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Supplement: Vitamin B-12

“Billions of health care dollars are being wasted on undiagnosed B-12 deficiency.”

– Sally M. Pacholok, R.N.

“Vitamin B-12 is essential for proper neurological function and deficiency can lead to irreversible damage.”

– Kevin Gianni, RenegadeHealth.com

“I just want to emphasize the point that everybody is low in B-12. It is a big problem.”

– Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

A striking 80% of us are deficient in Vitamin B-12, no matter what diet we eat.

Why should we care?

B-12 is one of the most important nutrients in our body for neurological health, brain health, and mental function. This is such an important topic I dedicated an entire 1-hour free webinar training to it at RevolutionaryWebinars.com/B12 and wrote the book, Vitamin B-12 Exposed.

“Vitamin B-12 works with folic acid in many body processes including synthesis of DNA, red blood cells and the insulation sheath (the myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve cells and facilitates the conduction of signals in the nervous system.

There are many signs of low B-12 levels. The first is low energy, sometimes coupled with depression.

Severe depletion manifests as pernicious anemia, which was invariably fatal until the discovery of B-12 in liver. But long before anemia sets in, other conditions may manifest, most often neurological problems (numbness, pins and needles sensations, a burning feeling in the feet, shaking, muscle fatigue, sleep disorders, memory loss, irrational anger, impaired mental function and Alzheimer’s) or psychological conditions (dementia, depression, psychosis and obsessive-compulsive behavior).” [1] With a B-12 deficiency, one can also have diarrhea, fever, frequent upper respiratory infections, impotence, infertility, sore tongue, enlargement of the mucous membranes of the mouth, vagina, and stomach, macrocytic anemia, low platelets, increased bleeding, low white blood cell count.[2]

Without getting into details, studies show that whether we eat organic animal products or a plant-based diet, we are extremely likely to be low in Vitamin B-12.

What to do about it? Well, read my book, B-12 Exposed. For supplementation, we are looking at human-active forms of B-12 that your body can immediately use. One of the best forms is:

METHYLCOBALAMIN

Don’t get cyanocobalamin – it is not human-active. And if you are on a plant-based diet, trust me, you can’t get B-12 from plants – they contain mostly non-human-active B-12. Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD, the world’s premier Vegan M.D., says:

It is my medical opinion, as a vegan since 1973 and live fooder since 1983, and as a person committed to supporting all those who choose to become healthy live food vegans, that it would be wise to incorporate some B-12 supplementation in your diet. I believe it is more natural to be healthy than it is to be anything less than that.” – Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

The upsides are many here. Supplementation is easy, and those who are low in B-12 that raise their levels to normal experience MASSIVE benefits to their mental and physical health. Please do not go without supplementing with B-12 as a Life Practice.

Again, go to the free 1-hour webinar training at RevolutionaryWebinars.com/B12. It will be time incredibly well invested.

Cacao (Chocolate)

Cacao is a brain food par excellence. One of the best books on the subject comes from a colleague of mine in the plant-based nutrition community, David Wolfe, in his book Naked Chocolate. I highly recommend his book to get you excited about truly raw organic cacao and chocolate. What follows are excerpts from Naked Chocolate on how cacao can feed your brain and enhance your HyperLearning mind.

Nutritional Highlights

Phenylethylamine (PEA)

PEA is a chemical in cacao that increases the activity of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) in parts of the brain that control our ability to pay attention and stay alert. Elevated PEA levels occur when we are captivated by a good book, movie, or project; this happens specifically during those moments when we are so focused that we lose all track of time, food, and the outside world.

PEA is noticeably abundant in the brains of happy people. Chocolate has been found to contain up to 2.2% phenylethylamine (PEA).

Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical)

A neurotransmitter called anandamide (n-arachidonoylethanolamine), has been isolated in cacao in quantities significant enough to affect the brain. Anandamide is a cannabinoid naturally found in the human brain. Anandamide is a lipid (fat) known as “the bliss chemical” because it is released while we are feeling great.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors)

These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters such as anandamide, dopamine, etc. to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthening and rejuvenation.

