Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking

Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking

September 16, 2019 61 By Ewald Bahringer


“Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking” In terms of longevity, there’s one last supplement
to consider: Vitamin D. Who votes shorter life? Who votes the same life expectancy? Longer life? Vitamin D seems to be the only supplement
that can actually make us live longer. Before we start the next round,
I want to note the two vitamins that we can’t get enough of
from a healthy diet, and vitamin D is one of them. Vitamin D is made mostly
by animals, such as yourself— when you’re exposed to sunlight. The tiny amounts added
to cow’s milk or soy milk isn’t enough for optimal health. There are only two ways
to truly get enough— sun or supplements, and it
depends where you live. Basically, no matter how long you
sunbathe nude in December and January— in our nation’s capitol, for example— the sun’s rays are at such an angle
that we don’t make any vitamin D. So, the latest science supports
supplemental D during the winter if you’re above LA/Dallas/Atlanta— or, for anyone, anywhere,
any time not getting enough sun. All right, it’s time for a
lightning round question. Before I give you the question,
I’ll give you the answer. Anyone? Okay, the question is: what is the
only other vitamin not made by plants? Vitamin B12. It’s not made
by animals either, though. It’s made by little microbes,
bacteria that blanket the earth. These bacteria grow in the guts
of some of the animals people eat, and so their bodies can be sources
of B12 for those eating animals. We likely used to get all the
B12 we needed drinking out of mountain streams or well water, but now we chlorinate our water
supply to kill off any bacteria. So, we don’t get a lot of B12
in our water anymore; we don’t get a lot of cholera either! So, that’s a good thing. But in our sanitized modern world,
studies continue to show that those eating plant-based diets are simply
not getting enough vitamin B12. Is this really a problem? Let me review the medical literature on B12 deficiency just
over the last year. Keep in mind that it’s so easy to get B12, from either B12-fortified
foods or supplements. But like everything else,
you actually have to do it. This young vegetarian
woman’s toes turned purple. You can develop a polymorphic
maculopapular lesion. Her vitamin B12 deficiency
cause her nails to turn black, and her hair to turn white. She was given some B12 and you can see where her hair started
to grow back normally. B12 also evidently makes
you put on lipstick? But you can suffer cognitive decline,
or become suicidally depressed because of B12 deficiency, as this
23-year-old lifelong vegetarian did. This 38-year-old vegan was misdiagnosed
as a paranoid schizophrenic, and institutionalized because of the
hallucinations and psychotic delusions triggered by his B12 deficiency. As bad as all these examples are, though,
these folks were just hurting themselves. But not taking vitamin B12
during pregnancy is inexcusable. It can cause infantile
seizures, for example. Vegan babies should be a lot of things,
but floppy is not one of them. It is these negligent vegans that led
this year to an official pronouncement from the European Society
for Pediatric Nutrition: “Infants and young children should
not be fed a vegan diet,” they wrote. Now, what they should have said is,
make sure vegan kids get their B12. I mean Dr. Spock even told us to
raise our kids with no meat, no dairy. And the B12 recommendation
probably goes for everyone, not just those eating plant-based diets. New studies on the bioavailability of B12
suggest that animal products are not great sources after all. Less than 4% of the B12 in scrambled eggs,
for example, is actually absorbed, according to these new studies. In fact, in modern society,
only those eating fortified foods, like breakfast cereal or supplements,
seem to getting enough for optimum health. So, there’s been a renewed call
for all grain products in the U.S. to be fortified with B12,
like they already do in Israel— which could mean that by law, all bread, all pasta, would have
to be enriched with B12, and then, hopefully, we’d never have to
hear cases like this again.