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Vitamin B12 deficiency particularly in vegetarians


I know it the past I have written about eating meat, well there is a downside to not eating meat at all and that is the potential that one becomes vitamin b12 deficient. This vitamin is absolutely vital for our system as it helps keep levels of the amino acid homocysteine in check, not only this but it also works to make up our genetic material in our bodies.(make red blood cells, nerves, DNA, and carry out other functions. The average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day.)

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Vitamin B12 deficiency can have a number of possible causes. Typically it occurs in people whose digestive systems do not adequately absorb the vitamin from the foods they eat. So generally vegetarians are more at risk and people who have undergone weight loss surgery.

If you do become anaemic you will begin to experience a lot of symptoms:

  • Weakness, tiredness or light-headedness
  • rapid heartbeat and breathing
  • pale skin
  • sore tongue
  • easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums
  • stomach upset and weight loss
  • diarrhea or constipation

If the deficiency is not corrected, it can damage the nerve cells. If this happens, vitamin B12 deficiency effects may include:

  • tingling or numbness in fingers and toes
  • difficulty walking
  • mood changes or depression
  • memory loss, disorientation, and dementia

B12 deficiency in infants, if not detected and treated, can lead to severe and permanent damage to the nervous system. New mothers who follow a vegetarian diet should have their babies’ B12 levels checked by a doctor.

For most people, treatment resolves the anemia; however, any nerve damage that has occurred as a result of the deficiency could be permanent.

A Harvard Health article published the effects of study done by the Medical Journal on a 62 year old man who exhibited symptoms of “pins and needles” sensation in his hands, had trouble walking, experienced severe joint pain, began turning yellow, and became progressively short of breath. On analysis it was found that he was vitamin b12 deficient and this had occurred within just 2 months.

It could have been worse—a severe vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to deep depression, paranoia and delusions, memory loss, incontinence, loss of taste and smell, and more, according to another article in the New England Journal.

According to Dr Chandy you can cure hair loss with vitamin b12 injections also. According to nhs he is not practicing medicine according to their regulations. However it has helped people significantly.

Check this out.

vitamin B12 absorption by the gut is less effective than a shot directly into muscle, a higher dose is often needed when taken orally. Over-the-counter pills in high enough doses for treatment might be difficult to find, so you might need to take three or more pills to make up your necessary daily dose.

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What’s up with my hair?


So I have finally decided to write something that concerns both men and women :). I see the men around me in particular obsessing about their hair.

Their hair is either too long or too short or they complaining they don’t have any. Hair dyes are becoming increasingly popular among the male generations of today and believe it or not it’s not just for older people with white hair. Like teenage girls who experiment with dyeing their hair, young boys are beginning to do this also and not using blue or green dyes, but natural colours.

I am probably behind the times, but it really shocked me to realise this and it got me thinking. We women think we are all concerned about our looks etc., but so are men, if not more so. G takes really good care of himself and in the morning takes more time than me to prepare. The hair has to be in the right place, the shirts need to be the right colour and then the tie to match, then the cardigan etc. I am definitely not that fussy, suppose I need to work on this. 🙂

It’s all about using the right products, products that stimulate hair growth? for men. Do we believe in those products or is it just like the fat trappers : BEFORE AND AFTER and it doesn’t really work?

My personal viewpoint is that whatever you put on your head that isn’t natural is probably doing you more harm than good. Americans find that losing hair is a serious problem, so they decided to open up and American Hair Loss Association. At least I agree with this Association on one point:

Most of today’s medicines for treating hair loss have limited effectiveness. Currently, we don’t have a complete understanding of exactly why certain diseases cause hair loss. In many cases, we treat the symptoms, but not the causes of diseases. And often our ability to treat symptoms has limited effectiveness.

Today’s medications prescribed to counteract androgenetic alopecia (genetic pattern hair loss), require ongoing use for the benefits of treatment to continue, and these medications have only a limited effect on some patients. And the cost of drugs that must be taken continuously adds up to a large lifetime expense.

