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How Much Supplemental Vitamin D Do I Need?


Many people have been found to have insufficient levels of Vitamin D, some factors that could affect the body’s synthesis of the vitamin may include;

  • No use of supplementation
  • Not enough sun exposure
  • Cloud cover
  • Smog
  • Sunscreens

“Most people in the U.S. and Canada — from age 1 to age 70 — need to consume no more than 600 international units of vitamin D a day to maintain health” stated Dr. Joann Manson of Harvard Medical School. Meanwhile, other researchers and doctors have argued that those seeking to reduce bone-fracture risk and reap possible benefits for disease prevention should take supplements of 1,000 to 2,000 IUs daily. Read more

Alzheimer’s: Can You Lower Your Risk?

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Just because people are getting older and memory doesn’t always serve them as well as a young brain would, does not necessarily mean that they will develop Alzheimer’s at any severity or even at all.  There are several ways of maintaining and regulating normal brain activity thus reducing the risk of the cognitive disorder.

Even simple things such as walking or participating in regular physical activities, maintaining an active social life and challenging the brain with new mental stimuli, will encourage the generation of new brain cells, Read more

Lesser Known Benefits of Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is well known for its overall health benefits, but benefits are not extended only to overall muscle and bone health.

Arlyn G. Riskind conducted experiments to assess the effects of Vitamin D and weight loss. Participants with higher levels of Vitamin D at the start of a low-calorie diet showed greater weight loss success. Read more

Why Are So Many Americans B-12 Deficient?


The American diet has changed drastically in the last fifty years. Although many tout the availability of pre-packaged foods, the longer shelf-life, and the more appealing appearance of foods as a positive step, essential nutrients like vitamin B-12 may be lost. Chemicals, additives, and the entire process in which food progresses as it travels from farm to table, strips it of the most useful vitamins and minerals each of our bodies need. But this is not the only reason so many of us suffer from a lack of B-12.

Recent research and a rash of new medical conditions have encouraged us to really look at what we are eating, and what is in our food. Many of us have decided to become vegan, and eliminate animal, fish, and dairy products from our diets. Although this process can be beneficial in some ways, veganism is widely know to cause vitamin B-12 deficiency since dairy, fish, and animal proteins are the main source of this vitamin in our diet.

As we age, the lowering of vitamin B-12 is common, and can be exacerbated by inadequate stomach acid. This acid is required to liberate B-12 from foods, and carry it throughout the body so it can be utilized most efficiently. Folks over fifty are the largest consumers of acid reducers, proton pump inhibitors, and other medications that reduce the amount of stomach acid. However, use of these pain relievers cause the reduction of the essential stomach acid, and therefore less B-12 availability.

Diabetes is on the rise, and the medications used to treat this common disease can affect how well your body absorbs vitamin B-12.  Other conditions that can affect the availability and utilization of B-12 are gastritis, Chron’s disease, Celiac disease, pernicious anemia, and surgical removal of a portion of the stomach or small intestine, like bariatric surgery. Because vitamin B-12 is essential to cognitive and neurological functions of the body, a reduction can cause serious secondary conditions that left untreated, may become life threatening. Considered the “invisible epidemic” by a growing number of experts, vitamin B-12 deficiency is becoming more researched, and better treated.  Because a lack of B-12 mimics several other conditions, low levels of vitamin B-12 are not an early consideration for many of us.

By far, the most common reason for B-12 deficiency is poor diet. Consuming less processed foods and eating more organic foods from local growers and farmers is the best way to maintain a healthy level of vitamin B-12. Making sure to enjoy a wide variety of foods is also essential, since the protein-bound B-12 utilizes this mechanism to travel throughout the body. Fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats, and whole grains provide the greatest defense against a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Couple that with the knowledge of the importance of this hormone, and you have a great start on maintaining healthy levels of vitamin B-12. Adding a good quality vitamin B-12 supplement to your diet is an excellent way to ensure you are getting precisely what you need. Your health depends on it.