MAO inhibitors make one younger as they allow more neurotransmitters to remain in the bloodstream. A primary phenomenon that separates children from adults is the level of neurotransmitters in the blood and bodies of children. Generally, as one remains on the planet longer and longer, the level of neurotransmitters decreases. This creates physical rigidity, less creativity, less joy, and more aging! Cacao, being an MAO inhibitor, keeps plenty of neurotransmitters in circulation and thus stops this phenomenon from ever occurring.

Nature’s Prozac (Anti-Depressant Properties of Cacao)

As we have noted, cacao is one of nature’s richest sources of magnesium, which is a heart as well as brain mineral. Cacao is also a great source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, three well-studied neurotransmitters, which help alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of well being. Cacao contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that improve our mood because they allow serotonin and dopamine to remain in the bloodstream longer without being broken down. Cacao contains anandamide which delivers blissful feelings. Cacao also contains B vitamins, which are associated with brain health. All this makes cacao a natural prozac!

So get David Wolfe’s book, Naked Chocolate. If you are excited to get into the alchemy of making cacao drinks, here is my personal recipe, Cacao d’Arco Rain:

Cacao D’Arco Rain

By David Rainoshek, M.A. at www.JuiceFeasting.com

Ingredients:

  • Good Earth Original Tea, 2-4 bags
  • Pau D’Arco Tea, 2-4 bags
  • 1.5 quarts water
  • 1 ¼ cups total of a mix of: Sesame Seeds, Hemp Seeds, and Pumpkin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla Bean or 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 heaping T Maca
  • 1 T Bee Pollen Granules
  • 1 T Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 1 T Raw Carob Powder
  • 8 T Ground Raw Cacao!
  • 1-3 Bananas, to taste

Directions:

Make a tea using nearly 2 quarts of water with 2 bags of Good Earth Original tea and 2 bags of Pau D’Arco tea.

Turn off the water after it boils, and allow all the tea to steep in the water as it cools to a slightly warm temp for 4+ hours. Remove the tea bags.

To a Vitamix container, add 1 cup of nuts or seeds. My favorites for this cacao recipe are sesame, hemp seed, and pumkin seed.

Pour the slightly warm tea into the Vitamix. Blend and then strain to make nut mylk.

Pour the delicious Good Earth/Pau D’Arco nut mylk back into the Vitamix, and add:

  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Guarana
  • 1 Vanilla Bean or 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 heaping T Maca
  • 1 T Bee Pollen Granules
  • 1 T Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 1 T Raw Carob Powder
  • 8 T Ground Raw Cacao!
  • 1-3 Bananas, to taste

Blend well and drink slightly warm in a small bowl. To go further, drink this beverage with a bowl of the southeast asian fruit, Durian! This drink, combined with Durian, really will fill you with joy and love, clear and open your mind, focus your concentration, and make all your friends and loved ones irresistibly curious about nutrient dense cacao-infused superfood nutrition.

Coffee

The very aroma of hot coffee brewing stimulates our senses and perks up the neurons in our brain. But does this mean we can use coffee specifically to enhance HyperLearning, and if so, how? In what ways does it benefit short-term memory? Long-term memory? Physical Health?

We will break this section down into:

Short-Term Memory, Long-Term Memory, Physical Health Effects, and Skillful Use of Coffee

Short-Term Memory

We all know that coffee can be quick pick-me-up, and though long term reliance on caffeine can contribute to imbalances that would ultimately have a negative effect on learning, research shows that when used infrequently, caffeine can offer a boost to our short term memory.

In a study that was presented at an annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, researchers demonstrated that caffeine modulates short-term working memory, allowing participants in the study to make correct replies to simple questions about what they had been presented with.

Finally on short-term memory research and coffee, it has been found that while multitasking on multiple unrelated items and drinking coffee, mental performance is diminished. What does this mean?

