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She Was Growing Concerned About her Memory Problems – Luckily Her Doctor Ran This Test


unnamed (1) Nearly 50% of older adults have a hidden vitamin deficiency that causes “old age” symptoms like memory loss, confusion, fatigue and depression. Yet tragically, many people assume there’s nothing they can do about these symptoms, and doctors often miss their true underlying cause.

Take a minute to read Ilsa K.’s story. It’s a real eye-opener when it comes to “hopeless” memory loss:

At 85, Ilsa K.’s future was looking bleaker by the minute.[1] She couldn’t remember names of close relatives. She had trouble recalling what she had done and where she had been just hours before. She was forgetting what day it was. She was growing more agitated.

Her worried daughter took her to a memory clinic, where everyone’s worst fears were confirmed, and she was given a prescription, which her daughter believed made her problems worse.

The story could’ve ended there, with an aging mother losing touch with reality and a heartbroken family helplessly standing by.

Thank goodness it didn’t.

Luckily, the memory clinic also tested Ilsa for vitamin B12 and the results caught her doctor’s eye. Her blood levels were well below normal, so he began B12 treatment immediately.

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle.

Within days, Ilsa’s brain “woke up.” She became less agitated. Her confusion went away. As her daughter recounts, “I felt I had my mother back, and she feels a lot better, too.”

Two years later, Ilsa was still independent and living in her New York home without outside assistance. Vitamin B12 did the trick!

Thankfully, Ilsa and her daughter learned the truth about B12 deficiency before it was too late. Millions of other people are not so lucky…

Is There An “Ilsa” in Your Family? Could It Happen to You?

Right now, millions of American adults suffer the effects of low B12 and don’t even know it.

They think they’re “just getting older” or worse — like Ilsa — they are misdiagnosed by their doctor with conditions like advanced cognitive decline… depression… fatigue… insomnia… balance disorders… jaundice… paresthesia (that pins-and-needles tingling)… and others — and then are given drugs that don’t fix the problem and may make it worse.

How bad is it? B12 deficiency now affects nearly 50% of older adults.[2,3] Nearly 40% of all adults are flirting with deficiency status and may already be suffering symptoms as a result. [4] It’s so frequently missed by doctors that the Centers for Disease Control has rushed out a special course for physicians called “Why Vitamin B12 Deficiency Should Be On Your Radar Screen.” [5] I say, don’t wait for your doctor to bring it up…

It’s High Time Low B12 Was On Your Radar Screen

I read about Ilsa in The New York Times, so I’m glad the mainstream media is finally catching on to an urgent problem I’ve been warning my readers about for years. The word is getting out:

  • Tufts Nutrition News, Summer 2013: “Being even mildly deficient in vitamin B12 may put older adults at a greater risk for accelerated cognitive decline.”[6]
  • Dr. David Katz of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in 2012: “B12 is the most important nutrient you aren’t thinking about…B12 deficiency can mimic all of the effects of aging.”[7]
  • The Mayo Clinic Health Letter, September 2013: “B12 deficiency is common, with troubling symptoms…that are similar to many other problems related to growing older.”[8]
  • The Harvard Medical School’s health blog January 10th, 2013: “B12 deficiency can be sneaky, harmful and is relatively common, especially among older people.”[9]
  • The famous Dr. Mehmet Oz, recently devoted an episode of his TV show to “America’s B12 Deficiency” [10] and why this is a national crisis in the making.

The media is finally taking notice, but they’re still missing one big part of the picture … and it might be the most important health-boosting factor of all: You need the right kind of B12 to fix this problem, because most B12 supplements barely work.

Please read on for the full B12 story you’re not getting from the medical establishment. I’ll answer the $64 question: How can B12 deficiency be so widespread in the richest and best-fed nation in the world? This is crucial, because you could be at risk even if you eat a healthy diet.

