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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.

100 thoughts on “How to Naturally Overcome Vitamin B12 Deficiency | Dr. Josh Axe

  1. Some important considerations about genetics and supplementation:

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  2. Grass fed is high in b12 because b12 comes from the fucking grass they eat. It is a on the surface of vegetables. The industry washes it off before you eat it. Then tries to sell you a supplement .

  3. Not true vitamin b12 exists in wheat grass
    In sprouted grass

    Where do you think animals get it from?
    From grass
    And also lots of vegan people do not lack b12 in their bodies

    Yet flesh eaters are b12 deficency.

  4. I take the liquid spray. Every other day or nutritional yeast in my foods. #Vegan. The doctors said my levels were fine.

  5. The reason I am plant based and not vegan is b12. I respect vegans (you folks can be scary lol) but I personally feel all my necessary nutrition should come from food. I eat clams or free range eggs for b12.

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  8. I'm not sure what to think you're number one cause for vitamin be deficiency is an inability to absorb… in the same breath you significantly played down vitamin B12 shots and suggested eating vitamin B rich foods… foods that according to you very likely may not be absorbed?

  9. the basic Foundation about what B12 is was good but the sources you recommended for getting B12 instead of going directly to the source of the actual vitamin and getting it directly is what you should be doing. Animals are often supplemented with B12 so go directly to B12 and take it in forms of either cyancobalamin or methylcobalamin which is an active form of the vitamin which means that even if you have intrinsic factor that doesn't allow you to digest the first form, if you take the second form it's already active and intrinsic value won't make a difference.

  10. As you age, changes in your stomach lining can lessen gastric acid production. This makes it more difficult to utilize sufficient amounts of the B12 that comes from foods you eat. So if you are lacking energy and feel tired all the time, you may want to consider a quality B12 supplement. Get 100% absorbable Vitamin B12 Here

  11. You are wrong buddy, b12 use to be found in soil and streams eating plants straight out of the ground and brushing it off will leave b12 on it, well use to until we destroyed the soils and polutted it, and also b12 is found in cereals

  12. Didn't the video say a 'natural' way to overcome… :/ The whole animal product consuming stuff is just getting so frustrating, especially if you're working with meat eating- gut leakers with deficiencies! More education about where the animals get the vit b12 from please.

  13. Yep I workout feel good then not too long after I’m light headed, I’m talking days after, after consistently working the weights on a consistent basis.

  14. I don’t think you need meat to be honest, if that was the case I would’ve been feeling better 🤷🏾‍♂️, maybe I should look up more type of defiencies cause I yet iron and I eat meat, maybe I need more vegetables?? Cause I feel light headed and weak a couple days after lifting and I don’t mess around I get my protein and I eat my carbs, so whats up??? 🤔

    Reading all the comments, I don’t think I’m that bad, It’s just when I workout, possibly I’m lacking the proper micros.

    Or maybe I just have too much tension in my brain and I need to eat to recover and regain mentally.

    Idk 😬

  15. Dr. Axe What about people with diabetes type 2, I heard that the metformin, interfere with the vitamin B-12, what do you think, my mother take that twice a day, she's 75 and has anxiety, memory problems, dizziness, loss of appetite, please help, can she take vitamin B-12. Yes or NO.

  16. Do not eat Glutin. Do not eat meat well done. Consume more salt and calcium to strengthen stomach. Absorb all nutrients formula. Hard to do but beneficial good health

  17. This doc is absolutely right. Since I skipped the lettuce in my burgers and doubled up the bacon……I can feel how the Vitamins shoot into my body ! Will now skip the bun too and triple the patties and bacon. 🤗🤗🤗 Oh doc, I love you!

  18. So he's saying probiotics and vitamin B 12 together. One can only hope cuz I've been pretty sick I will try thanks so much. Now it looks like I need supplements to what will ever happen to me maybe I need a nutritionist. Looks like we can't get everything through our food at all can we?

  19. VITAMIN B12 change my life , my mood improve , my energy , im so energetic now , happier, active, im just in love With the results .. I take NatureMade (brand) sublingual B12 3000mcg with NatureMade D3 5000iu ..i started seeing results in 2 weeks 😊

  20. the reason why gluten is causing problems in meat eaters is that they are meat eaters. If you become a vegan or a strict vegetarian which is like a vegan who eats honey and still uses leather, and eat a well-balanced diet, then adding a good b12 supplement to your diet. you will be well on your way to a healthy life.