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency


Cobalimin deficiency. Although this condition may not sound familiar to you by its clinical name, you may recognize the common term: vitamin B12 deficiency.  So what is it? And how do you know if you have it?

Vitamin B12 is essential to the human body and controls many important functions including working with the B vitamin folate to create the genetic material of our bodies. This powerhouse also assists in keeping homocysteine, an amino acid that helps decrease the risk of heart disease, in check. The creation of red blood cells depend on vitamin B12 as an essential element of its production, and these cells are the vehicle that carries oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Although not necessarily life threatening in the short term, lack of B12 may cause permanent damage to nervous tissue if it is left untreated indefinitely. There are many causes leading up to an insufficient level of B12 including atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, Chron’s disease, surgery, acid-reducing drugs, lupus, Graves’ disease, and even excessive alcohol consumption. Vegetarians may also experience this deficiency since animal products provide the best source of B12. Since heart disease remains the leading killer of adults in theUnited States, correcting low levels of B12 can become a very important step in taking control of your health.

An important study completed by the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study found that nearly forty percent of adults between the ages of 26 and 83 have B12 levels in the low normal range. Surprisingly, low levels were just as common in younger folks as those that are considered elderly. Those issues we consider normal in adults over sixty years of age, like decreased mobility, memory loss, and cognitive decline, may actually be attributable to low levels of vitamin B12.

So why is it so difficult for many of us to discover a vitamin B12 deficiency? Well, it is very easy to miss the signs of vitamin B12 deficiency since the symptoms may be similar to other seemingly non-related conditions. Developmental disorders, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, many forms of mental illness, autism, cancer, infertility in both men and women, and autoimmune disease may all mimic vitamin B12 deficiency.

A prolonged period of vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, and may present in many ways as the anemia worsens. A sore tongue, pale thin skin, bleeding gums, easy bruising or bleeding, diarrhea, constipation, rapid heartbeat, light-headedness, weakness, fatigue, stomach upset, and weight loss are all signs that you may be at risk for low levels of B12. Although these are not the only symptoms, they are the most common when diagnosing a deficiency of this essential vitamin.

So what do you do if you believe you may suffer from this condition? Take heart, pun intended, and know that a vitamin B12 deficiency can be corrected with the right treatment regimen, and early detection. Let’s get started!

Best Form of B-12


Congratulations on taking control of your health, and making the decision to add a vitamin B12 supplement to your daily regimen. Researching the best kind of vitamin B12 can be confusing, but armed with the right information, you can make the right decisions on taking this all-important vitamin. Now you can choose which is the best form of B12 to use.

There are numerous types that claim to be vitamin B12, but you must be very careful not to simply use the first option you find. In fact, there is only one form that should be used in the vast majority of cases: Methylcobalamin. At this point you may be thinking “That seems simple enough. I’ll just ask for that”. Not quite as easy as it seems as there are literally hundreds of options on the market.

There is a generic term for the class of compounds known as Cobalimins. What are Cobalamins? Vitamin B12. But there are many forms and types of Cobalamin, including cyanocobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, and methylcobalamin. But not all of them are created equal, and there is definitely a best choice. Making the correct choice is critical to improving your health.

Hands down, the best choice is methylcobalimin. Why? This form of B12 is technically a ‘coenzyme’ of the vitamin and is superior due to its effectiveness, availability, price point, and choice of applications. Folks who tend to avoid needles may get this in a sublingual formulation, and those who prefer an injectable have that option. Methylcobalimin also provides many benefits that are not available with the other types of Cobalimins, especially with regard to degenerative neurologic problems. In fact, it is one of the only promising treatments for these types of illnesses. It is the form found in our foods, and is more readily available for the body to utilize. Another little known benefit is that mehylcobalamin helps remove toxins from the body, and helps guard against harmful environmental pollutants. Children with autism respond particularly well to this type of vitamin B12 as they may suffer from methylation detoxification problems. Surprisingly, however, it is the least prescribed form of vitamin B12 due to the newness of the research and the lack of widely available information.

