What Madonna Knows about Vitamin B12 and Bacteria

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“I feel better than I did 20 years ago,” wrote Madonna to her personal chef.  What’s the secret to her Fountain of Youth? Vitamin B12 and healthy bacteria

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Madonna’s known to take a couple of jabs every now and then- jabs of vitamin B12 shots, that is.  She attributes her youthful complexion to large doses of vitamin B12, claiming that they also boost energy and help her think more clearly.

Perhaps that explains her amazing stamina and flexibility during her half-time performance recently. Vitamin B12 improves your metabolism, sports endurance, and muscular strength, and provides a healthful sense of wellbeing, as evidenced by several scientific studies.

Healthy bacteria and vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 has a symbiotic relationship with your intestinal flora.  And wouldn’t you know, Madonna is on to that, as well.  Her chef, Mayumi Nishimura, has created a well-rounded nourishing diet of foods that are good for the digestion, including fermented soy, whole grain, and quinoa.

By eating good-for-the-gut foods that supply healthy microbes, Madonna is naturally maintaining her digestive system and lowering her risks for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and pernicious anemia from vitamin B12 deficiency.

Gut problems and B12 deficiency

There are many ways of getting vitamin B12 deficiency, and one of them includes digestive system disorder.  Any time there is damage to the stomach lining or small intestines, you run the risk of depleting your sources of vitamin B12.

That’s because a certain digestive enzyme, intrinsic factor, is produced in the stomach, and your body requires intrinsic factor in order to absorb vitamin B12 from foods like meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.  But certain illnesses that affect the digestive system- Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, GERD- result in vitamin B12 malabsorption.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency

The initial signs of vitamin B12 deficiency often emulate other underlying ailments which you might have, which explains why doctors sometimes neglect to check vitamin B12 levels in the blood.

Telltale symptoms of early vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • Tiredness
  • Painful prickly feelings in your fingers, arms, toes, and feet
  • Sore red, swollen tongue
  • Recent short-term memory loss
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea

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Over time, as your body expends more vitamin B12 without supplementation, neurological damage can occur, in addition to increased risk for mental illness, heart attack, and stroke.

Symptoms of prolonged vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Muscular soreness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling out of breath
  • Frequent numbness in legs and arms
  • Muscle spasms
  • “Electric shock” sensations
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Difficulty walking
  • Weakened motor control
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Severe depression
  • Aggressiveness
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Eye shakiness
  • Tinnitus ear ringing

Wanna copy Madonna? Get your B12

So, by getting her mega doses of vitamin B12 and eating gut-friendly foods containing healthy bacteria, Madonna is effectively maintaining healthy B12 levels, and reaping the benefits of increased energy, mental clarity, an active metabolism, and maximum neurological health.

Please tell us…

What other celebrities can you name who take vitamin B12 shots?

Do you get scheduled doses of vitamin B12? If so, do you often feel as if you’re still fatigued? Many patients of vitamin B12 deficiency opt for OTC vitamin B12, in addition to what their doctor’s prescribing.

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