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Vitamin B12 Deficiencies Rising - A Neuroligical Problem Leading to Vascular, Cognitive and Bone Health Discorders.

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B12 DEFICIENCY - Why It Matters

Once nearly unheard of in "wealthy" countries this deficiency was relegated primarily to third world countries - due to diet.  Now Vitamin B12 deficiency is firmly on the radar of the medical establishment.  Skyrocketing rates in the wealthier countries and reaching 50% in certain sub-dietary categories.  And why does B12 matter? 

The symptoms of sub-clinical B12 deficiency are subtle and often not recognized. The long-term consequences of B12 deficiency may include adverse effects on pregnancy outcomes, vascular, cognitive, bone and eye health.

Severe vitamin B12 deficiency is linked to neurological disorders and can lead to deep depression, paranoia and delusions, memory loss, incontinence, loss of taste and smell, and more.

Why vitamin B12 is important?
The human body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, nerves, DNA, and carry out other functions. Like most vitamins, B12 isn't made by the body. Instead, we must get our B12 through food or supplements.
Most people don’t consume enough vitamin B12 to meet their needs, while others can’t absorb enough, no matter how much they take in. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is sadly a booming problem.  
Vitamin B12 is found only in animal foods, i.e., eggs, meat, dairy.  Also found in synthetic vitamins which must be taken in higher concentrations due to lower absorption rates.  
Without enough B12 you may find yourself experience lethargy, weakness, brain fog and even pernicious anaemia.  Pernicious anaemia is a form of B12 deficiency resulting in the body's inability to make enough healthy blood cells.  
Those who do not eat enough meat or dairy are especially susceptible if they do not supplement.   In India, a primarily vegetarian country, B12 deficiency is 80% amongst elementary aged children.  
How to combat b12 deficiency?  Liver is one of the best food sources for Vit B12.  Additionally liver is high in retinol, the active form of Vitamin A.   Liver is also high in heme iron, the type of iron the body requires for healthy blood and is most readily absorbed by the body.  
Best of the Bone organic beef liver capsules (180 capsules) are a high density organic source of B12, Vitamin A, B6 (Pyridoxal (the animal and active form of B6), Vitamin K2, choline, CoQ10 (a must if on statins).  Absorbed at an even higher level with a cup of Best of the Bone bone broths - thanks to the gelatin and the good fats that help the body absorb the fat soluble vitamins. 
VITAMIN A Deficiencies 
Best of the Bone beef liver capsules can also help address Vitamin A deficiency. 
Healthy Vision, immune system, cell growth are all dependent upon Vitamin A.   A vitamin that works in concert vitamin D, K2, magnesium and zinc - without which it cannot perform its functions.  Nature has ensured that beef liver has the bioavailable form of Vitamin A, retinol, as well as Vitamin D, K2, and magnesium.  

"Vitamin A"  is actually a reference to several related nutrients that can be divided up into two main categories:

  • Retinoids (aka retinol), the bioavailable forms of vitamin A found in animal foods
  • Carotenoids, previtamin A found in plant foods

Retinol, found in animal foods like liver, meat, bone broth and eggs is the type of Vitamin A our body can readily absorb. Eating carotenoids (pre-vitamin A) from plant sources, your body must convert the carotenoids into bioavailable retinol. If your the picture of health this shouldn't be a problem.

However, a number of factors can inhibit your body's ability to absorb carotenoids and convert them into retinol (Vitamin A).

This includes genetics, digestive problems, alcohol use, certain medicines, toxic exposures, and medical conditions that interfere with the digestion of fat (including Crohn's disease,  pancreatic enzyme deficiency, and gallbladder and liver disease).

Most People Cannot Convert Carotenoids into the Active Form of Vitamin A

In a majority of people, the carotene-to-retinol conversion is severely compromised, and in some it may be quite negligible. This is particularly true for infants, diabetics, and those with compromised bile production.  Did you know that Vitamin A is a strong antidote for the measles and many other childhood diseases.

Additionally, the body's ability to convert carotenoids into bioavailable vitamin A  depends on your diet. If you're on a low-fat diet, your conversion rate is virtually guaranteed to be inadequate.

While carotenoids are water-soluble, you still need healthy fats to promote efficient conversion of carotenoids to retinol. As explained in one 2004 study:

"[P]rovitamin A carotenoids are converted to retinal by beta-carotene-15,15'-dioxygenase. The enzyme activity is expressed specifically in intestinal epithelium and in liver.

The intestinal enzyme not only plays an important role in providing animals with vitamin A, but also determines whether provitamin A carotenoids are converted to vitamin A or circulated in the body as intact carotenoids.

We have found that a high fat diet enhanced the beta-carotene dioxygenase activity together with the cellular retinol binding protein type II level in rat intestines...

Thus, the bioavailability of dietary provitamin A carotenoids might be modulated by the other food components ingested."  Journal of Nutrition:

So, what food or foods can help provide a high quality Vitamin A and Vitamin B.  We know beef liver is one.  And bone broth, especially a bone broth such as Best of the Bone which is higher in marrow and collagen and essential fatty acids.  Those fatty acids increase the absorption of the fat soluble nutrients and micronutrients in your diet. 
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