Saturday, August 02, 2008

B12 for the Brain and Central Nervous System

I have been spending time organizing my medications and vitamins. I figured this was a good time to mention the importance of vitamin B12. Previous research indicated B12 and folic acid, another B vitamin helps maintain our brain and might help fend off Alzheimer's disease.

The lack of B12 could diminish cognitive function, so make sure you are eating properly and if you are a vegan, consider sublingual B12 supplements. Try to remember that older people have trouble absorbing B12.

B12 can be found in oysters and other mollusks, fish, meat, eggs and milk. You can take sublingual B12 supplements which dissolve under the tongue for better absorption. There are other factors to consider, people who don't make enough stomach acid or intrinsic factor become anemic and need to have B12 shots or large amounts of vitamin B12 as pills or tablets. I remember my PCP offered me B12 injections. They can be expensive which is why I decided to change my diet and take B12 supplements.

Lastly, researchers found that people with depression responded better to anti-depressants if they had higher blood levels of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is also important for our metabolism and central nervous system.

I hope and pray this information has helped someone today.

Fibro Viv


Maartje van Hoorn said...

hello there!

I just noticed a link to one of my blogs is on your site. Thank you so much!

Speedcat Hollydale said...

Good advice for everyone. Great nutrition examples Viv :)

Hi from Speedy

Fibro Viv said...

Hello Speedy,

Thank you. I just realized I have to click on publish this comment? I have never had to do that. Oh well...

Have a great week my friend:)


Fibro Viv said...

Hello Maartje,

Not a problem, you have a site worth adding to my blogroll, hope you have a terrific week:)

Peacock and Paisley said...

It's absolutely amazing how all of this works together, isn't it? Do you have any info on how to boost production of stomach acid through natural means? I've come across info that Vitamin B3 really helps, but have been wondering if there was more, what mechanism coming "before" the acid itself might be stimulated and what that involves.

Fibro Viv said...

A balanced diet and stress reduction is essential in the prevention of acid reflux attacks. There are highly-effective, safe alternatives to antacids or prescription medications. An aid in digestion and to help neutralize stomach acid, use Organic Bitter Herbs. For instance try about one cup of steamed mustard or dandelion greens to boost enzyme production. Use only one serving per day.

I will write a post today on the topic. Thanks for asking.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

dandelion greens ... really??

How interesting!

Fibro Viv said...


Yes dandelion greens, read my newest post.

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