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How to Naturally Overcome Vitamin B12 Deficiency | Dr. Josh Axe

August 16, 2019

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here from In
this video, I’m going to talk about how to overcome a Vitamin B-12 deficiency and the
great health benefits of Vitamin B-12. And Vitamin B-12 is something that about 40%
of people are deficient in today. And it really is one of your body’s most important vitamins
and something that a lot of people struggle with. And if you struggle with any type of fatigue
or low energy, levels that is a big warning sign that you have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
If you struggle with lack of focus or poor memory issues, that’s a big warning sign you
have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. If you are a person out there that’s struggles
with poor cellular function or you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease like
fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, that’s a warning sign that you have a Vitamin B-12
deficiency. Also anemia, if you have anemia or you ever
stand up and you felt light-headed or here and there, you feel, again, like you get light
headed when you stand up, that’s a warning sign you have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. And
this is very, very common in people. Also, if you have a thyroid condition like
hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, or adrenal fatigue, or adrenal gland issues, and you get emotionally
stressed out easy and frazzle easy, those are the biggest warning signs that you may
have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. In this video, I’m going to go over exactly
how you overcome a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. By the way, it’s probably going to surprise
you some of the answers I give. Now here is my first thing I want to talk
about with Vitamin B-12 deficiency. The biggest reason that most people have Vitamin B-12
deficiencies is because they don’t have a healthy digestive system. So some of us get enough Vitamin B-12 in our
diet in certain ways, but we’re not absorbing and digesting Vitamin B-12 properly and that’s
because you can develop a condition called leaky gut, and having a leaky gut can be caused
by consuming things like gluten, too many dairy products, and other issues can cause
digestive issues and then proteins leak through your gut. It causes something called malabsorption.
So malabsorption is when you’re not actually digesting the food you’re eating. You know
a lot of people have heard the principle “You are what you eat,” it’s not true. You are what you digest. And if you’re not
digesting properly, you are not able to absorb Vitamin B-12. And so, the first people that
tend to have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency are people that struggle with leaky gut and digestive
issues. And so if you have food allergies, if you have any sort of bloating, or gas,
or acid reflux, or inflammatory bowel disease, that probably means that you Vitamin B-12
deficiency. The second subgroup of people that have a
Vitamin B-12 deficiency are people that are vegans or vegetarians, because they’re getting
little to no Vitamin B-12 in your diet. You only get Vitamin B-12, if you’re consuming
meat products. They’re not found in vegetables so that would
leave you at a deficiency and the third group of people that would tend to have a Vitamin
B-12 deficiency are people that follow a poor diet and don’t have enough probiotics in their
diet or good bacteria. And so again, if you don’t consume probiotic
rich foods on a regular basis that probably means that you could have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
And Vitamin-B-12 is important for so many things. Vitamin B-12 benefits include improving red
blood cell formation which is important for energy and heart health. They actually help
with cellular function which is important for your cells and body functioning property. They actually support the brain and nerve
system. And they’re actually studies out there showing that actually there are 430 studies
that prove that if you’re deficient in Vitamin B-12, it’s almost been linked to anxiety and
depression. And so, obviously, Vitamin B-12 is important
for a lot of things especially your red blood cell cellular function and supporting the
brain and nerve system. And here is how you can overcome Vitamin B-12 deficiency and really
take your health to the next level. Number one, start consuming more Vitamin B-12
rich foods. And the best Vitamin B-12 foods are going to be liver, so chicken liver, beef
liver. After that, wild caught fish, like wild-caught salmon and tuna, are packed with
Vitamin B-12, then doing grass-fed beef and lamb products. In fact, grass-fed lamb is very high and grass-fed
beef in Vitamin B-12. And then the fourth group of food is actually going to be raw
dairy products. Things like kefir, yogurt, raw cheeses, raw milk, but raw dairy products
are your four source of getting Vitamin B-12. So step number one, get more Vitamin B-12
foods in your diet. Number two, and I think this is amazing, there is a study that came
out of Stanford University that found if you take a probiotic supplement, it greatly increases
your levels of Vitamin B-12. And here’s what people think, you’d think,
you’re deficient in Vitamin B-12, that means you have to start loading up on Vitamin B-12
supplements or getting Vitamin B shots. No, the truth is if you’re doing that without
absorbing it, it doesn’t matter. Probiotics help you absorb the Vitamin B-12 you’re taking,
and so you’ve got to be getting a good quality probiotic supplement and loading up on probiotic
foods if you want to overcome a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. And the third step would be you’ve got to
start really healing your gut, getting your gut healthy, and that’s going to include probiotics.
It’s going to include getting gluten and inflammatory foods out of your diet. So really Step Three
is improving your diet. And Step Four is taking the right supplements.
You can take a high-quality Vitamin B-12 supplement. In fact there are Vitamin B-12 sprays that
work very well. You can take Vitamin B-12 and a B-complex vitamin or isolated. Also, you can take a desiccated liver supplement
and take liver in a capsule form and get it that way. And no matter how you take it, taking
a Vitamin B-12 in supplement form to increase your dose is also very important. So if you can really follow those steps, you
can help address that Vitamin B-12 deficiency. And for some people, you will immediately
notice you function better. Your energy is increased. Your adrenal glands are better.
You’re less stressed. Your mood is improved. You can find all of those benefits by consuming
Vitamin B-12 food and overcoming your Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Hey guys, Dr. Axe. This has been Dr. Axe.
I hope you enjoyed this video. By the way, if you want my complete guide on how to overcome
a Vitamin B-12 deficiency, jump on over to my website, Dr. That’s I’ve got an article on there on how to overcome
a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Simply search Vitamin B-12 on or just do a Google search
for Dr. Axe and Vitamin B-12, and you’ll find my complete guide, along with my recommendations
for the best Vitamin B-12 supplement that you should be taking on a daily basis. Again, guys, this has been Dr. Axe. Thanks
for watching How to Naturally Overcome a Vitamin B-12 Deficiency.


  • Reply baby Boo June 25, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Hey doctor I have been experiencing all these sypmtoms and i googled and i found hiv and i have been test out of 10 months repeatedly and all negative and my doctor says its conclusive. Do you think i have vitamin b12 deficiency.
    Burning tongue firstly
    Dry mouth
    Weak memory
    Brown color nail
    Burning vag
    Weight loss
    Pins and needle

  • Reply Anett Barbara Botos July 1, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Raw goats milk ♥️

  • Reply Herb Bowler July 19, 2019 at 12:39 am

    You are wrong vegans are the least likely to become b12 deficient.
    Milk consumers are the most likely
    Probiotics produce b12 that can be absorbed
    Milk. Antibiotics. Sugar. To much meat. A low fiber diet all destroy probiotics that produce b12
    The best environment for probiotics is the high fiber from a plant based or began diet

  • Reply neelima anne July 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you so much Dr.

  • Reply Voorhees666Drummer July 26, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Hi Doc, can i start a keto diet with a B12 deficiency? My doc says I can't!

  • Reply RENATA, ADLER July 29, 2019 at 7:05 am

    DEAR Dr how gorillas get vitamine B 12 ??????

  • Reply Star Man August 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the info.

  • Reply Surf Earth August 8, 2019 at 12:52 am

    What about those who take metformin?

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