I’ll also explain why the B12 found in most multivitamins and fortified foods simply won’t deliver optimal results no matter how much you take, but first…

Beware These 6 Red Flags: How Low B12 Can Happen to Anyone

B12 deficiency is part nature, part our own doing. For many people, it’s the result of multiple factors coming together in a “perfect storm” of trouble. Here’s why it is so easy to become dangerously low on this vital nutrient.

Red Flag #1: You’re over 50.

Experts agree that B12 absorption decreases with age. That’s why B12 is “one of the few vitamins Mayo Clinic experts routinely recommend for older adults.”[11]

You see, B12 must first link up with a protein called intrinsic factor (IF), which is produced in your stomach. IF levels drop with age…which is why your B12 levels can plummet even when your diet remains the same.

Red Flag #2: You take certain common medications.

Antacids, ulcer drugs or proton-pump inhibitors can trigger B12 deficiency because they block IF production. Likewise with aspirin and other medications that affect the stomach.

Even diabetes drugs like metformin can trigger B12 deficiency. Indeed, research has documented the link between metformin, low B12 and impaired cognitive performance.[12]

Red Flag #3 and #4: Your diet and alcohol intake

Dietary B12 only comes from meat, poultry and seafood. So vegetarians are at risk — but so are folks who have simply cut back on their meat for health reasons, which is a lot of us! Plus, if you drink alcohol regularly, your ability to absorb B12 will be reduced.

Red Flag #5 and #6: Intestinal problems and surgery

Conditions like IBS, Crohn’s, celiac disease, enteritis and food intolerances block B12 uptake at the receptor site. Plus any gastric surgery can reduce absorption, because it can eliminate stomach cells that produce intrinsic factor.

It’s a wonder we absorb any B12 when the deck is stacked against us. It takes powerful B12 support to turn the tide, so it’s important to know how to get it.

Multivitamins and “B12 Fortified” Foods Simply Won’t Do

Many people think their B12 needs are met by taking a multivitamin or eating fortified breakfast cereal. They are sadly mistaken. Taking just any old multivitamin for low B12 is like trying to fill a swimming pool with a teaspoon.

First, the B12 in multivitamins may not even work.[13] Research shows that the form of B12 found in many multivitamins may chemically interact with the other nutrients in the multivitamin and could be entirely ineffective by the time you take it… and possibly harmful.

Even if it remains stable, there’s a huge gulf between what you ingest and what you absorb. A lack of intrinsic factor could reduce your oral B12 absorption to as little as 1%.[14]

That means even a multivitamin that claims 1,000% RDA may only provide a tiny fraction of what you need. That false sense of security can have terrible consequences, and here’s an example from a colleague of mine.

His father-in-law, Bob, began struggling with memory problems, confusion, and fatigue. Bob was in his early 80s, had cut back on meat to control cholesterol, and had started taking a proton-pump inhibitor drug a few months earlier. Red flags everywhere!

My friend bought him a bottle of B12, but Bob waved it off: “I don’t need it!” he thundered, “I get over 400% RDA in my multivitamin. That’s more than enough!”

Bob knew nothing about common B12 absorption problems. He had no idea his age, medicine and low-meat diet made him a prime candidate for deficiency.

And he had no clue that B12 is entirely safe even at the relatively large daily doses needed to offset absorption problems. As The Mayo Clinic Health Letter says: “You can’t overdose on vitamin B12, as it’s not toxic.”[15]

That’s why nationally known experts like Dr. Hyla Cass, M.D. of UCLA believe that the older you get, the more likely you’ll need to take significantly more B12 to offset absorption problems. Research shows it may take at least 200 times the current low RDA in order to successfully address B12 deficiency.[16]

There may be millions of people who, like Bob, believe they’re getting ample B12 when they’re not even close. When you consider what they’re missing, it’s more than a shame: it’s a tragedy!

