Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Importance of Vitamin B-12

The last few weeks I've been feeling a little spacy, out of it, and I couldn't focus on my work. I felt like I was losing my mind, and couldn't figure out what the problem was. I've been taking Vitamin D, and didn't think I was depressed, but I felt like something wasn't quite right.

For some reason I started thinking about the B vitamins, and that I hadn't been taking any for a couple of years. Since I stopped eating meat almost 2 years ago, and have been eating a lot more fruits and veggies, I figured I was getting enough vitamins from my food. I did a search on B vitamin deficiencies and symptoms, and the list had about 20 things on it, most of which I was feeling or experiencing. Could it be that I was deficient in B vitamins, especially B-12? 

So I did the most logical thing to get the quickest answer: I called 'Doctor K', I mean Kendra. I asked her if she was taking any B vits, and she said "of course, I take liquid Vit B-12 complex every day".

Again, info that would have been good like maybe 2 years ago!!!

So after I stopped yelling at her, I asked her what brand she takes... she uses Solgar brand drops. I went to Sunny Farms in Sequim and they have NOW brand, so I got the B-12 Ultra drops. NOW Foods - Ultra B-12 per Teaspoon 5000 mcg. - 4 oz. I started taking the drops right away, and didn't really feel anything for about 3-4 days. I take it first thing in the morning, about 1 teaspoon, and I hold it under my tongue for about 30 seconds before swallowing it.

So it seems that this may have been the problem... I'm feeling much less cranky and moody, and I can actually focus on my work again. I have to say that I still sometimes feel that I'm losing my mind, but I think it's manageable now, and not overwhelming.

We all have a lot of stress in our lives just to survive, but if you feel that you can't handle it, you should do some investigating, maybe visit a doctor and get a blood test done, and see if Vitamin B-12 and the other Bs may be what you need to feel good again.

It really helped me... take care, Marti :)

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