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ok i know this has been posted before, but does anyone know roughly how much i should be getting? i read it somewhere but can't find it now.<br><br>
my doctor's office called yesterday saying my last blood test showed something abnormal so i need to go in. so i called back today to make the appointment and the receptionist said the results showed my B12 is a little low. i'm going in on thursday afternoon, i'll find out exactly how low i really am, maybe it's nothing to worry about.<br><br><br><br>
i did have a few days at work where i was really dazed, couldn't focus or think straight etc, and i'd read that those are early signs of low B12 (not at the stage where it's dangerous) so i bought some B complex. i haven't been taking them every day because i didn't think i needed to, but i will be now i guess. they have 50mcg of B12 in them, is this enough? the bottle says to only take one per day, but you can buy stronger ones (100mcg) so i imagine it can't be dangerous to take 2 can it?<br><br><br><br>
ergh, i don't know. i'll find out what the doc says thursday but i fear he won't be too helpful as i'm his last patient before his weeklong holiday begins <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
my brother's girlfriend was vegetarian and ended up with B12 deficiency. we all know this is controllable without eating meat but her doc said she should stop being veg and she was freaked out enough that she believed him and went omni <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"><br><br>
no chance of that happening here, but i'm expecting my doc to say much the same
 

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I don't know what the minimum daily requirement is, but I do know that Luna bars contain 100% of the daily requirement based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Eating one a day would be an easy and delicious way to make sure you get your B12! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You would make me look this up, wouldn't you? hehe I don't know B12 info off the top of my head.<br><br><br><br>
2.4mcg per day is the normal dose for adults. However, as people age, they may lose the ability to absorb it. That's why the doses are very large. The 100mcg ones are for seniors.<br><br><br><br>
Now, let's go over a few things that I do know off hand <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Are you a vegan or a vegetarian? If you're a vegetarian, I don't know how the heck this happened. If you're a vegan, it may have happened for a few reasons:<br><br>
1. You may not be using an active B12 source in your daily diet. Active sources include most fortified soymilks, Yves products (I know their's is active, not sure about others) and nutritional yeast.<br><br>
2. You may not absorb it from vitamins as well as other people. I know I do not, but it is supposed to be an uncommon problem. I also have the same problem with iron.<br><br>
3. If you are a lacto-ovo, have you been dieting and leaving out dairy and eggs directly but not replacing the B12 in your diet? For example, you'll have products with whey in it, but you won't eat a piece of full fat cheese.<br><br><br><br>
Allow me to say this - it is kinda unfair of us to criticize your brother's GF's choice. There are people, albeit a small number, that find it ultra hard to get B12 and iron from vitamins, so foods offer a better choice. So, before people jump up and down at her, let's concentrate on your condition, not her's.<br><br><br><br>
Does this help you?
 

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btw, (sorry for the multi posts)<br><br><br><br>
I used to eat a cardboard bar a day and still got anemia <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I don't do well with fortified foods.
 

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I also had issues with keeping my B12 at a healthy level. I ended up getting B12 shots once a month or once every two months-on top of trying to keep it in my diet. That has seemed to work well so far! I'm not afraid of needles and the cost is covered by my health plan so for me it was a good solution.<br><br>
You need that B12 for your brain so find a way that works for you on a consistent basis.
 

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hahaha max power! good one! heh<br><br><br><br>
I take a vit tablet and it has 100% rda of b12 in it, but sometimes i take an actual b12 tablet
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Hedgefrog</i><br><br><b>hahaha max power! good one! heh</b></div>
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Gee, thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I had my choices. I could have gone with "Yahtzee!" or "Bingo!" but in the end I stand by my decision.
 

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i take 1000ml injection of b12 (cyanocobalamin) every month. my body does not manufacture intrisic factor so....i HAVE to take the shot. i don't know how RX's work in "canadia" but....it costs me about 10.00 for 6 months worth and .25 per syringe (NOT covered by insurance but so what it's cheap)
 

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giggle<br><br><br><br>
Actually, our health care is free. Rx's are not.<br><br><br><br>
The main reason Rx's are cheaper is because we do not allow advertising the way the US does. We also allow generic brands to be sold. It all ends up making the meds less money.<br><br><br><br>
For example, when I get a lung infection due to a cold, flu, etc, I need to take special antibotics, 1 extra inhaler, and sometimes a steriod and codeine. This costs $45-65CDN. I became ill while doing work in the US and had to go to the hospital. I had a list from the doctor of what I needed, they gave me exactly what I always had...and it cost $145US! Thankfully, my company paid for it, but still!
 

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Vitamin B-12 is kind of funny. If you take a small amount it's absorbed much more efficiently. So, the more often you take it the less total B-12 you need to take. And older people don't absorb it as well from food so the the ADA recommends that people over 50 take vitamin B-12 supplements whether they are: vegan, vegetarian or omnivore.<br><br><br><br>
Here's a really good article on vitamin B-12.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veganoutreach.org/health/b12letter.html" target="_blank">Vitamin B-12</a>
 

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/cheers at Sandie<br><br><br><br>
Someone else with a defective body! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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defective how?? mine or yours??? i know mine is defective..... i hate going on steroids...have to for asthma and it drives me nuts (nuttier). i keep them in the house just in case. generics here even are $$$$. for generic prozac in 150 US for THIRTY PILLS. my advair is over 160 US!!!!!!!! i could scream.
 

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sandiemac, if you live in the US you can order prescription medications from Canada and save. My wife oders fosamax from Canada. It cost about $70.00 for a 4 week supply were we live in the US. We pay $39.00 at the pharmacy in Canada for the exact same medication. Here is a link to the place in Canada.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.rx1.biz/" target="_blank">rx1 (prescription medication from Canada)</a>
 

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My soymilk has 50% of daily B12 in one serving. It's the Whole Foods 365 brand. I also take a multivitamin, and I like the energy drinks that have B12 in them. Plus, there's fortified cereals and I stand by my Luna Bars. I don't think they taste remotely like cardboard and, trust me, I've tried cardboard, so I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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They make a Vegetarian sublingual B12 tablet (I can't remember the brand, but it's sold in most health food stores). I've read that taking B12 sublingually (let the tablet disolve under the tongue) is the best way to ensure that you are getting enough B12.
 
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