Feeling a little sluggish and low energy lately?
Many factors can contribute to fatigue, but none as well-known as low B-12. A slight deficiency of vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, mania and depression, while a long-term deficiency can cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system.
Vitamin B-12 can only be manufactured by our gut bacteria and is only found naturally in animal products. But fear not my vegetarian (and non-vegetarian friends), an easy and effective way to increase and maintain adequate levels is through supplementation. What you want to look for is the active form of B-12 called Methylcobalamin, and in a sublingual tablet that dissolves under the tongue. This sublingual lozenge delivers the quickest absorption into the body and does not require our digestive tract to assimilate it. It’s what we ABSORB, not what we eat, that determines our health. So if you find yourself with low energy and exhaustion, brain fog, impaired digestion, or are vegetarian, vitamin B-12 might be worth looking into.
Food Sources of B-12
Clams, Oysters, Mussels
Shellfish is a great source of B-12 and can be eaten raw, baked, steamed, fried or made into chowder. In addition to B-12, shellfish is also a great source of zinc, copper and iron.
Liver can be prepared steamed or fried with onions and herbs. The liver of any animal is packed with B-12, with highest levels found in lamb, beef, veal, turkey, duck and goose.
Raw yolk of chicken eggs contains the most B-12.
Common meat in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, East Asian, Australian and European cuisine, which also provides high amounts of protein and zinc.
Contains high amounts of B-12, protein, zinc and heme-iron.
Crab and Lobster
Can be eaten baked, steamed or in bisque; also great sources of zinc and protein.
While Mackerel provides the most B-12, all fish are high in healthy omega-3 fats, protein and zinc.