Meet Jenny 👩🏼.
👋🏼 Haiii bae.
👩🏼 ❤️ 🗽.
👩🏼 lives in the West Village and works in SoHo.
👩🏼 designs the 🗽 line for a 🌎 fashion label.
With fashion week fast approaching, tensions are high. 👩🏼 needs to deliver 💯 % and nothing less.
But recently, 👩🏼 has been feeling 😴 and 😲. That's why she 📱 me.
🙍🏼 💭 ... "Why am I feeling so 💩 lately? My diet is clean: 🙅🏼 🍴 🐮 or 🐔 and I've greatly ⬇️ 🍼 and 🍳. I've been getting lots of exercise 🚴🏻 and 🏊🏻. I'm taking a 💊 of 5,000 Units of Vitamin D daily because of lack of ☀️ during the 🌬 ❄️ ⛄️. What's wrong with me?! 😒."
So, I 💼 to Jenny's 🏠. We had a detailed discussion about her symptoms, nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle. I drew her blood and 📬 the samples to the 🏥. In 48 🕓, her 📩 arrived.
The results: 👩🏼 was lacking a vitamin in her diet.
👩🏼 exclaimed, "Hold up ✋🏼 Doctor K. I eat a whole 🌱 based diet full of plump 🍑, juicy 🍉, midnight 🍆, sweet sweet 🍠 and red hot 🌶. How am I lacking a vitamin in the 🌱 based diet that you recommend?"
Fair point 👩🏼. Optimal nutrition for a human is a whole 🌱 based diet, while 🚫 🍴 those 🐷 and 🐄 and 🐣 and their milks. Unfortunately, there is one vitamin that is ONLY found in animal products like 🐮 and 🐔 and 🐟 and 🍳 and 🍼 and 🧀.
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, 🐶 🐻 🐢 🐘 🦀 are unable to produce Vitamin B12 on their own 😞; #EvolutionarilyBasic.
So where does B12 come from? Critters so tiny you'd need a 🔬. Only bacteria 👾 are able to synthesize the vitamin.
🐶 🐻 🐢 🐘 🦀 consume the vitamin directly from their bacterial environment or by eating other animals which have B12 stores.
Humans produce B12 supplements by harnessing 👾 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 👅🌱 and especially people who 👅🌱and🙅🏼🍼 🍳 are at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans should definitely supplement.
The supplement options are a daily 💊 or monthly 💉. Oral supplementation requires the digestive tract to digest and absorb the vitamin, whereas the injectable form bypasses the intestine and delivers 💯 % of the vitamin to the body. This is Red Magic.
B12 is considered Red Magic because:
It's red in color. The red color comes from the chemical structure of a corrin ring and cobalt ion (graphic below).
Every single cell in the body requires it, especially the brain, nervous system and red blood cells like this guy 👹. The 👹 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 😶.
You can't take too much. The governing nutritional bodies of the 🇺🇸 and 🇪🇺 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 ✨!