B12 & Iron Building Foundations
Anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, depression, foggy head, headaches, pale complexion?
It might be worth checking your B12 and iron.
B12 is an amazing nutrient that is important for Red blood cell production, and DNA synthesis. Anyone of the above symptoms or cases of:
Alzheimer's or dementia
Autism or spectrum symptoms
Poor digestion and maldigestion
Vegetarian or vegan diet
Could mean you are deficient or have trouble absorbing B12.
I have been tested, but I still am suffering these symptoms?
It's possible it could be an iron deficient, or even some other problem. It is important though to make sure your blood test has been analyzed correctly. Australia has very low blood parameters for B12 (200-800pmol/L), and this varies from pathology centres australia wide, and these levels have declined over time, compared to well studied parameters in Japan whose levels are around 500-1200pmol/L.
Homocysteine is also an important test for B12, as this tell us whether B12 is being used functionally.
Most of us are aware of the importance of iron. Iron does the job of carrying oxygen via haemoglobin from the lungs to the rest of your body. So imagine how low oxygen would feel? Fatigue throughout the day, foggy headed feeling, tired muscles, dizziness, heart irregularities, bleeding problems.
Girls starting menstruation due to the physical growth needs, and menstrual blood loss. High impact exercise also has a higher demand for iron.
Iron as well as B12 often slips under the radar and blood iron studies are needed for correct diagnosis, and should always be undertaken before any significant supplementation, as high serum iron can be dangerous.
A practitioner who is well practiced in analyzing blood iron studies and haemoglobin parameters is needed, and someone who flicks through your blood tests looking for asterisks and highlights is not good enough!
If you would like more information on this topic, or would like to get these tested and studied, especially if you are experiencing symptoms or issues on the above list.. Call me through the clinic to book for an appointment.
In the meantime, here is a nutrient packed recipe, loaded with iron, B12, zinc, and vitamin D.
1 handful of finely sliced mushrooms
500g chicken livers
100g of ghee or organic butter
1 onion finely diced
2 garlic cloves finely sliced
75ml of honey bourbon
1 tsp of kelp flakes
1 TBSP of fish sauce (red boat)
Clean up chicken livers cutting away any tough sinew.
Melt two tablespoons of ghee in a frying pan then add mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and kelp. Lightly fry off until cooked through.
Increase the heat and add the livers, then fry till browned and cooked through.
Add bourbon and simmer to reduce, without over cooking the liver.
Remove the pan from the heat, season generously with salt and pepper, and leave to cool completely.
Melt the leftover ghee.
Process liver mix well and divide equally into ramekins, pour ghee to cover pate to stop it from oxidising, and sprinkle with some peppercorns and oregano.
Freeze or eat after overnight refrigeration. Enjoy with some plain rice crackers or vegetable slices.