"I recently tested [deficient] in Vit D and B12...but my doctor hasn't shown any interest in finding out why a healthy woman with a healthy lifestyle has those issues...and I reacted badly to B12 shot." J.D. in West Virginia
B12 helps you absorb calcium and phosphorous which is important for teeth and bones. But did you know if you test low for B12 the doctor may order a B12 shot that comes with a list of side effects like any other ordinary drug?
The side effects range from mild diarrhea and itching to muscle cramps, weakness and irregular heartbeat.
There are other ways to get vital B12 into your body. Topical creams are highly absorbable and they do double duty as they also (supposedly…) help make skin look younger.
The power of nutrients and their ability to make us look and feel younger is undenyable. The science is there. (“Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 2012 An Encapsulated Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate Increases Skin Microcirculation in Healthy Women.”)
I’ve personally seen fine lines disappear from around my eyes after doing intense juicing and I believe it had to do with the concentration of nutrients I was getting at the time. This might be how the B12 cream works as well. There are no side effects with B12 creams. They also cost only $20. A B12 shot can cost from anywhere from $20 to $77 depending on location.
Vitamin B12 reduces nitrous oxide which is known to cause inflammation and itching. Which is interesting because one side effect of the B12 shot is itching. It's amazing to me that the side effects of a drug are many times the same problem the drug is supposed to relieve in the first place.
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
- Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness.
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
- Pale skin.
- A smooth tongue.
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas.
- Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking.
- Vision loss.
You may have one or more of these symptoms but if you are deficient, take care of this ASAP. If you don't want the side effects of the shot, there is always the cream or even a patch, which is what I've been using.
I'm trying this B12 cream to see how my skin responds to it. It’s pure vanity, I admit! But there are those anecdotal testimonials on Amazon that state B12 plumps up the skin and softens wrinkles. I will let you know how it goes, but if you want to try it with me you can buy it on Amazon now. Let me know if it helps make your skin more beautiful!
There are other vitamin creams you can buy if you are not a pill taker. Or there’s the fact that weight loss surgery makes it difficult to get vitamins in. The creams are a great alternative for those that can’t do pills. My oldest daughter to this day has difficulty swallowing pills. I'm grateful for alternatives!
A majority of women test low for Vitamin D. I hear about it consistently. There are numerous reasons for Vitamin D deficiency, but the most common ones are being older because the skin doesn’t make vitamin D like the old days and obesity because the body fat binds to some of the vitamin D and prevents it from getting into the blood. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium which is vital for bones and teeth. If you are deficient like many of us are, that means you are not getting enough in your eating plan or you have absorption issues.
Eating these foods helps to get more vitamin D, but there are issues with contamination (hormones, plastics, etc.) in most of these foods:
- Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
I think I only feel safe with the mushrooms and an egg from hens I raise myself and feed organic feed and healthy scraps.
If you are not eating the foods high in vitamin D then the vitamin D creams are another option. An excellent vitamin D cream with vitamin K will support healthy teeth and bones and also help you if you bruise too easily.
It doesn’t end here, of course. Magnesium regulates calcium, potassium and sodium. Simply put, calcium needs magnesium in order to assimilate into the body.
However, when too much calcium is consumed and not enough magnesium is present, the body will pull magnesium out of body parts in order to assimilate. This will create a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency is very common even amongst those who supplement regularly.
The fact that so many people suffer from low thyroid function, it is not surprising magnesium deficiency is common. According to Dr. Raymond Peat, “...we can increase our consumption of magnesium, and to cause cells to absorb and retain the magnesium, we can increase our thyroid function.” Good thyroid function causes the body to retain more magnesium and when magnesium levels are adequate, a number of potential problems can be avoided.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include insomnia and other sleep disorders, heart disorders, high blood pressure, PMS, cravings for chocolate, backaches, constipation, kidney stones, accelerated aging, depression, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, irritability, risk of type 2 diabetes and more. Again, make sure your calcium supplement contains magnesium (a 21 ratio is good) and if you happen to be magnesium deficient, address it right away.
Pills not a problem?
Our calcium contains magnesium and vitamin D3 if you have no problems with pills. This is the purest form you can get and is the same coral calcium we use in our oral care products.
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