Stopped by to visit Warren today. We went for a walk and promptly we started talking an audio book that he’s been listening to by Deepak. We also spoke of multi-vitimins and and another audio book, where the author was talking about supplements. I mentioned that I had significantly lowered my meat intake and Warren recommended (based on a few different sources, including the current audio book) that B12 would be a good supplement to look into.
I stopped by a local organic shop and picked up some B12, Folic Acid & Milk Thistle. Just got home and have been reading the wiki writeup on folic acid.
“Folate is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells. This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is needed to synthesize DNA bases (most notably thymine, but also purine bases) needed for DNA replication. Thus folate deficiency hinders DNA synthesis and cell division, affecting most notably bone marrow and cancer, both of which participate in rapid cell division.”
The wiki entry goes on to describe associations found with mental health and cancer. Basically, is sounds like a good balance of folic acids in the body is certainly a good thing.
Milk Thistle is your liver’s best friend, especially against damage done by toxins. It’s a blood cleanser and also can aid the healing of sebaceous cysts.
Vitimin B12, on the other hand, is essential for,
“…the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.”
“A common synthetic form of the vitamin,cyanocobalamin, does not occur in nature, but is used in many pharmaceuticals, supplements and as food additive, due to its stability and lower cost. In the body it is converted to the physiological forms, methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, leaving behind the cyanide, albeit in minimal concentration.”
Cyanide? OH MY!! Well, apparently we eat more cyanide than we realize, and in small doses, it’s harmless. Since I’m lowering the meats, it sounds like a good idea for me to start taking this supplements.
Oh, and back to Deepak. Apparently he recommends sesame seed oil. Further googling reveals that it’s apparently a good anti-fungal treatment. Huh… go figure.
2012/03/13 at 10:31 pm
Hey Jer, If you’re going vegan like me then it is important to make sure you’re not vitamin b12 deficient. What b12 do you take? I get mine in spray from here http://products.mercola.com/vitamin-b12-spray/ which is awesome since I hate popping pills.
2012/03/14 at 3:04 pm
Hi Harmina. I haven’t yet moved to a fully vegan diet, though I have significantly changed my diet to be more focused on the veggies. Energy levels are great and I take minimal supplements (if any, at all). I will certainly do more research into B12, moving forward. Cheers!