The worst choice? Cyanocobalamin. This form must be used in higher doses to get the same effectiveness as methylcobalimin, and is completely ineffective in many cases. Some medical experts, like Dr. AG Freeman in 1970, highly recommended that cyanocobalamin be removed from the market permanently because of its lack of positive attributes. The most disturbing fact is that this is the most common form of vitamin B12 prescribed in theUnited States.

Finally, hydroxocobalamin is the vitamin B12 that is more effective than cyanocobalamin, but not nearly as much as the hylcobalimin. It is typically prescribed when the availability is in question, or there is little knowledge of other options on the market.

Take control of your own health by making the best choice for vitamin B12. After all, your well being depends on it!

Benefits of Vitamin B-12 Supplements


There are many benefits of taking vitamin B-12 supplements, especially when you learn you may have a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Many people take a B-12 supplement as part of their daily vitamin regimen to ensure they are maximizing their health and aiding in their body functioning at its peak. Known as the “energy” vitamin, B-12 has experience a surge in popularity the last few years as more and more people learn of the benefits of taking it. But what exactly does a vitamin B-12 supplement do?

First, B-12 aids in digestion. Because it is a protein-bound vitamin, it attaches to proteins as they travel through the digestive tract to ensure their absorption by the body. B-12 also assists in clearing the path of the intestines so that toxins and other non-essentials are removed from the body. People with Crohn’s disease find this especially beneficial, as they tend to be extra sensitive to the elimination process.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of adults in the U.S., and more and more people are learning of the benefits of vitamin B12 in protecting against it. B12 can curb, and even improve, unhealthy cholesterol levels, while also protecting against related conditions such as high blood pressure, and even stroke. The second biggest killer is cancer of varying types, and vitamin B12 assists in the prevention of lung, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Are you starting to see the immense benefits of B12?

We’re just getting started.

The central nervous system is the key to managing the functions of the human body, and vitamin B12 is essential in keeping it running smoothly. Depression, shrinking of the brain, and even stress are reduced when proper levels of vitamin B-12 are maintained.

Vitamin B-12 improves energy levels, and has a long history of providing a boost for those suffering from fatigue. The mechanism for this is complex, but put simply; vitamin B-12 helps remove toxins from the body, and keeps the central nervous system running consistently. It is necessary to help the body convert carbohydrates into usable glucose, which is at the core of the body’s energy stores. This combination allows folks to feel more energetic, but it does not happen as quickly as many manufacturers of B-12 claim. The replacement of lost B-12, and recovery of those organs and functions of the body it affects take varying amounts of time. Increased energy is a big advantage, but typically is not experienced instantly.

Next, this essential vitamin aids in the reproductive process by increasing the motility of sperm in men, and stabilizing homocysteine levels in women. Increasing levels of B-12 have helped many couples overcome infertility, and significantly lowered the incidence of miscarriage when they do become pregnant. Since vitamin B-12 is safe to take before, during, and after conception, it is becoming one of the most widely utilized vitamins during couples of childbearing age.

More and more people are choosing a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle, and as a result are experiencing lower levels of B12. If these levels drop too low, they can create a deficiency, which can manifest as a host of health problems. Because vitamin B12 can be found primarily in animal and dairy based foods, eliminating these forms of protein can cause a risk to vegans. Taking a vitamin B12 supplement can help replenish the necessary levels, and ensure each persons bodily needs are being met.

Let’s not forget how “beautiful” vitamin B12 can be. This powerhouse is essential in skin cell renewal, which prevents us from looking old before our time. Healthy hair, skin, and nails can all be traced back to proper levels of B12 in the body. Move over fancy face creams and pricey hair potions!

