09-08-2007, 10:45 PM
Recently after visiting my HCP, my blood levels of homocysteine were way off. He told me to take 1,000 mg methylcobalamine B-12, but in shopping for this I notice that all the natural brands are cyanocobalamine. Anyone know what the difference is, and why he would want me to take the methyl rather than the cyano? Would it be better to take the sublingual stuff that Gabriel Cousens sells? I'm feeling really run down and would like to get on this ASAP! Thanks.
09-09-2007, 12:24 AM
Here's a website that explains well the difference between the 2 forms of vitamin B-12: cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin.
According to my own research, although animal and dairy products are a source of vitamin B-12, the natural soil microbes and bacteria found on wild food, unwashed garden plants, in earthy soil and also those supplied by plant fermentation, are typically adequate to supply some vitamin B-12 needs. The natural microbes and bacterias in the soil need to be duplicated and colonize in our intestinal tract for optimal absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste without excessive fermentation or internal putrefaction. Vitamin B-12 is produced by these natural microbes and bacteria as they colonize the intestines. The best source of these organisms is wild, unwashed food.
Interestingly enough, studies have shown that those eating a typical diet of animal products actually require more vitamin B-12 than those who do not eat animal products. This is because the typical diet leads to digestive atrophy. Raw-food vegans with powerful digestion, actually get more vitamin B-12 by reabsorption from the bile (liver secretions into the duodenum) than they do from external food.
Studies by Dr. Victor Herbert reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that only 0.000000035 ounces (1 microgram) of vitamin B-12 are required per day. This minimum vitamin B-12 requirement is inadequate to explain the needs of well nourished individuals with strong digestion who require even less vitamin B-12 due to excellent gastric strength, enzymatic activity and a high ability to recycle vitamin B-12.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a long-term raw-food vegetarian, has included an excellent discussion of vitamin B-12 in his book Conscious Eating and on the internet. Dr. Cousen feels that a vitamin B-12 deficiency, which is rare, is typically caused by a lack of absorption in the intestinal tract or a dietary lack of the vitamin. A link seems to be present between weak digestion and vitamin B-12 assimilation.
Further more, getting some soil microbes into your body is very important according to Annie & Dr. David Jubb in Secrets Of An Alkaline Body: stating that ”You can receive help virtually overnight for: seizures, diabetes, arthritis, pneumonia, Parkinson’s disease and immune challenges by simply ingesting some soil-born organisms. People have lived in such a sterile antiseptic environment that these necessary symbiotic organisms have been less than present in their diet… By ingesting soil-born organisms, you maintain an enormous reservoir of un-coded antibodies ready to transform specific pathogens… Iron metabolic challenges are solved by living the way Nature intended, occasionally eating a little dirt…” ;)
If wild unwashed food is not available, supplementing a stricly vegetarian diet is recommended. Vitamin B-12 can be stored in the body for up to 5 years.
B-12 supplement is best absorbed sublingually (letting it dissolved under the tongue) instead of swallowing it. :p
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