Coffee works best for short-term memory when not used everyday, and when you drink it, do so in the context of no distractions so you can focus on the one task at hand. THEN you will find coffee helps with information processing, recall, creativity, and mental focus for a good 45 minute burst of learning, research, creativity, or productivity.

Long-Term Memory

There is mixed research on coffee in the long term. Some studies suggest that it may have benefits and others suppose the opposite. If you are looking for a good place to start finding out more about the long-term effects that coffee can have on cognition, you can start here:

http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2009/10/24/does-coffee-boost-brain-cognitive-functions-over-time/

Physical Health Effects

I have a HUGE file on this topic, which you can access for free here:

David Rainoshek’s Coffee file

The long and short of it is that regular use of coffee beyond a cup 2-3 days a week for healthy people who are not pregnant… is not advisable. Overuse of coffee to get you going is both a symptom of underlying health conditions (such as low thyroid function, unstable blood sugar, dehydration) and a contributing factor of health challenges (arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disorders, hypothyroidism, candidiasis, cardiovascular disease).

That being said, in the context of a healthy diet and lifestyle, coffee can be enjoyable and skillfully used to enhance short-term learning.

Skillful Use of Coffee

For many people reading this book, your Coffee consumption could probably stand to be reduced. The power that a cup a coffee can have to aid you in really focusing on a project with incredible intensity, is greatly diminished by consistent or habitual use.

That said, be aware that the effect of caffeine on brain function is greatest 20 minutes after consuming and dissipates about 45 minutes thereafter. So when you have a specific need to be intensely focused on one task – uninterrupted – for 20 to 45 minutes, a cup of coffee may just do the trick.

That being said, Coffee is not in the lofty category of Green Tea, which can be had many times a day, every day, with immense benefits, as you will now see.

Green Tea

This is a miracle superfood that addresses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Benefit one and you improve all. The research on Green Tea is extensive, and positive in its effects on:

  • Longevity
  • Memory and Learning
  • Weight Control
  • Skin Protection
  • Lowering Cholesterol
  • Managing Diabetes and Blood Glucose Levels
  • Preventing Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Preventing Stroke
  • Reducing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Exercise Endurance
  • Oxygenation
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Bone Health
  • Preventing Tooth Decay
  • Reducing Arthritis Inflammation
  • Liver Protection
  • Gastrointestinal Health

A great post on these benefits, with linked research, can be found here:

Green Tea: The Marvelous Drink

Specifically for Memory and Learning, in Japan there was revealed[3] that high green tea drinking maintains cognitive function. Also, green tea consumption may enhance learning and memory ability.[4]

The main components of green tea that are thought to work on improving brain function are polyphenols, epigalochatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a very strong antioxidant. The high use of oxygen during the metabolic processes leads to the generation of a large number of free radicals (highly reactive molecules). EGCG can penetrate the brain’s blood barrier and is able to enact its antioxidative affects on the free radicals that cause damage in the brain.

Preparing and drinking Tea can also be a contemplative act to generate greater equanimity, groundedness, and presence of mind. There is a whole art to it, as illustrated by Osho in his wonderful book, Art of Tea.

Bottom line: Green Tea exhibits a positive effect simultaneously, both short- and long-term on multiple aspects of your health and well-being. Enjoy the heck out of it for body and brain health.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

They are called Essential Fats for a reason – and Americans don’t get nearly enough of them. Mainly we are talking about the highly lauded Omega-3 fats, found in Fish oils and some plant-based oils such as Hemp Oil and Flax Oil.

What we tend to eat are highly cooked or rancid hydrogenated vegetable oils that are loaded with too much Omega-6, and not enough Omega-3 fats. Americans are also eating meat from cows that are inhumanely raised on corn and injected with hormones, antibiotics, etc… Cows are meant to eat grass. When they do, their meat levels of healthy fats – like Omega-3, are far higher than corn-fed cows.

