Today I’m talking all about Vitamin B12 people.
I’m talking about this vitamin today because I feel like crap! It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon, my mouth is full of ulcers and I’m ready to put my head down on the table and sleep…..forever!
I haven’t felt like this in a very long time, which led me to look through my food journal (which I do out of pure curiosity – it’s amazing how often food amnesia hits!) to see where I might be “dropping the ball” so to speak. One of the big things I noticed straight off the bat was my lack of protein. Red meat, specifically. It’s not something that I’ve done consciously, the not eating it part, however my journal shows I haven’t eaten any in a such a long time – a fact that really surprised me (God, I love food journaling!). It’s not like I use to eat a whole cow each week, but I would usually see it on my plate a few times each week – not sure why that’s stopped?!
So of course this got me thinking, and thinking led me to researching, and researching has led to this little post.
A powerhouse of a nutrient that helps to keep our nerve and blood cells healthy and happy. Fending off chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue, depression and brain fog as well as boosting our mood whilst supporting our memory, heart, skin, hair and digestion.
Did you know that being deficient in vitamin B12 can actually result in hypothyroidism symptoms?
Did you also know that studies have shown many of us with hypothyroidism are actually B12 deficient?
You see, our thyroid relies on a variety of B vitamins to function and B12 happens to be the transporter of iodine (from the food we eat) to the thyroid gland to help it produce thyroid hormones (see more on iodine here). It is also needed for our bodies to produce the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which then signals our thyroid to produce more hormones. As you can see – crucial!
It seems that animal foods are the best food source of vitamin B12, including organic grass-fed meat and dairy products, organic pasteurised eggs, wild-caught fish, organic poultry and organ meats. According to the NIH, plant foods do not naturally contain vitamin B12 unless they are synthetically fortified, like in nutritional yeast.
Compared with other vitamins, we don’t need a large amount of vitamin B12 — but we do need to replenish our supply almost daily, as B vitamins are water-soluble and so are flushed out of the body quite easily.
Needing to replenish your B12 supply? How about one of these little recipes to get you started . . .