Finally, vitamin B12 supplements can aid in the production of the hormone melatonin. Since the discovery of melatonin in the late 1950’s, researchers have learned that it regulates many of the other hormones of the human body. Most notably, melatonin regulates our circadian rhythm; the 24-hour patterns that keep our bodies on schedule. The daily release of this hormone is stimulated by darkness, and prepares our bodies for rest. Once the body is rested, melatonin preps the body for waking and light, and provides us regulation for the remainder of the day. When vitamin B12 levels are low, melatonin levels can become low and greatly affect the daily cycle of life.

There are many benefits of taking a vitamin B12 supplement in addition to these that we have listed. However, these are the most widely researched and accepted, and provide great reasons for each of us to take B12. What are you waiting for?

The Product Formerly Known As Red _____ Krill Oil


The folks over at Google have the best of intentions. Like most rational people, they are opposed to the slaughter of certain marine mammals. (You know.. like Moby Dick.)

Because of this, G makes it a point to flag any site offering what might be products derived from those marine mammals, such as any kind of oil or blubber. Which is a great and noble thing to do, right?

Absolutely. Unless, of course, that policing is done exclusively by computers and not by actual human beings. Because computers can’t tell that a KRILL oil product named after a red marine mammal that doesn’t exist in real life is, in fact.. Krill oil. Not Marine Mammal oil, of the red or blue or any other color variety.

Where’d That Name Come From, Anyway?

On occasion we’ve gotten questions about where the name came from to start with. Apparently it is a bit confusing for some.

The Blue W&*#!$ is the largest mammal. And it lives exclusively on Krill. Krill eat astaxanthin, and of course there is extra astaxanthin in Red _____ Krill Oil. Astaxanthin is what gives salmon and flamingos their reddish orange color.

So the theory goes, if a Blue ____ ate THIS krill oil he’d turn red. Hey, SOMEBODY thought it was clever. Maybe too clever, who knows.

A Bit TOO Clever

Because of this, Google has taken issue with our site. And several others that either offer or speak of Red ___ Krill Oil. It all boils down to the “W” word. Seems you just can’t use that word if you’re talking about any kind of oil. It’s just too close for comfort.

We could fight them on this. We could go through their review process and get an actual human being to look us over and determine that we are NOT advocating the slaughter of marine mammals or the sale of their oil.

But in a couple weeks another “googlebot” is going to flag us again and we’ll have to start the process all over. So, if we want people to be able to find us on today’s internet, we have to pretty much do what the Big G wants done.

This is why, from now on, the product formerly known as Red W*&#! Krill Oil will be known as, well, Red _____ Krill Oil.

And, so everyone knows: No Marine Mammals Were Harmed During The Production Of This Product.

Carry on. 🙂


Foundation Multivitamin: A Mistake YOU Can Benefit From


One of the hurdles every product has to jump before it can be RTRGeek Approved (or aPP-aPProved by our friends over there) is that it must pass independent 3rd-party testing to verify the claims on the label are accurate.

Well the most recent shipment of The Foundation™ Multivitamin fell a little short of this hurdle.

When the testing came back, it was discovered that the tablets contained less of a handful of ingredients than the formula calls for, and the printed labels claimed.

What To Do Now?

Believe it or not, there are plenty of companies who would have said “oh, well, it’s close enough!” and sold the bottles anyway. But for a company with integrity that wasn’t an option.

Option #2 was to return all the bottles to the manufacturer (who has conducted a pretty thorough investigation and figured out how this happened, so it will NOT happen again) for a refund. Unfortunately, that would mean several hundred bottles would wind up clogging up a landfill somewhere.

So aPP got creative and came up with Option #3, which they (and we) think is a win-win for everyone.

You see, the ingredients that tested low are still above RDA. The testing did not discover any ingredients that shouldn’t be there – no toxins or yeast or bacteria or any of the other things routinely tested for. All in all, this is still a better quality supplement than the multivitamin you can buy at your corner drugstore.

It’s still a very GOOD vitamin. It’s just not the awesomely GREAT one it’s supposed to be.

The Solution: A Bargain!

