B12 & Homocysteine


B12 is reabsorbed or recycled within the body and this process is known as enterohepatic circulation, which is why it can take up to 25 years for a deficiency disease to develop. If your low B12 is due to absorption problems it could take only 3 years. Deficiency due to absorption problems could be due to:

  • Antibiotics
  • Alcohol (liver)
  • Smoking
  • Processed Food or Poor Diet
  • Stress
  • Elevated Blood Homocysteine
  • Aging (Over 50)
  • Those with gastric inflammation
  • Medications: Metformin, Omeprazole, Fluoroquinote, Oral Contraceptives

Enterohepatic Circulation

The good news is that by taking B12 Methylcobalamin supplementation in a short time the enterohepatic system will restart. B12 is not really a vitamin, it is a bacteria found in soil.

Dr. Mc Cully Kilmer research on Homocysteine:

The Homocysteine Revolution

Elevated Blood Homocysteine causes:

  • Stroke/Heart Attack
  • Vascular Damage
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arterial Damage

High homocysteine is caused by too much methionine from protein and a deficiency of Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic Acid. Vegetarians are more protected because they consume less meat, fish and dairy products. High levels of animal based proteins puts a strain on the body for B6, B12 and Folic Acid. Plant based protein creates less strain. Also harsh chemical treatment of food processing i.e. milling wheat reduces B6 by 50% . Certain medications anticonvulsants (phenytoin) and antidiuretics also increase homocysteine = kidney failure.

To increase levels of B12, B6 and Folate naturally via diet:

  • Emphasize Fresh unprocessed raw Fruits and Vegetables
  • Whole grains and legumes
  • Reduce synthetic fats and sugars
  • 2-4 oz daily of either fresh meat, liver or eggs. (one egg is 2 ounces)

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