Why do we care about these fats? Our brain is made of fat. Our neurological system requires healthy fats. Alexis Black writes in a recent NaturalNews article:

The omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an important ingredient for optimal brain function.

Earl Mindell, RPh PhD, writes in Earl Mindell’s Supplement Bible, “There’s a reason why fish is known as brain food. It is a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid that is found in high concentration in the gray matter of the brain. DHA is instrumental in the function of brain cell membranes, which are important for the transmission of brain signals.”

By making cell membranes more fluid, omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, improve communication between the brain cells, according to Mind Boosters author Dr. Ray Sahelia. As a result, lack of omega-3 in the body can cause a communication breakdown in the brain, which is probably the last place you’d want such a breakdown to happen.

Omega-3 fatty acids are so important to the development and proper maintenance of the brain that “some scientists even postulate that it was the ingestion of omega-3 EFAs that allowed the brain to evolve to the next stage in human development,” according to Superfoods Rx authors Steven G. Pratt and Kathy Matthews. While omega-3s were abundant in our diets before the 20th century, they are now seriously lacking.[5]

Omega-3 Fats are responsible for keeping inflammation levels in your brain at bay. Why is this important?

Because inflammation is a precursor for scarring – even scarring in your brain… and this leads to insulin resistance. Insulin is produced by your body to carry carbohydrates to their destination – mainly your muscle cells, and YOUR BRAIN, which uses 25% of all the carbohydrate in your system.

If your brain has chronic levels of inflammation, it will become insulin resistant – and therefore low in carbohydrates. Your brain is not getting the nourishment that it needs, and over the years, it atrophies, like this:


Brain on Left: Alzheimer’s… Brain on Right… Normal and Healthy

Therefore, Omega-3 Rich plant and animal foods feed your brain, keep inflammation down, and that means insulin is not resisted, and can do its job in delivering carbohydrates to your brain, which uses 25% of all the carbohydrates you eat. We now know from clinical research that Alzheimer’s – as seen in the photo above, is actually Type-3 Diabetes, or insulin resistance in the brain, preventing carboydrate from feeding your brain. Here is the article:

Alzheimer’s is Really Just “Type-3 Diabetes, New Research Shows

So how to get adequate Omega-3 Fats? Integrate these nutritional elements:

  • Deep Water Fish and/or Fish Oil (Pharmaceutical Grade)
  • Vegan DHA (Omega-Zen DHA)
  • Hemp Oil
  • Flax Oil
  • Grass-Fed Beef (from Cows and Buffalo)
  • Organic Pasture-Raised Omega-3 Rich Eggs
  • Raw Organic Butter from Grass Fed Cows or Goats
  • Raw Dairy from Grass-Fed Cows or Goats

These are some of the most nutritious and delicious natural Superfoods on the planet.

Shift away from margarine, hydrogenated oils of any kind, and highly cooked oils and foods fried in vegetable oils.

Just look at those brains in the photo above. Which brain is yours now and in the future? Feed it.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is a medicinal food plant – a tree leaf that increases blood flow to the brain. It also thins the blood and increases oxygen levels, making it a superlative brain function enhancer.

According to the Doctrine of Signatures, things often look like the part of the body that they help. This is true with Ginkgo Biloba. Notice the word, “Bi-loba” such as in the two lobes of your brain.

Ginkgo Biloba also has noted Anticarcinogenic properties, and inhibits certain allergens.

Ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, and tinnitus (ringing or roaring sounds in the ears).

Today, people use ginkgo leaf extracts hoping to improve memory; to treat or help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; to decrease intermittent claudication (leg pain caused by narrowing arteries); and to treat sexual dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, and other health conditions.

It is a wild food and is a long-lived tree, which gives credence to the supposition that it is a longevity food, as well.

Ginkgo Biloba Extract, from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree, has been shown through centuries of use and many scientific studies to be a free radical scavenger and antioxidant that supports the body’s natural systems. For nearly 2800 years the Chinese have used extracts from the ginkgo biloba tree as natural medicine to treat a variety of conditions. Ginkgo contains numerous antioxidants such as the proanthocyanidins and flavonoids, that counteract free-radical activity.

