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Acai. The #1 “superfruit” in the world. Loaded with powerful antioxidants, healthy fatty acids, dietary fiber and more. Bolstered with Pomegranate… adding to this powerhouse formula of health benefits for you

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Vitamin B-12 - All you need to know

Every vitamin and nutrient is important to a healthy body. One vitamin, Vitamin B-12, is extremely necessary to proper brain and nervous system functioning. Vitamin B-12 has been called the “energy vitamin”.  It plays an important part in blood formation, as well as having an active role in healthy cell metabolism and energy production. B-12 is needed to make red blood cells. These are the cells that carry oxygen through the body.  To maintain healthy muscle tone, and a strong immune system, you must have an adequate amount of this vitamin in your body. Other benefits include stress relief, fighting depression and combating cardiovascular disease.

This vitamin is found in many food sources and is released from the food by hydrochloric acid during digestion. It is then absorbed into the bloodstream. Vitamin B-12 does something a little unusual. It stays in the body for several years. Because the body stores this vitamin, it is quite rare to see a deficiency. Some people, however, are unable to absorb the vitamin due to pernicious anemia. This blood abnormality is a type of anemia caused by the inability of the body to break down and absorb Vitamin B-12. Supplements of the vitamin must be given intramuscularly or orally.

 Vitamin B-12 is not manufactured by any plants. It is only found in animal products. Vegetarians and/or vegans must also make sure that they are receiving enough Vitamin B-12 in their diets or take supplements. Foods that are high in Vitamin B-12 are turkey, tuna, liver, dairy products and eggs. Other items known to have elevated levels of the vitamin are yogurt, shellfish, and fortified breakfast cereals. Vegetarians and vegans do not eat meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy foods. Because many of these food items are major sources of the needed vitamin, you can see why they would be at risk for a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. They may find themselves at risk to heart disease, stroke or miscarriage if they are lacking this essential vitamin.

Symptoms of a Vitamin B-12 deficiency are feeling tired or weak, paleness, sore tongue, upset stomach, bleeding gums, weight loss, constipation or diarrhea. More serious symptoms may be present if one’s B-12 level has been low for a lengthy time. You may then see symptoms such as depression, mental confusion, poor balance or numbness in your fingers or toes. Your physician will perform blood tests to discover if you are suffering from anemia and will treat you accordingly.

Others at risk for deficiency are the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from liver or kidney diseases or some forms of cancers. One item of interest is that Vitamin B-12 causes disorientation and confusion, mimicking Alzheimer’s.  Also, some Alzheimer patients have been found to have unusually low levels of B-12 in their systems. Individuals affected with intestinal disorders such as celiac disease (intolerance to a protein named gluten), Crohn’s disease, and Inflammatory Bowel disease have problems absorbing Vitamin B-12 because the nutrient absorption of B-12 occurs in the small intestines.  More attention needs to be paid to this crucial vitamin by those consuming alcohol or regularly taking antacids or laxatives

A recent article by Robynne Boyd, WebMD Health News, talks about a recent study done at the University of Oxford in England. The study suggests that Vitamin B-12 may protect the elderly from brain volume loss. Researchers checked B-12 levels in 107 people with no reasoning or memory troubles. The average age of those participating in the study was seventy-three. MRI’s were conducted on each of these individuals, as well as other tests and physical exams. No one was found to have B-12 deficiency and researchers discovered that the higher the B-12 levels, the less brain shrinkage was found. 

 Of special significance to baby boomers is the fact that about 30 percent of those over the age of 50 may be unable to absorb Vitamin B-12 from food. This is because they may have atrophic gastritis, which is a chronic inflammation and tissue destruction affecting the mucosal lining of the stomach. This condition can cause a Vitamin B-12 deficiency that can be alleviated by adding fortified foods or dietary supplements to your diet. People over the age of 50 often produce less stomach acid, which is necessary in B-12 absorption. Dietary supplements will help avoid damage to the nervous system that would occur if the body’s supply of B-12 were depleted for a length of time.

Viva! Acai™, by the makers of Synflex America, is a great way to get your daily intake of Vitamin B-12. 


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