Vitamin B12 and Protein: Vital for Mental Health

Brain Food, Depression, Mental Fitness, Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

B12 Vital for Mental Health

Vitamin B12 is one of the most powerful tools in the Prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia arsenal. I know that, you know that, even my cats know that. To me, the real importance of the study is that it deals one more body blow to modern diet recommendations, which tell us that protein and fat are the enemies of good health.

However, mental fitness experts point out that protein is where nature meant us to get our B12 from. And, let’s face it, nature knows what its doing.

The only natural food sources of vitamin B12 are animal products like fish, meat and eggs.

Research proves that protein keeps you healthy and strong.  Recently I was doing a great deal of research on skin health – as it relates to aging as well as components of a healthy skin diet.  Source after source after source pointed out the importance of protein. Basically, my research showed that protein is VITAL for healthy skin and a healthy complexion.  If you’re interested in keeping your skin looking as young as possible (and who isn’t?!), protein is a secret weapon.

Even more importantly,  in addition to being necessary for good heart health, protein prevents serious problems (even more serious than wrinkles!) like depression and Alzheimer’s.  Even a slight deficiency in B12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, and depression.  Even more frightening, a long term deficiency in B12 can potentially cause permanent damage to the brain.

 

Here are some food sources of vitamin B12:

  • Eggs (here’s something that might shock you – you’d have to eat almost half a chicken to get the same amount of B12 you can get in just one egg)
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Beef
  • Cheese
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Liver

As with other vitamins and nutrients, don’t rely on supplements. Get your vitamins from the food you eat.  You have more riding on it than you can afford to lose.

Make each moment count double!

~ Joi

     

     

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