Peripheral neuropathy, which is characterized by sharp pain or numbing and tingling, affects people of all ages. But the cure isn’t some outlandish and expensive pharmaceutical medicine – it’s a vitamin found easily in fish or supplements. Patients suffering from a loss of muscular control, painful tingling, numbness and loss of sensation in their limbs don’t have to undergo invasive surgeries or take debilitating meds – they may be able to simply take high doses of Vitamin B12. This vitamin benefits many other diseases as well.
Our bodies need 13 different B vitamins, and B12 can be especially lacking. Most of us are already familiar with B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, and folic acid. But the B complex also includes vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), B12, biotin, PABA, choline, and inositol. These water-soluble vitamins are indispensable for good health.
What’s more, the high sugar diet that many Americans partake of also destroys Vitamin B12 in the intestinal tract.
As Natural Society previously reported, one UK doctor is a big fan of B12 – so much so that he has treated all kinds of illnesses with B12 shots. He fully documented his successes, but UK health officials were wary because he was giving inexpensive B12 injections to patients whose blood serum B12 levels were above 150, which the UK medical establishment considers normal.
Most of us don’t get enough B12 in our diets, though you can find it primarily in animal sources like seafood, shellfish, dairy, and meat. It also isn’t given its due credit in the medical establishment, as many vitamins and minerals don’t since they cannot be patented and sold as billion dollar drugs. But even a geneticist recently uncovered the ability of B12 to treat the rare disease that causes loss of muscle control in a toddler.
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center Director says that B12 might be one of the most important vitamins that you aren’t paying any attention to. One of the most obviously vital functions of the vitamins, as he points out, is its ability to promote the normal replication of DNA. Without B12, we cannot regenerate normal, healthy cells.
This means that even if you don’t have a full-blown disease like peripheral neuropathy, you will likely feel old before your time, excessively tired, anemic, dizzy, and irritable. You may also more frequently suffer from dementia as you age.
If you are vegan or vegetarian, it can be difficult to get enough B12. Try the following tips:
- Eat more meat, dairy, and seafood.
- Take one B12 supplement daily providing at least 10 micrograms
- Eat fortified foods two or three times a day to get at least three micrograms (mcg or µg) of B12 a day.
If you’ve been feeling sluggish, check that you are getting enough B12, and if not, supplement. Your renewed health will be testament to the miracle of this vitamin.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.