View Full Version : Not your typical B12 question.
05-20-2005, 01:22 PM
Has anyone ever heard of a person having too much B12 in their bodies? Aparently my DF does. In the past, when he has something that is high in B12 (a protein shake for example) he breaks out in hives or just a plain old rash. It took them a good few years and many blood tests to figure this out. So we were on the watch for SAD things that had B12. He's 90% or more raw so we don't have much trouble with that at the moment.
It's just a very curious thing. And I know that his mother is the same way. (Fascinating.) Does the body produce its own? Anyone ever heard of such a thing?
05-20-2005, 01:26 PM
I have read a few times, that the body might produce small amounts of B12 in a healthy digestive system. :)
05-20-2005, 01:30 PM
My understanding is that the body DOES NOT produce B-12, and that the only real source of B-12 is in animal products (whey, meat, etc.). This is why vegans that are prone to anemia should probably take a B-12 supplement (like me; its about the only vitamin I take besides a D vitamin). There is no raw food, to my knowldge, that is high in vitamin B-12. Otherwise, I would be eating more of it and your DH would be staying away from it!
But, someone please correct me if I am wrong. This is just what I have read and what I have been told by my doctors.
05-22-2005, 12:47 AM
Actually, root veggies, if not scrubbed too much, have B12. I think I read that. B12 is like.... yeasty... So it's created by bacteria (which is a scary statement about meat, huh?). So, for example, I believe that someone with Candida would have a high B12.
Fortunately, DF doesn't have Candida or yeast trouble that we know of. But we'll be toying with that in the future. And, before going raw, he didn't do a whole lot in the way of meat.
05-22-2005, 08:42 AM
How about cut out the protein shakes?! :D
You're right, B-12 comes from bacteria in soil.....are you sure that it's B-12 that he's overdosing on and not something else? Having too much B-12 is not good, but I don't think that would be his case. You can have a test done to see how much B-12 he has. (I think it's like $70).
05-23-2005, 09:14 PM
I'm sorry it took me so long to respond... Been kinda flaky lately. :o
It is, indeed B12... or rather I should say B12 supplements. A B12 supplement would set it off. In any case, he had a test and it appears that, since going raw, his B12 has gone down to the level of a normal man. I guess he's getting enough. ;)
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