  21. I am vitamin b 12 deficiency and vitamin d and iron. I get light headed fatigue, hair falls out Quickly. I am totally beat down by it now. I have actually felt the food just sitting in my stomach like not digesting. I get bloated for long. I have heart pains sometime as well. I also have anemia. I keep falling back into severe depression. I feel so good after I eat lamb and wild caught fish, I also feel better eating cheeses, now I know why.

  22. This clearly isn’t a natural way. Being a vegan, when I see the word NATURAL, I don’t except to be told to eat meat or fish! Loool on to the next….

  23. Dr my fat @$$ ! You are a MEDICAL Dr,; the little one, uneducated.
    You are just salespersons for Pharma . A medical dr has a very low life expectancy; plain stupid !

  24. InshAllah I hope this really works.. I always feel stressed and want to do so much that I can't do and it saddens me. Going to start B12 tablets.. Thanks Dr.!

  25. I see a lot of vegans arent pleased with this information haha. Hate it when your narrative coincide with reality :/

  26. Thank you Dr Josh for this video,ai think thats the problem why I am bloated,dull mind,acidic and having gas always,anxiety,stressed.because of that I will subscribe your channel.

  27. a poor functioning gall bladder can also prohibit you from properly absorbing your vitamins. I take Dr. Berg's gallbladder formula.

  28. You get bacteria not vitamin b12 if you eat animal gut product of animal who walk on dirt ground and organic feed from the dirt itself

  29. Can a person reverse being a Vegan/vegetarian? I am totally regretting becoming a Vegetarian. Is this possible and how should a person go about reversing it? I find that my system pretty much regects meats such as poultry and all red meats ( I do eat fish and dairy). Thanks in advance

  30. This is helpful. I was so tired and fatigue every day. I just start talking feroglobin and then I realize I’m feeling much better. I have stomach issues but I’m getting there. Thanks dr. Axe

  31. What do you recommend for those who are b12 deficient yet allergic to cobalt which is b12??

  32. i've just received my V B12 test and here we go: the test rate of V B12 is 4400 (the rate in normal adults is 600). my doctor called me to say stop taking any V B12 supplement but i don't take any as I don't trust them AND I'M VEGAN but i just knew the reason: its bcuz i drink Kombucha 2 or 3 times a day bcuz i'm trying to recover from breast cancer naturally 🙂 plus all my vitamins and Minerals r great ….. although I;m vegan 🙂

  33. I have been deficient of B-12
    6 years and ignored to the point of debilitating neuropathy bed ridden cant walk mostly, psych issues (concentration, memory, brain fog…) Vision issues and sleeping/ passing out 14 hrs straight, dizziness and fainting due to extreme weakness and fatigue. No one cares or are ignorant and I feel like I am going to die. The Cleveland Clinic FL is my entire medical team and NO ONE is helping me. I have low thyroid, adrenal fatigue had gastric bypass and malabsorption syndrome and was VEGAN now (by their insistence) am Vegetarian
    ( which has raised Lipids n made me worse.) Vit D b-12 n iron Anemia all below minimums.
    I AM desperate for HELP. I will be permanently damaged or die.

  34. I have Pernicious anemia. I tested positive for Intrinsic factor antibodies. It runs in my family. 100% of all people who have intrinsic factor antibodies have pernicious anemia having no intrinsic factor means you can not take b12 and make it active/useful. You can be b12 deficient and not have an intrinsic factor issue. But you can not overcome a b12 deficiency naturally if you have no intrinsic factor.

  35. Thank you so much! Now how can we make sure when we are buying beef, lamb, or fish that they are actually grass feed and healthy (free from chemicals and pollution)?

  36. I would like to talk to one of these doctors about b12 and Lyme. I inject 10mg 2 to 3 times a week, otherwise I completely shut down. No doctor can word with me to solve the puzzle of Lyme where I believe b12 could be an anwer

  37. Dr. Axe, I have been vegetarian for about 3 months now and only consume cheese about 1 x per week. Do I need a B 12 supplement? If so, what brand should I get. I only want to take natural B 12, no synthetic or vitamins with lots of fillers.. suggestions?

  38. If the intrinsic faktor in the stomach does not work you will never heal from this problem. I have to inject myself with b12. No food will ever help me!

  39. 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

  40. 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

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