The Run Down on Vitamin B-12
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B12 is known as the “memory vitamin.” We need it for mental clarity, healthy neurological function and to combat stress.† It is also necessary for proper red blood cell formation, for proper DNA synthesis, helping to create the sleep hormone melatonin and for the “mood” hormone serotonin†—among other things. No matter how much good stuff you’re eating, B12 is one vitamin that’s tricky to get entirely from whole foods. And it’s not because the diet is incomplete! It’s due to changes in our Western lifestyle and in how we source our food.
Since B12 comes from bacteria that thrive in our soil, you’d think we plant eaters would be getting more than our share… But now that our produce is so squeaky clean once it hits the market and our soil just isn’t as nutrient rich as it used to be– we’re no longer able to get as much B12 as we need.
When cows and other grazing animals munch on grass, they’re getting plenty of B12 – which is why grass fed meat eaters have an easier time of getting it (in addition to lots of other junk so don’t be too jealous, plus this B12 benefit definitely doesn’t apply to people eating factory farmed meat). Despite this, meat eaters still have to take a supplement because it isn’t guaranteed that they absorb all the B12 they need. And though we don’t need a ton of B12 – about 2 micrograms daily –it’s essential that we get it since long-term B12 deficiencies are irreversible, potentially affecting the brain and nervous system.
For this reason, I’m so excited about mykind Organics B12 spray! It’s clean: non-GMO verified, certified organic, and free of synthetic ingredients. Plus, it tastes delicious… Bear is obsessed with it, he thinks it’s candy! And since it’s a spray, it’s not only super easy to use but it also activates the salivary glands more effectively, allowing the vitamin to enter the bloodstream rapidly and efficiently. I used to take B12 every once an a while… when I was following recommended amounts I would have it about once a week. But since we made this spray, I take it almost every day cause it’s so easy and yummy!
You have the opportunity to win this mykind Organics B-12! I will be selecting 5 winners on Friday November 28th. To enter, leave me a comment below about what sparked your journey to plant based foods.
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