Do you wonder if you are deficient in vitamin B12?? Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram (http://www.fullyraw.com) brings it wonderfully to a point!
And this is what she says about it (and I do agree with her): "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!
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!"
I found this special supplement that does work (proven by my blood tests):
What is your experience with this (actually it's not a vitamin...) vitamin? Post it below - I'd be happy to hear from you!!