In a prior blog, I mentioned the film The Need To Grow as being an interesting and inspiring look at the food system of today and what is possible for the future.
Rob Herring is the Director of the film, and he often provides some interesting articles like the one below. I hope you find it useful, as I did.
Getting enough vitamins in your life?
Even if you take a vitamin complex daily, there’s a pretty good chance you could still be low on the vitamin B12 end of things.
We need all B vitamins for the body to function well. But vitamin B12 deserves its own spotlight for more than a few reasons.
Scientifically called cobalamin, methylcobalamin, or cyanocobalamin (not a great form), vitamin B12 is pretty plentiful in animal products (liver, beef, sardines, tuna, etc)— but scarce in most plant-based products, unless you know where to look.
*Cyanocobalamin is not accessible in the body immediately, and may deplete your potassium levels in the blood. It is the cheapest form and used in almost all B12 supplements, so watch out for it. For some people, this may be doing more harm than good.
For those who opt for a mostly plant based diet, it’s important to take extra special care to make sure B12 levels are healthy!
That said, even people who are animal product consumers could still be low on it.
Some research suggests nearly 40% of US residents are deficient.
Vitamin supplement complexes too, even if they contain many B vitamins, can also skimp on B12. In most cases, it’s best to get an entirely individual supplement of only B12 for yourself to make sure you get enough.
But why worry so much about B12? Well, if you don’t get enough, lots of things could start happening.
That said, even a simple deficiency can be super unpleasant.
So, if you are mostly eating plants, how do you make sure to get enough?
Here are some top plant-based (or fungus-based!) sources of vitamin B12, which include a few favorites.
To a healing future,
Director, The Need To GROW / Earth Conscious Life
P.S. In my opinion, the best kind of B12 is absorbed through a liposomal delivery system. It may be one of your best chances to protect your hearth health and nervous system, boost your mood, and increase your energy.
May you and your loved ones be happy, healthy and joyful!
We found this on the Good News Network and wanted to share...
Alexander McLeish has won a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s ‘Cashword’ instant ticket game—and the word that won him the scratch-off jackpot was a ‘heartfelt’ coincidence, to say the least.
The Attleborough man who had just gone through open heart surgery earlier this month, received a get well card from a friend with three instant tickets enclosed.
The friend went out of his way to buy the scratch-off at the same store where he purchased another lottery ticket as a birthday gift for Alexander years earlier that won him $1,000. This time, the prize was one thousand times bigger, and the details of the win were a thousand times spookier.
As Alexander began to scratch the “Your Letters” area of the ticket, the first three letters revealed were A, W and M—his exact initials.
As if that weren’t enough of a positive omen, the word that appeared on the bottom row of his winning puzzle, which clinched him the jackpot, was “HEART.”
With his son by his side, he tried to stay calm so as not to over-excite his overjoyed heart.
McLeish claimed his prize at Mass Lottery headquarters in Dorchester on Friday, November 26, 2021.
McLeish told reporters he intends to give his longtime friend of over 50 years who bought the ticket, a little bit of the prize money—in addition to sharing with his two adult sons.
“He offered to buy his wife a new car, but she declined,” reports the Washington Post. “Other than paying off some bills, McLeish said he hasn’t made many other plans with his new riches.”
It was fitting that he scratched off the “HEART” on Thanksgiving, with a new lease on life, and family around to share the excitement.