Natural sources of Vitamin B12 for vegetarians

Dried Purple Laver

The main sources of vitamin B12 are animal foods.

People who are vegetarians are at risk of becoming vitamin B12 deficient, especially if they have other factors that can cause

  • increased demand such as during pregnancy or
  • impaired absorption of the vitamin, such as after stomach or gut surgery, from long-term use of proton pump inhibitors, due to malabsorption or small bowel bacterial overgrowth, as a result of alcoholism or malnutrition due to various causes

A new study from Japan looked in detail at the various sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians. The researchers found that the highest concentration is found in:

dried purple laver, an edible seaweed called Nori in Japan, Zicai in China and Gim in Korea

Read more in their article published in the peer review journal Nutrients.

The full article can be accessed for free here:

http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/6/5/1861

Nori is easy to use. Sprinkle it over salad or make sushi are two ways to eat it raw. It’s better not to toast it as it reduces the concentration of vitamin B12.

Remember: Eat Real Food. It is always better than taking supplements.

 

Nature – the Primary Medicine for Health & Way of Being

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‘Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature Be Your Teacher’. William Worsdworth’s call to be immersed in Nature comes with a promise of a deeper understanding of life and of ourselves. In this Health-Being meeting we will explore what we can learn from Nature for our Health and our Being, but also how in the modern world, our relationship with her has created problems and challenges that we cannot afford to ignore.

Some say: ‘what use is Nature in the 21st century’? We simply reply that: the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the soil in which we grow our food determine our existence. Nature can provide us with many products to sustain and support our physical, emotional and spiritual balance. What did Hippocrates mean when he wrote: ‘a physician is first and foremost Nature’s helper’? What natural resources can we use safely to help ourselves in times of good or ill health? And what can we give back to our Mother Nature, so that she doesn’t get emptied from the energies that we so much depend on? How can we make sure that we use and not abuse our natural environment given the inextricable connection it has with human health?

If we look and listen carefully to Nature’s geometry and language, we will understand everything better. This isn’t just a ‘trend’. Our future and the future of our children depends on it.

“Health and Nature”

You are invited to the June Health Being Event.

Number of places are limited so please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to:

healthbeinginstitute@gmail.com

When? Saturday 7th of June, 11:30-13.00

Where? Society of Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, WC2N 4EA, London

Join like-minded people and come to a discussion on the theme of:

‘Health and Nature’

‘Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature Be Your Teacher’. William Worsdworth’s call to be immersed in Nature comes with a promise of a deeper understanding of life and of ourselves. In this Health-Being event we will explore what we can learn from Nature for our Health and our Being, but also how in the modern world, our relationship with her  has created problems and challenges that we cannot afford to ignore.

Some say: ‘what use is Nature in the 21st century’? We simply reply that: the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the soil in which we grow our food determine our existence. Nature can provide us with many products to sustain and support our physical, emotional and spiritual balance. What did Hippocrates mean when he wrote: ‘a physician is first and foremost Nature’s helper’? What natural resources can we use safely to help ourselves in times of good or ill health? And what can we give back to our Mother Nature, so that she doesn’t get emptied from the energies that we so much depend on? How can we make sure that we use and not abuse our natural environment given the inextricable connection it has with human health?

If we look and listen carefully to Nature’s geometry and language, we will understand everything better. This isn’t just a ‘trend’. Our future and the future of our children depends on it.

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Health & the Self: from Hippocrates to the 21st century

Health Being Institute is now on Meetup.
Join a great group of people and come to a public lecture on:
“Health & the Self: from Hippocrates to 21st century”

http://www.meetup.com/Health-Being/

When? Saturday 5th of April 1:30-3:00pm
Where? Society of Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, WC2N 4EA, London

In antiquity, from Greece to the Middle East, from India to China, there existed theories of health based on finding balance within the self and a respectful communion with Nature. Is 21st century medicine only concerned with curing disease by killing pathogens, removing tissue or tinkering with genes? Are ideas about the Self confined to psychiatry and religion? Have vital principles about health, which so interested our ancestors, been forgotten – overshadowed by the success of penicillin, the surgeon’s knife and gene therapy?

Everyone experiences periods of sickness affecting their Self, their body and mind. If we can’t help ourselves to get better we turn to doctors for help. We trust them to tell us what is wrong with our health. Their interpretations vary and so do their treatments. Over the millennia we have witnessed the development of medical theories from the East to the West in an attempt to manage the human organism. My talk will explore the essence of medicine focusing more on the Hippocratic tradition. Drawing on my research, I will highlight the Hippocratic method of distinguishing personal and lifestyle characteristics which predisposed to certain conditions, always relating them to the Environment in which the person lived. This method can inspire modern medicine to put again the individual at the centre of its attention and focus on the influence of the environment on the Self.

This meetup is for anyone of all ages interested in lifestyle and health – I look forward to meeting you.

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