I visited one blog after another and it seems like these man make a plan and give you a one day update and beyond this nothing, probably they stopped using the product and were too frustrated to come back and write about it. OR they turned into a hairy monster and ate everything around them, still roaming the streets. Watch out!

At the end of the day all research points to the same things, you either exposed to this problem because it’s in your genes or it’s got to do with a hormonal imbalance. I think when we control what we eat, then we can help our bodies regulate the production of certain hormones.

I read another study which states the following:

Studies have shown that diets rich with animal fats cause excessive amounts of testosterone to be released into the blood stream.  Similarly, people who ate diets low in fat had significantly less testosterone released in their system.  High levels of testosterone directly affect the amount of hair loss a person experiences.

In a frequently noted study, researcher Masui Inaba documented his findings in a report illustrating this phenomenon in action.  The study observed higher incidents of hair loss among Japanese men who ate Westernized diets (i.e. far more red meat than their peers).  With more animal fat in their diets, Inaba illustrated that the dramatic increase led to an increased incidence of hair loss.  His research indicated that higher levels of fat cause oil glands in the hair follicle to grow, thereby producing more DHT and more damage to hair follicles.  From a molecular point of view, baldness is seen as a hormonal imbalance.  It is widely accepted that the hormone DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), the bi-product in the breakdown of testosterone, is the principal factor in hair loss. As a result, compounds capable of lowering DHT levels are viewed as having a beneficial effect in the treatment of baldness, including dietary restrictions that aid in reducing the effects of DHT. 

Many individuals have reported that changing their diet has resulted in helping to control hair loss, especially when it was done in combination with a product that limit the production of  testosterone DHT.  

1) Steering clear of the Western diet is one of the best ways to avoid and defend against baldness.  By introducing low-fat protein sources, such as non-fatty fish, chicken, turkey, and soy products as well as complex carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, and beans, into a diet rich in fatty acids can be effective in helping control hair loss.  By utilizing a healthy diet in tandem with drug and herbal therapies, individuals can greatly increase the odds of their success.  

2) Eat sizeable portions of fruits, vegetables, and beans.  Don’t emphasize potatoes, pasta, and bread.  These foods quickly turn to glucose, spinning insulin levels out of control as blood sugar levels rise rapidly and fall just as quickly.  This compromises the body’s ability to regulate hormone levels in the blood.  Such foods should be kept to a minimum.  

3) Likewise, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and sugar, affect the body with a similar effects on the blood.  These stimulants steal nutrients from the body while passing through the system, disturbing blood-sugar and hormone levels.  Adrenal glands are adversely affected.  Significant use of stimulants disturb and deplete the glands, which in turn affects the level of nutrients in the blood stream and eventually levels of hair damaging DHT.

4) By eating five to six smaller sized meals a day; the body will be able to maintain proper hormone levels, thereby providing hair with the nutrients needed for hair growth and maintenance.

5) It is best to avoid processed or refined foods.  Natural and organic foods are digested and utilized by the body in a more even fashion, allowing for better regulated hormone and blood-sugar levels.  Refined grains lack the best source of  vitamin B, an important building block in hair growth.  This deficit is further exacerbated by the lack of green leafy vegetables in the American diet. 

What Americans need to understand is that people in Mexico, India, China, and Japan have beautiful, strong hair well into old age.  A huge difference in diet is the amount of protein they eat.  Compared to the average American, protein intake is extremely low.  The habits of the people in such countries show a variety of foods rich in nutritious vitamins and minerals required for strong, healthy hair growth.  The Chinese diet is complete with an emphasis on vegetables, seafood, rice, and soybeans.  Their diet is rich in fatty acids that are essential for healthy hair.  The Japanese include large amounts of seaweed rich with Iodine, a crucial nutrient in the production of strong hair.  The diets in India and Mexico are replete with beans and rice, as well as leafy green vegetables and a wide variety of fruit.  It should go without saying, but in terms of hair care, you are what you eat.

So eat healthily and things will get better!