Are You Starving Your Brain of This Vital Nutrient?
If you’ve been feeling drained of energy, mentally “foggy,” achy or just plain irritable, you may be literally starving your brain of a critically important nutrient. And if you don’t take steps to correct this nutritional deficiency right away, the consequences could be severe.
Studies show that a shocking number of Americans over age 50 have dangerously low levels and may be headed down the path to cognitive impairment without realizing it.[1,2]
It’s a health risk that affects millions, yet doctors miss it far too often. That means it’s critical for you to recognize the early warning signs and take swift action before it’s too late.
Please keep reading, because cutting-edge scientific research shows that by simply replenishing your levels of just one basic nutrient, you can dramatically boost your energy levels and effectively banish brain fog starting in just 48 hours.
The Serious Health Risk Many Doctors Miss
Many people get truly frustrated when they go to their doctor looking for answers, and are told nothing is wrong. But your doctor may be overlooking a deficiency in one vital nutrient that can have an incredibly dramatic impact on both your physical and mental health – vitamin B12.
According to a report in the Harvard Health Newsletter, low B12 is the most common nutrient deficiency in the U.S., impacting millions of older adults.
But it’s not just the elderly who are affected. Data from the highly regarded Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggests that 40% of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have B12 levels in the low-normal range — a range at which many experience neurological effects, memory problems, difficulty concentrating and other changes.
Personally, I find this data extremely alarming. You should too.
A B12 Deficiency Can Undermine Your Health in Just About Every Way Imaginable
It’s extremely important to understand that a B12 deficiency is not to be taken lightly. It goes beyond your brain. The fact of the matter is, it can undermine your health in just about every way you can imagine.
This is because B12 is one of the primary building blocks your body uses to produce DNA in red blood cells. It’s also pivotal in the most basic cellular processes involved in energy production, which is why it’s popularly known as the “energy vitamin.”
B12 Helps Safeguard Against This Major Health Threat
Have you heard about the dangerous amino acid homocysteine?
Low B vitamin levels can cause your homocysteine levels to increase. As a result oxidative stress and inflammation can in turn increase in your arteries and blood vessels, throughout your entire body – including the ones in your brain.
As a result, your cardiovascular health, as well as your cognition, vision, and bone density, can suffer.[7-10]
Just how dangerous are high levels of homocysteine?
A meta-analysis published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journal evaluated 26 studies related to cardiovascular risk. Researchers found that every 5-point elevation in homocysteine levels resulted in a 20% increase in the risk of serious heart issues!
Another recent meta-analysis of 14 studies found an association between increased homocysteine levels and increased risk of cognitive decline.
And yet another study found an association between high homocysteine levels and poor cognitive performance on a number of tests including those related to verbal learning, visual memory and concentration.
In addition, low B12 levels and high homocysteine levels have been associated with mood disorders in older adults.
For all of the reasons above, I think you can understand why it’s so critical to make sure your B12 levels are up to par.
Another Way B12 Keeps Your Brain and Nervous System Healthy
Here’s another important way B12 supports optimal brain health — it helps to maintain the protective myelin sheath that covers nerve cells in your brain and throughout your central nervous system.
If you think of your brain and nervous system as a big tangle of wires, the myelin sheath is the insulation that protects those wires and helps them transmit information efficiently.
When this insulation starts to deteriorate, communication between the body and brain may be slowed or interrupted. It’s no different than a short circuit when electrical wires touch.
The good news is that studies in B12 deficient subjects show that restoring normal levels of B12 helps reduce nerve-related symptoms, including numbness, tingling, weakness, and balance and muscle coordination issues.
Why Is B12 Deficiency So Disturbingly Common?
As I frequently explain to my newsletter readers, the reason so many people end up B12 deficient usually has nothing to do with their B12 intake. Rather, the culprit is their ability to absorb B12 from the food you eat.
As you get older, the lining of your stomach can gradually lose its ability to produce hydrochloric acid, which you need to absorb B12 from food.
Other major factors that can contribute to B12 deficiency include digestive problems and the use of acid-blocking medications, which interfere with the body’s ability to absorb B12.
B12 Deficiency Can Strike Anyone, But You Are at Higher Risk If You:
✓ Are over the age of 45 ✓ Take acid-blocking medications
✓ Are a vegan or vegetarian ✓ Are or have ever been anemic
✓ Suffer from digestive problems ✓ Have low stomach acid
Why Do Doctors Miss B12 Deficiency So Often?
Doctors often miss B12 deficiency for two reasons. First, they don’t routinely test for it. Why? Well I’m still trying to figure that one out, since it’s a simple, low cost test. It should really be mandatory.
Second, the low end of what is considered “normal” is too low in my opinion which I share with many leading experts. In fact, it’s been well established that people with B12 levels between 200 pg/mL and 350 pg/mL (levels considered “normal” in the U.S.) have clear B12 deficiency symptoms.
It’s different in other countries that (perhaps not coincidently) have better health than we do overall. For example, in Europe and Japan, the lower limit for what is considered healthy is between 500-550 pg/mL.
Some experts have speculated that the acceptance of higher levels as normal in Japan and their willingness to treat levels considered “normal” in the U.S. explain the overall high level of cognitive health in that country.
Why the Right Form of B12 Is Key to Your Success
The best way to rapidly improve your levels of B12 is with a high quality supplement. But finding the right one is actually harder than you may think.
Here’s how I guide my readers — start by examining the label facts carefully, because too many B12 supplements are made with an inexpensive and less effective form of B12 called cyanocobalamin. The problem with this form of B12 is that it’s synthetic junk and your body wastes precious energy converting it to the natural, more usable form called methylcobalamin.
Instead, I suggest that anyone interested in supplementing with B12 use a supplement that contains 100% methylcobalamin delivered in a fast-dissolving lozenge form. Research has shown that supplementing with this active, natural form of B12 is much more effective.[20,21]
The only reason why more companies don’t use methylcobalamin B12 in their supplements is to save money and increase the profit margins. These companies are out to save money at the expense of your health, which is truly a shame.
Why take a chance? My readers deserve better, and so do you!
The B12 Supplement I Personally Recommend
In addition to my work with the Live in the Now Newsletter, I run a company called Stop Aging Now that has been producing premium-grade supplements for over 20 years.
Fed up with all the over-priced, low-quality options out there, I worked with our Scientific Advisory Board to create a better, more affordable option.
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Our goal in creating this formula was to offer a B12 product of superior quality at a reasonable price, so that no one has to suffer the consequences of a B12 deficiency.
I encourage you to shop around and do your own research to make sure I’m not just blatantly promoting my own product. But here’s why I am confident that MAX-B12 is simply the best option out there:
- It’s Powerful: Each tiny, pleasant tasting lozenge provides 5,000 mcg of vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, which is the ideal daily dose. So just one lozenge a day is all you need!
- It’s Fast Acting: A quick-dissolving lozenge ensures optimal absorption into the bloodstream, making it effective even for those who have trouble absorbing B12 from food. You will experience a rapid boost in your energy, mental clarity and mood.
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Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.