So the folks at aPP had some new labels printed which reflect the actual content of the tablets in these bottles as borne out by two rounds (the second to confirm the first) of 3rd party testing.

And now, they’re offering these bottles at an incredibly low discounted price to move them quickly. It’s still going to be several weeks before a new run of The Foundation™ is completed (and tested) so for now this is a fantastic opportunity to do 3 things:

  1.  Get a super, above-average quality multivitamin at a bargain-basement price
  2.  Help keep these bottles out of a landfil
  3.  Make sure aPP doesn’t wind up losing money for doing the right thing. (They can’t get a refund from the manufacturer if they don’t return the shipment. So either they sell them to cover costs or ship them back to become landfill fodder).

Find out how to take advantage of this situation here


The D Is For Defense: How Diet and Vitamin D Defend Against Cancer


Cancer does not discriminate. It can come out of nowhere and change any of our lives on any given day – regardless of our age, gender, or race. With the World Health Organization (WHO) attributing cancer to up to 7.6 million deaths each year, we’ve all most likely been impacted by cancer in some way. Whether we’ve been diagnosed and battled the disease ourselves, or we’ve had to watch a loved one’s struggle.

While we all cling to the hope of a cure emerging someday, all we are armed with right now is a greater understanding of the disease as more and more science emerges.

It is estimated that up to 30% of cancer deaths can be linked to how we live – lifestyle factors like our diet, lack of exercise, poor weight management, and things like tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption are major contributors.

For example, when people think of the health complications that come with obesity, they tend to think of things that come with being out of shape. Conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. Very few people realize that being overweight can increase the likelihood of cancer by as much as 40 percent.

So what can we do to defend against cancer? Well, aside from making ourselves crazy by fixating on every potential cancer causer we read or hear about, we can focus on what we CAN control rather than what we CANNOT.

How about this? When we think of defense against cancer, remember the “D” is for proper diet and maintaining optimal Vitamin D levels.

We can make sure our diets include plenty of cancer-fighting foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, avocados, and dark leafy green vegetables like spinach, collards, kale, mustard greens, and romaine lettuce. Spices like curcumin have anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. Garlic doesn’t just fight off vampires, it also helps our cells fight off cancer. The antioxidant benefits of drinking green tea and eating superfoods like blueberries are also beneficial in thwarting off cancer.

Another line of defense is making sure our Vitamin D levels are optimal. Although it is present in a limited amount of food sources, our primary source of Vitamin D comes from exposure to sunlight. Our body converts this inactive form into a usable form that actually acts more like a hormone than a vitamin. However, for a number of reasons, many people today aren’t getting enough daily sunlight exposure. The result of this is suboptimal Vitamin D levels.

We are learning more every day about the risks associated with Vitamin D deficiency. 25% of the U.S. population has a severe Vitamin D deficiency, while half of all men and women in the country have lower than desired levels.

Just a few years ago, the optimal level of Vitamin D was considered to be anywhere from 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). That recommended level has now been increased to 50-80 ng/ml. Even higher amounts of 80-100 ng/ml are recommended to anyone treating cancer or heart disease.

Vitamin D interacts with one in every 25 genes in our body. Being deficient in Vitamin D puts at a greater risk of developing cancer since our genetic infrastructure is compromised. Our immune system is also weakened, making our body less capable of defending against viruses, bacteria, and cancer. When it comes to cancer, the body is unable to destroy precancerous cells and prevent them from developing into cancer.

Although lacking a quality clinical trial as evidence, Vitamin D researchers have suggested that up to 70 percent of breast cancer cases may be preventable if optimal Vitamin D levels are maintained.

According to the Vitamin D Council, the human body needs anywhere from 3,000 IU to 5,000 IU of Vitamin D for optimum health. D3 is the most effective form for health benefits. Since being in the sun every day, year-round, just isn’t possible for most people, in addition to it being risky due to skin cancer, supplementation just may be the best way to go for anyone who doesn’t work outside every day.