Red Magic

Meet Jenny ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ. 

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ Haiii bae.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ—ฝ.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ lives in the West Village and works in SoHo. 

๐Ÿ‘—? Twirlin'.

๐Ÿ‘ ? Struttin'.

๐Ÿ’‹? Poppin'. 

๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿผ? Tantalizin'.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ designs the ๐Ÿ—ฝ line for a ๐ŸŒŽ fashion label.

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ slays. 

With fashion week fast approaching, tensions are high. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ needs to deliver ๐Ÿ’ฏ % and nothing less.

But recently, ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ has been feeling ๐Ÿ˜ด and ๐Ÿ˜ฒ. That's why she ๐Ÿ“ฑ me. 

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ’ญ ... "Why am I feeling so ๐Ÿ’ฉ lately? My diet is clean: ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿฎ or ๐Ÿ” and I've greatly โฌ‡๏ธ ๐Ÿผ and ๐Ÿณ. I've been getting lots of exercise ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป and ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿป. I'm taking a ๐Ÿ’Š of 5,000 Units of Vitamin D daily because of lack of โ˜€๏ธ during the ๐ŸŒฌ โ„๏ธ โ›„๏ธ. What's wrong with me?! ๐Ÿ˜’."

So, I ๐Ÿ’ผ to Jenny's ๐Ÿ . We had a detailed discussion about her symptoms, nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle. I drew her blood and ๐Ÿ“ฌ the samples to the ๐Ÿฅ. In 48 ๐Ÿ•“, her ๐Ÿ“ฉ arrived.

The results: ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ was lacking a vitamin in her diet.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ exclaimed, "Hold up โœ‹๐Ÿผ Doctor K. I eat a whole ๐ŸŒฑ based diet full of plump ๐Ÿ‘, juicy ๐Ÿ‰, midnight ๐Ÿ†, sweet sweet ๐Ÿ  and red hot ๐ŸŒถ. How am I lacking a vitamin in the ๐ŸŒฑ based diet that you recommend?"

Fair point ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ. Optimal nutrition for a human is a whole ๐ŸŒฑ based diet, while ๐Ÿšซ ๐Ÿด those ๐Ÿท and ๐Ÿ„ and ๐Ÿฃ and their milks. Unfortunately, there is one vitamin that is ONLY found in animal products like ๐Ÿฎ and ๐Ÿ” and ๐ŸŸ and ๐Ÿณ and ๐Ÿผ and ๐Ÿง€.

Vitamin B12 aka Cobalamin. Fun facts about B12 include:

  • The only vitamin which contains a metal [Cobalt]

  • Water-soluble (Unlike fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K)

  • Stored in the liver

  • Must be acquired through the diet

Although the vitamin is found in animal products, ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿฆ€ are unable to produce Vitamin B12 on their own ๐Ÿ˜ž; #EvolutionarilyBasic.

So where does B12 come from? Critters so tiny you'd need a ๐Ÿ”ฌ. Only bacteria ๐Ÿ‘พ are able to synthesize the vitamin.

๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿฆ€ consume the vitamin directly from their bacterial environment or by eating other animals which have B12 stores.

Humans produce B12 supplements by harnessing ๐Ÿ‘พ machinery to synthesize the vitamin.

A lack of this vitamin can produce a range of undesirable symptoms such as: fatigue, shortness of breath, impaired concentration, depression, and numbness in the fingers and toes.

Because Vitamin B12 is only found in animal sources, people who ๐Ÿ‘…๐ŸŒฑ and especially people who ๐Ÿ‘…๐ŸŒฑand๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿณ are at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans should definitely supplement.

The supplement options are a daily ๐Ÿ’Š or monthly ๐Ÿ’‰. Oral supplementation requires the digestive tract to digest and absorb the vitamin, whereas the injectable form bypasses the intestine and delivers ๐Ÿ’ฏ % of the vitamin to the body. This is Red Magic.

B12 is considered Red Magic because:

  1. It's red in color. The red color comes from the chemical structure of a corrin ring and cobalt ion (graphic below). 

  2. Every single cell in the body requires it, especially the brain, nervous system and red blood cells like this guy ๐Ÿ‘น. The ๐Ÿ‘น is a vehicle for oxygen transport from the lungs to cells throughout the body. A lack of B12 can lead to anemia and shortness of breath ๐Ÿ˜ถ.

  3. You can't take too much. The governing nutritional bodies of the ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ and ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ place no limit [Tolerable Upper Intake Level] on the amount of B12 than can be consumed daily. In other words, overdose is impossible. B12 can only benefit you; any excess is simply excreted in the urine because the vitamin is water-soluble. Magic โœจ!

 The complex structure of Vitamin B12 is based on a corrin ring with cobalt, which gives the vitamin a dark red, cherry color. From MikeBlaber.org

The complex structure of Vitamin B12 is based on a corrin ring with cobalt, which gives the vitamin a dark red, cherry color. From MikeBlaber.org

 

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿค” "Is B12 really that important?"

Yes, ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ! Pay attention; this is SO important. Your brain and nerves need B12. Your red blood cells need B12. Every single cell in your body requires B12 in order to replicate its DNA. B12 also plays a crucial role in fat metabolism. Are you listening ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ? Vitamin B12 is totes crucial!

The astute ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ pondered, "Beside vegetarians and vegans, who else is at risk of a Vitamin B12 deficiency?"

Good question Jenny. The ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป and anyone with impaired intestinal absorption (e.g. Crohn's, pancreatic disease, after gastric bypass surgery) are at increased risk. Also, anyone taking these ๐Ÿ’Š is at risk:

H2-Blockers: Block acid secretion in the stomach. E.g.: famotidine [Pepcid] & ranitidine [Zantac]. Stomach acid is essential to processing and absorbing B12 from animal sources.

Proton Pump Inhibitors [PPI]: Even more potent blockers of acid secretion than H2-blockers. E.g.: omeprazole [Prilosec] and esomeprazole [Nexium].

Metformin: Oral medication used to treat diabetes.

๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ realized, "Ohhhh! I take Nexium! This must be making my B12 deficiency even worse ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜ค ๐Ÿ™„." 

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ is so ๐Ÿค“. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ.

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ "Alright already, gimme that #RedMagic! I want to feel ๐Ÿ˜Š and ๐Ÿ˜œ and ๐Ÿ˜Ž and ๐Ÿค—!"

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ rolls up her sleeve and receives a quick injection into her shoulder. Easy ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ. See you next month ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ!

 

Having a ๐Ÿ’‰ is like putting โ›ฝ๏ธ in your ๐Ÿš™ or like riding a ๐Ÿฆ„ over a ๐ŸŒˆ or like being launched on a ๐Ÿš€. Before you know it, you'll feel on top of the ๐ŸŒŽ.

 

Complimentary ๐Ÿ’‰ with your visit this month. 

So you feel ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŒท ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ โœจ ๐Ÿ’ฏ.

You're welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰.