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Is “B” for the bones? Most people think about vitamin B12 as a vital nutrient for our blood cells, energy and nervous system, but it might also be a key nutrient for bone health. A study from Germany found that vegetarians had lower levels of vitamin B12 than their omnivorous counterparts (B12 is mainly found in animal foods), and higher levels of components in their blood that indicate a higher degree of bone breakdown — thus, a potentially higher risk for osteoporosis.

Should we all start increasing our B12 intake either via food or supplements to decrease our chances for osteoporosis? Not so fast. The idea that B12 plays a role in bone health is just a theory. The researchers stated that some studies have indicated B12 might increase the production of osteoblasts — the cells of our body that have a major role in producing bone. But this has not yet been proven. The study was also fairly small and used a very specific group of people – less than 200 people total, German or Asian-Indian, and only men.

That doesn’t mean you don’t need vitamin B12, it just means you might not need it for bone health. You definitely need it for your blood cells, energy and brain/nervous system. Most adults need about 2.4 micrograms each day, which you can get from:

  • Any animal product, including meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy and eggs
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Some fortified breakfast cereals or non-dairy milks (check the label)

And to keep your bones healthy, make sure to check out our article featuring seven tips to strong, healthy bones.


Comments

  1. john639 says:

    Good article on the need for B12 but you neglected to mention the inherent problem with eating meat to supplement that B12. Instead of recommending meat for B12 perhaps you should warn ppl of the dangers of eating meat:

    Non-vegetarians are endangering their health by eating animal products contaminated by pesticides, antibiotics and hormones like the fear hormone – adrenaline.

    Vegetarians have been shown to lead healthier lives than their meat eating cousins. Many diseases are caused by the toxins present in meat, among them cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. This article looks at the evidence.

    One of the reasons for disease is best explained by David Steinman, a well known consumer health advocate and environmentalist in his book, Diet for a Poisoned Planet. He reports that 95 to 99 percent of the poisonous chemicals in food come from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs……

    …..

    The evidence for the link between the consumption of animal products and diseases such as cancer and diabetes can be found in numerous scientific publications.

    Here are some of the ill effects:

    Suppression of immune system and damage to formation of memory and ability to learn

    Rheumatic diseases through the ingestion of arachidonic acid in sausages, fish and meat

    Osteoporotic fractures due to sulfurous amino acids which can cause demineralization of bones

    Tumours due to the increased concentrations of an insulin-like growth factor

    Diabetes Milletus through the intake of meat and sausages.

    Fatty acids promotes insulin resistance

    Read more at Suite101: Toxins in Animal Products: Are Non-Vegetarians Poisoning Themselves? | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/toxins-in-meat-a140603#ixzz1Mujsbchm

  2. john639 says:

    Good article on the need for B12 but you neglected to mention the inherent problem with eating meat to supplement that B12. Instead of recommending meat for B12 perhaps you should warn ppl of the dangers of eating meat:

    Non-vegetarians are endangering their health by eating animal products contaminated by pesticides, antibiotics and hormones like the fear hormone – adrenaline.

    Vegetarians have been shown to lead healthier lives than their meat eating cousins. Many diseases are caused by the toxins present in meat, among them cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. This article looks at the evidence.

    One of the reasons for disease is best explained by David Steinman, a well known consumer health advocate and environmentalist in his book, Diet for a Poisoned Planet. He reports that 95 to 99 percent of the poisonous chemicals in food come from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs……

    …..

    The evidence for the link between the consumption of animal products and diseases such as cancer and diabetes can be found in numerous scientific publications.

    Here are some of the ill effects:

    Suppression of immune system and damage to formation of memory and ability to learn

    Rheumatic diseases through the ingestion of arachidonic acid in sausages, fish and meat

    Osteoporotic fractures due to sulfurous amino acids which can cause demineralization of bones

    Tumours due to the increased concentrations of an insulin-like growth factor

    Diabetes Milletus through the intake of meat and sausages.

    Fatty acids promotes insulin resistance

    Read more at Suite101: Toxins in Animal Products: Are Non-Vegetarians Poisoning Themselves? | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/toxins-in-meat-a140603#ixzz1Mujsbchm

  3. Guru6969 says:

    Critical to supplement B12 in your diet if you are a vegetarian http://usvitamininjections.com/

About Erica Giovinazzo

Erica Giovinazzo is a graduate student of Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She has served as the Chair of the Student Committee of the Greater New York Dietetic Association, the ADA Student Liaison for New York University, and a volunteer with Keri Gans Nutrition, God's Love We Deliver, and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Nutrition Department. In the coming year, Erica is delighted to be in the NYU Dietetic Internship, and complete the training to become a Registered Dietitian.

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