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Many people are focused on healthy eating—getting enough antioxidants, avoiding trans fats, limiting salt intake, and all those other things that can impact our health in a good or bad way.
And all that attention to detail can be exhausting! Unfortunately, we are going to make things even worse.
In addition to everything you are already thinking about, you should also pay close attention to your vitamin intake—especially vitamin B12.
Who Cares About B12?!
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient. Its primary responsibilities include maintaining the health of the circulatory and nervous systems.
It is very easy to become deficient in this nutrient. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products—like beef, pork, lamb, dairy products, eggs, etc. So, if you aren’t getting enough of those foods, you can quickly see a decline in your overall health.
Since B12 is responsible for things like our nerves, brain and blood, you can image how detrimental a deficiency is! Early-stage symptoms are mild but left unchecked, a deficiency can lead to mania, depression, suicidal thoughts, trouble walking, heart disease and more.
A deficiency sounds scary, right? Few of us would choose those side effects! Therefore, it is important to get enough foods rich in vitamin B12.
Here are some fun and tasty ways to infuse B12 into your diet.
Goose Liver Pate
In addition to several other key vitamins and minerals, one tablespoon of goose liver pate contains nearly one fifth of your recommended daily value of vitamin B12.
Emu steak is both tasty and low in fat. Just a few ounces of this meat will supply more than enough of your daily requirement for vitamin B12.
Next time you’re cooking turkey, make sure you don’t get rid of the liver. It contains very high amounts of vitamin B12 and even larger doses of vitamin A.
Eating caviar isn’t simply a way to make yourself feel fancy; it’s also good for you. This luxurious dish is packed full of essential nutrients.
Want a yummy meal idea? Add some crumbled feta cheese to a salad of dark greens and fresh berries. This simple salad addition will provide nearly half of your daily B12 needs.
If you can tolerate them, this nutrient-dense food is super healthy. Sardines have plenty of B12, but also vitamin D, calcium, and omega-3 fats.
A mere three ounces of clam meat provides ample amounts of B vitamins, chromium, and iron.
Because we are foodies, we naturally gravitate towards the fun, unique, and interesting foods. But in reality, any food that came from an animal will have high levels of B12. If all else fails, grab a glass of milk and you’ll be well on your way!
When Diet Isn’t Enough
Those who are passionate about food (like us!) sometimes think it can do no wrong. However, the sad reality is that even our most favorite foods sometimes let us down.
Some people—no matter how many B12-rich foods they eat—can still be deficient. Sometimes, our bodies have a hard time absorbing the nutrient. This problem is extremely common in the older generation.
Other individuals have health issues that prevent them from utilizing the B12 in food. A vitamin B12 deficiency is common among pernicious anemia, Crohn’s diese, lupus, and Graves’ disease patients.
In these cases, vitamin B12 supplementation is essential. It helps replenish the body’s storehouse of B12. The most effective form of supplementation is injections (because people with absorption issues would have the same problem with oral pills as they do with food).
In fact, some people prefer supplementation. Vitamin B12 shots ensure adequate levels—even when our healthy diet seems to slip a little. Plus, a slight surplus of vitamin b12 can help prevent health issues and minimize undesirable side effects.
We know closely monitoring the foods you eat can be tiring. But really, the alternative is much worse!
Check to make sure you are getting at least a little bit of vitamin B12 each day. Your taste buds—and overall health—will be glad you did!
Lindsey Dahlberg, guest post author, was recently diagnosed with a vitamin B12 deficiency. Now, more than ever, she is especially attentive to the foods she eats. When she isn’t online sharing her health tips with the masses, Lindsey is probably in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes.