Gluten can damage the parietal cells, so if you’ve been eating gluten for years and you’ve got parietal cell damage, some people develop an antibody against intrinsic factor and that’s called pernicious anemia, which can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency; not because you’re not getting enough in the diet, but because you have an auto-immune response against the “taxi cab” for vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 requires the parietal cells to secrete acid and intrinsic factor to properly absorb it into the bloodstream.

When you eat meat; when that meat or animal food comes through the esophagus and hits your stomach, the meat has to be separated from the vitamin B12, and it’s the acid that does the separation.

Again, lots of different ways that are going to impact how a person might absorb that B12. I want you to know this because, mainly, I want you to understand that if you’re using those antacids, you’re creating a problem. The same thing here with antibiotics. Antibiotics will disrupt this process as well.

It doesn’t matter what kind of meat you’re eating: beef, chicken, fish, turkey, egg is also considered an animal product. Liver is probably one of the richest sources of vitamin B12. If you eat liver, if you like organ meats, that’s a great source. Beyond that, some people try to use algae or whatnot for their vitamin B12. There’s just not enough … There’s no active form of vitamin B12. Remember, the active form of B12 for humans is methylcobalamin.

Methylcobalamin is the predominant active form of vitamin B12 in humans. We don’t want to take in cyanocobalamin in large quantities supplementally, because it’s hard for our body to deal with that and convert it into methylcobalamin. When you’re looking at nutritional supplementation, this is kind of the gold of the B12 world.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This video is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is strictly intended for educational purposes only. Additionally, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. Dr. Osborne is not a medical doctor. He does not treat or diagnose disease. He offers nutritional support to people seeking an alternative from traditional medicine. Dr. Osborne is licensed with the Pastoral Medical Association.

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