By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
October 02, 2013
- Feeling lost and confused?
- This vitamin deficiency reduces brain function
- A very simple and inexpensive solution
Today I received a phone call from a gentleman I met several weeks ago.
You may have read about his story in my Three Surprising Fixes for Fatigue article. He had recently visited his doctor because he felt drained of energy and didn’t feel like himself. Fatigue had set in and he wanted some answers.
His primary care physician sent him out for a bunch of unnecessary tests that didn’t provide any answers at all. So I told him about some of the tests I run on patients with similar symptoms.
Surprisingly, he went back to his doctor with a list of my suggestions and asked his doctor to run a few of the tests. And guess what?
It turns out he had a B12 deficiency!
He called to let me know the results and also to thank me for helping him “rediscover his true self.”
“You don’t know what this has done for me,” he said. “I didn’t even realize it, but I was losing my mind. Everything was fuzzy around the edges and all of my days were rolled into one – with little or no memory of what happened the day before. I was lost and confused without even knowing it!”
I have to admit. His call made me feel great – for about two minutes.
By the time the third minute rolled around I was already worrying about what could have happened to him if we hadn’t had a chance encounter… and what might be happening to folks I’ll never meet.
Let me explain…
You see, vitamin B12 deficiency is a disorder that often goes unrecognized and untreated here in the U.S. And it’s much more common than most people realize. In fact, almost two out of five adults have levels that are at or below the “low normal” range.
Now being at the low end of normal may sound perfectly acceptable. But it turns out people in this range may be at risk for neurological symptoms, including problems with memory and cognition.
In other words, even seemingly adequate levels of this nutrient can reduce brain function.
And like my new acquaintance it can leave you feeling tired, lost and confused. Maybe even experiencing mental deficiencies and “brain fog” you aren’t even aware of.
This is sad news for the elderly because it can hit them harder than most. Worse, it can lead to a mistaken diagnosis of dementia.
Unfortunately, this isn’t as uncommon as you might think. And a lot of the fault lies in modern medical practices which often fail to test for this type of deficiency.
But as reader of Advanced Natural Wellness, you’re going to get some pretty valuable information today.
I’m going to show you what’s causing this deficiency and just how easy it is to stop the “brain-drain” and revive your mental status.
And it’s a lot cheaper than you would think.
Unless you are a vegetarian you’re probably getting plenty of B12 in the foods you eat.
You’ll find it in beef liver, organ meats, beef, lamb, cheese and eggs. You can also get it from some seafood, such as clams, mussels, sardines and salmon.
But – you may not be absorbing it.
It all has to do with your stomach acid.
You see, you need plenty of hydrochloric acid to separate B12 from the proteins it’s bound to. And as we age, our bodies produce less of this important stomach acid.
And it’s not just age that puts us at risk. Taking acid-suppressing drugs like Prilosec, Nexium and Pepcid destroys hydrochloric acid.
Without hydrochloric acid, B12 can’ be separated from protein.
So it never gets absorbed into the small intestine for delivery to your cells. As a result, you don’t get the benefit. .
This is why I routinely test serum or urine methlymalonic acid to reveal B12 deficiency. (Normal values are 0.08 to 0.56 micromoles per liter.)
If you are deficient, the answer to your problem is surprisingly simple.
Just invest in a sublingual spray containing at least 2,500 mcg. of vitamin B12 and use it regularly throughout the day. This can quadruple your B12 levels in a matter of weeks.
The reason for this is pretty simple.
It turns out the vitamin B12 found in sublingual supplements isn’t bound to protein. Not the way food is. So the separation of B12 from protein never has to occur.
Simply put, it takes hydrochloric acid out of the equation. Sublingual B12 completely bypasses this process for quick absorption and delivery.
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