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Vitamin B-12

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Vitamin B-12 is one vitamin that is problematic in getting sufficient quantities in our bodies. Vitamin B-12 is made by microorganisms found in the soil and microorganisms in the intestines of animals, including humans. But the amount humans make is not adequately absorbed, so we need to consume B-12 in food. Unfortunately in the United States most of our agriculture takes place in lifeless soil. It has been destroyed by years of unnatural pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer use. So the plants grown in this soil and sold in our supermarkets lack B-12 as well as most other nutrients. The amount of organic soil in our country has shrunk dramatically as “factory farms” take over our soil and poison our world. Fertilizers add only a handful of nutrients out of the 100s which we find in organic soil. Raising cattle and chickens on whole foods and letting them fertilize the fields is the best way to get back to organic soil – but you must be organic throughout the whole process.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Thiamine is essential for converting the carbohydrates in foods into energy. It also plays a role in promoting healthy nerves and may be useful in treating certain types of heart disease. Vitamin B1 is often overlooked but a key member of the B-complex. Most people get enough thiamine in their diet for their basic needs, but experts believe that some older adults are mildly deficient. Thiamine is available as an individual supplement but it is best to get it from a B-complex supplement because it works closely with other B vitamins.

Thiamine converts carbohydrates in food into energy. It plays a role in promoting healthy nerves.

People with congestive heart failure (CHF) need thiamine to improve the pumping power of the heart. Thiamine levels in the body are depleted by the long-term treatment with diuretic drugs, which are often prescribed for CHF patients to reduce the fluid buildup.

In helping maintain healthy nerves, thiamine may minimize numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, which is often a problem with people who have diabetes or other diseases that cause nerve damage.

Along with choline and pantothenic acid (also B vitamins), thiamine can enhance the digestive process and provide relief from heartburn. Thiamine may also boost memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

If you don’t get enough thiamine it may go unnoticed, but it’s symptoms are irritability, weight loss, depression and muscle weakness. A severe thiamine deficiency causes beriberi, a disease that leads to mental impairment, the wasting away of muscle, paralysis, nerve damage and eventually death.

There are no adverse effects connected with high doses because the body eliminates it through the urine.

Lean pork is the best dietary source of thiamine, and then whole grains, dried beans, and seeds and nuts.