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What is Vitamin B12 Why does our body need B12 Ep 56


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What is Vitamin B12? Why does our body need B12?
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #56
 (running time 7:27)
Date: April 13, 2010
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of MeVIO Music Alley
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)

This episode examines:


What is Vitamin B12 and what does it do in our bodies?

How much Vitamin B12 should I take?

What happens if you are deficient in Vitamin B12?

Can you get enough Vitamin B12 in the foods you eat?


What's Dr. JJ taking today?

Dr. JJ is taking a Vitamin B12.  B12 is a water soluble vitamin.  There are different ways you can take B12 in a pill form, injected as a liquid or sublingually as drops.  Dr. JJ is taking it today as part of a B complex.  Dr. JJ puts many patients on a high potency B vitamin, as it helps with a lot of things including energy, fore women it helps PMS, menstrual cramps, regulating your period, helps with depression, acne.  Dr. JJ takes B12 for stress management.

Some patients get regular B12 injections.  B12is also called cobalamin and comes in 3 different forms.  The Methyl Cobalamin form of B12 works best for MS or other neurological disease. 

When you take a B complex, it is not abnormal for your urine to turn bright yellow about an hour after taking the supplement.  So don't worry if you have flourescent yellow pee.


Most people find that when they take a B vitamin that it helps them sleep, it doesn't seem to keep them up.  However, Dr. JJ does typically recommend that his patients take B Vitamins early in the morning, because it will give you more energy for the day.


Why should we take Vitamin B12?  Why is Vitamin B12 important for our bodies?

Vitamin B12 helps with stress and does a number of things in our bodies.

Vitamin B12 helps builds red blood cells, protect from certain forms of anemia, protect your DNA, fights cancer, it's a co-factor in a number of hormone conversions, B12 is a co-factor for thyroid and for seratonin.  For patients with MS (Multiple Sclerosis), it helps protect the myelin sheath around your nerves.

What is Dr. JJ's  recommended daily dose of Vitamin B12?

If you are in relatively good health, Dr. JJ recommends taking 400-800 micrograms/day (for a typical person, who consumes meat).  This is typically part of a B complex.

Vegetarians tend to be deficient in B12, so they need about 1,000 micrograms/day

What happens if you are deficient in Vitamin B12?  How do you know if you are deficient in Vitamin B12?

If you are deficient in B12 you may experience;

  • fatigue
  • anemia
  • thyroid issues

Certain medications may deplete your vitamin B12 levels. You should definitely consult with a doctor or a naturopath to address this.

Can you get enough Vitamin B12 in the foods you eat?  How can I get Vitamin B12 in my diet naturally?

There are not a lot of non-animal sources of B12, which is why vegetarians tend to be deficient.  

The best food sources of Vitamin B12 include:

  • some seaweeds
  • meat in general, but it's highest in organs (liver, kidneys)
  • dairy
  • eggs



It's always best to consult with a healthcare practitioner before trying a new approach.  If you would like to find an alternative healthcare practitioner to help you address a health issue, you can find a naturopath, holistic nutritionist and other practitioners in your community through the Find a Practitioner link on our website

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