Ginkgo is gaining recognition as a brain tonic that enhances memory because of its positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. Ginkgo works as a blood thinner to increase blood flow to the brain and blood vessels that supply organ systems. It also increases metabolism efficiency and boosts oxygen levels in the brain, which uses twenty percent of the body’s total oxygen.

How to Use:

You can put it on salads. You can also get it as a capsuled/bottled supplement, or make it in tea, lemonade, or in smoothies.

Holy Basil (Tulsi)

If you go to India, you will see Holy Basil (Tulsi) growing in profusion around Hindu temples. It comes in red and green varieties, both with a strong, pleasant aroma.

More clove-like than that of culinary basil, holy basil has been used for centuries to treat a variety of medical conditions including heart problems, asthma, bronchitis, arthritis and eye disorders.

Findings from various investigations suggest that holy basil might have some effects as a painkiller, a COX-II anti-inflammatory agent, an antioxidant, and as a treatment for bacterial, fungal and even viral infections. There is also evidence (again, only from animal studies) that holy basil might help control blood sugar.[6] As I wrote in the Coffee section, stable blood glucose levels are important for a stable and capable HyperLearning state.

The most compelling clinical evidence for the use of Holy Basil as an aid to HyperLearning is in its stress-reducing capabilities. A 1991 study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology compared Holy Basil to Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and found that Holy Basil was the most potent anti-stress agent of the three.

Being over stressed is a huge detriment to our ability to learn effectively. A relaxed mind is more receptive to incoming data and can more easily be directed and sustained on a particular topic.

According to the study, “Stress and cognitive function” by Bruce S McEwen and Robert M Sapolsky:

Taken to the extreme, truly prolonged exposure to stress can cause irreversible loss of hippocampal neurons, and may be relevant to the cognitive deficits seen in many aged individuals.”

Finally, a vital feature of Holy basil with regard to HyperLearning is it’s ability to help the body to better absorb oxygen. This creates not only an environment of calm in the body, but also dramatically enhances brain function.

David Winston reports:

“In my clinical practice I use holy basil to enhance cerebral circulation and memory. It can be combined with other cerebral stimulants such as rosemary, bacopa, and ginkgo to help people with menopausal cloudy thinking, poor memory, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and to speed up recovery from head trauma.”

Holy Basil is available as a fresh herb, tea, tincture, powder, and in capsules, making it very easy to use. Tulsi Tea is delicious and refreshing hot or cold. I often drink it while reading and writing.

See you next time when we continue HyperLearning Nutrition with Vitamin D: The Sunshine and Happiness Nutrient!, Coconut Oil for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Brain Neuron renewal, and more!

Stay Sharp,

David Rainoshek, M.A.

www.RevolutionaryWebinars.com


[1] Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, Ph.D. “B-12: Vital Nutrient for Good Health.” Online: http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/174-vitamin-B-12

[2] Gabriel Cousens, M.D. “The Mysterious B-12.” www.TreeofLife.nu

[3]> Kuriyama S, Hozawa A, Ohmori K, Shimazu T, Matsui T, Ebihara S, Awata S, Nagatomi R, Arai H, Tsuji I. Green tea consumption and cognitive function: the Tsurugaya Project 1. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Feb;83(2):355-61.

[4] Kaur T, Pathak CM, Pandhi P, Khanduja KL. Green tea extract and learning, memory, behavior and acetylcholinesterase activity in young and old male rats. Brain Cogn. 2007 Dec 8 PubMed

[5] Alexis Black on NaturalNews, January 2, 2006 http://www.naturalnews.com/016353_omega-3_fatty_acids_mental_health.html

[6] “Holy Basil to Combat Stress?” by Dr. Andrew Weil, online: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA346157/holy-basil-to-combat-stress.html

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