source of Cobalamin, but they also contain the added benefits EPA and DHA, and other essential amino acids.
The people who unfortunately have an environment in their bodies that no longer produces B12, have created this deficiency through lack of ingesting it. Those who have then been forced to supplement through pill or injection after initially being deficient are doing even more damage by giving the body an artificial source of Cobalamin, which in turn as Kristina was saying, creates a dependency on the supplement to the point where one can no longer produce the required amount, if any at all. There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating some animal products, it is just choosing what to consume and what is the most sustainable. Even though we think we have separated ourselves from the eosystem of the earth, we must give our bodies their requirements and a realistic diet.
I've developped a vit b12 deficiency in a time when I didn't have enough money to eat. I was eating no meat, but I ate eggs, and dairy products (Now I don't eat dairy products because it makes me sick and I still don't eat meat) . In about 6 months I started to feel less sensitiveness in my fingers and my gum was bleeding. I was so tired and spots appeared on my face. People who saw me didn't say anything, but after I started taking b12 liquid and pills, my overal appearance changed dramatically for the best. My skin gained it's color back and I don't know my skin was really strange with the deficiency.
Then people I knew asked me if I had been ill a while ago.
I did not go to the doctor for that, but from now on I am very carefull with that. I take my b12 religiously, as I'm carefull not to disturb my body with dairy products.
This a great video and contains very good information. I wanted to add.. there was a women who was severely deficient in vitamin b12, and she was getting medical b12 injection shots very regularly but she remained deficient. She was recommended to take PROBIOTICs because they help the body make more b12 and the probiotics raised her b12 independent of her taking b12 shots. A Harvard medical study proved that taking probiotics help raise B12 vitamin levels in the body. I feel so bad when I see people investing money in B12 vitamin gummies or pills, when they probably aren't helping them at all. The soil based healthy raw foods are rich in probiotics naturally. Carrots are naturally coated with the soil based microorganisms that help your digestive tract, not the baby "cut up" carrots because they don't get the coating of microorganisms. Eating raw, healthy soil based foods will not leave you deficient in B12, or taking a quality soil based vegan probiotic will do the same for you.
Hello!, I am a little confused right now, I just bought your book and in the part of index table of vitamins and stuff it says that we actually need a suplements for the b12 (?) and in this video you said another thing
there are 4 types. methyl- adenosyl- cyano- and hydroxo- cabalamin. the first 2 are the active forms iin the body and cannot be converted by the body into each other. the 2nd two can be converted by the body into the 2 active forms. hope that helps
I just had Everything checked. They took 8 tubes of blood. Everything was perfect, except for vitamin D. If you live in the U.S. you are probably deficient in vitamin D. If you want to know the secret I use to make sure it is absorbed send $7,995.00 to Buster - that's me.
soy is an endocrine disruptor, the phytic acid leaches minerals from your body and contributes to nutrient deficiencies. Traditionally soy was fermented which significantly reduces the anti-nutrient properties but today's soy is nothing short of toxic.
+star seed Ruminant-animals can convert dietary-cobalt into B12, at adequate levels, to fulfill their B12 needs. Non-ruminant animals need a direct-source of B12.......... so some of these animals, eat other animals, that contain B12......other non-ruminant animals eat feces, bugs, eggs and dirt.
+Mo Yeah, I have read that Methylcobalamin is best utilized by the Human body. I think that if you are a Vegan and you are
open-minded enough to take B12, taking any B12 is MUCH better than taking nothing. Vegans who believe a lot of the myths/half-truths circulating around the internet/Youtube, about alternative ways to get B12.....do so at their own peril. PS: I am not Vegan.
Thank you for the response. I actually just bought some from Costco yesterday after looking at eight different choices I decided to go with nature's bounty because it had the best ingredients but its also a cyanocobalamin which people say to aviod compared to a methylcobalamin because cyanocobalamin is bound to a cyanide molecule. Any thoughts on this?
Why thank you darling that was an interesting lecture. I have been diagnosed as B12 deficient and will shortly under go injections. I'm kind of excited. I don't see it as a bad thing. It's a relief. Back in September 2013 I had a heart attack which lead to a double heart bypass but there were complications. I ended up in an induced coma for 17 days. During the operation I was revived a staggering 47 times and a further 44 times over the 17 days I was in a coma. I spent a total of 27 days in critical care. They say it's like having a second lease of life. For a while I felt better than I had for a long time but then I started to get weak. I was told that my heart will only ever operate at 20% due to all the scaring as to save my life I had laser surgery and they burnt off the tissue causing the arrhythmia which was why I spent those 17 days in a coma. Nothing the cardiologists did was working and the laser surgery was the last resort. Any how it wasn't until recently that I started to see a old Doctor who arranged a B12 blood test. I had seen other Doctors since my heart attack but this Doctor I guess was more tuned in. My sometimes blurred vision, my moods, which I thought was post operative depression, my lack of engery even though I had quit smoking. So yes this all took place over the past two weeks, the diagnosis I mean, so I'm looking forward to a better quality of life. I agree with all you have said. You were very good. Oh and lots and lots of warm loving hugs to you from South Australia xoxoxox
This video makes it really hard for me to decide whether or not to supplement b12. As you said, your body might stop producing vitamin b12, but, as you unfortunately didn't say, it takes about 20-30 years for your body to become deficient (due to re-absorption), which means just because I'm not deficient now, doesn't mean my body does get enough vitamin b12
My advice. Go speak to your Doctor and get tested. I tell you, from what I hear and have researched if you are B12 deficient then the cure will change your life in a good way. You'll go from a three cylinder to a V8. Being B12 deficient is a big thing. It affects a lot. Your making of red blood cells as an example but mainly how your body uses and processes protein intake. And remember a big factor is farming methods and how food is grown. Urea which is a common mass produced fertiliser is a bi product of oil. It's NOT good. Any how get tested is my advice. That's the first thing you need to do.
+Paula Afia Yeah, that is not a reliable way to get B12. And guess what.....the trace-amounts of B12 that you get on beets......that is mainly coming form FECAL-MATTER that was in the soil......best to avoid.
It takes much longer than 2 years to develop a B12 deficiency once one stops eating foods that contain B12. It can take approximately 7 years or more for some people. B12 is the only water soluble vitamin that the body retains for a very long time because it is so foundational for health. Be careful not to become deficient, it will wreck your health for years if not permanently.