B12 Is Crucial As You Age Because It Does SO MUCH to Keep You Young

Why is ample B12 so important? First and foremost, you need B12 for normal DNA replication in every cell in your body. It helps you constantly generate healthy new cells that keep your body vibrant and your mind razor-sharp.

When B12 is low, your body can’t produce enough new cells. That’s why B12 deficiency starts aging you practically overnight. It triggers all the bad physical and mental effects of growing old at the most fundamental cellular level.

If DNA replication were B12’s only job, it would still be one of the most crucial nutrients of all. But B12 is the most biologically active vitamin by far. It also helps your body:

  • Convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. This is why B12 is known as the “energy vitamin,” and why extra B12 can help you enjoy greater energy, motivation and mental focus almost immediately.
  • Regulate sleep cycles. Fixing a deficiency can help you sleep soundly again, so you get the rest you need and wake up refreshed every day.
  • Keep nerve cells healthy and communicating with each other in an optimal manner, which is critical for brain health and good physical balance as you age.
  • Neutralize dangerous homocysteine in your blood, to protect your heart, bones, vision, and hearing from this well-known health destroyer.
  • Keep your immune system working at its best, to help keep you healthy and illness-free even during cold-and-flu season.
  • Manufacture red blood cells, which are needed to prevent anemia.
  • Produce serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter that helps to prevent depression. (Not surprisingly, multiple studies have found a link between low B12 and depression.[17, 18])

Who knew B12 did so much? Now YOU do, and that leaves one important decision to make…

What Kind of B12 Should You Take?

Many people who learn about low B12 make the big mistake of grabbing the first B12 they see at the supermarket. That’s like running 99 yards on your way to a touchdown and then fumbling the ball at the one-yard line.

Here’s why. The shelves are stacked with cheap, low-grade cyanocobalamin B12. This is the most difficult form of B12 for your body to absorb. Sure — it’s cheap for the manufacturers. But not a good deal for you — especially when you’re trying to overcome absorption problems in the first place!

I knew there had to be a better way — and I was determined to find it. I wanted optimal B12 results, so I researched B12 exhaustively and explored every option.

And as a result, I ended up developing a high-potency B12 supplement called MAX-B12™, working with the Scientific Advisory Board at my nutritional supplement company, Stop Aging Now. We’ve been making premium grade nutritional supplements for over 20 years, and MAX-B12 has become one of our bestsellers.

To learn more about MAX-B12 and get special pricing and free shipping, use this link.

The fast-acting power of MAX-B12 may actually surprise you. It’s so quickly absorbed into your bloodstream in its active B12 state that you’ll feel greater energy and mental focus within minutes.

MAX-B12 may cost the same or just a few pennies a day more than low-grade supermarket B12, but its advantages are worth their weight in gold. Let me explain the difference, and then you can be the judge:

Advantage #1: You Get The Most Bioavailable Form of B12, Methylcobalamin

As Dr. Katz of Yale University points out, methylcobalamin is the active form of B12 that cuts through absorption obstacles much better than cyanocobalamin. That’s because your body doesn’t have to struggle breaking it down into a usable form. It’s ready for uptake.

Methylcobalamin is also the purer choice. You see, cyanocobalamin consists of a cyanide molecule joined with a cobalamin molecule. That’s right: cyanide. Your body can’t metabolize the cyanide after breaking down the compound, so it can accumulate in your brain over time with disastrous results.[19] That’s never a worry when you take MAX-B12 instead.

Advantage #2: The Fast-Acting Lozenges Promote Optimal Absorption

For a B12 delivery method, there’s no comparison to lozenges. B12 pills are hard to absorb. B12 liquids are messy and inconvenient. B12 sprays cost too much for what you get. MAX-B12 lozenges, on the other hand, are the perfect way to go: fast-acting, convenient, economical and pleasant tasting.

You dissolve each MAX-B12 under your tongue (sublingually) where ample B12 is directly absorbed into your bloodstream. Sublingual absorption lets you sidestep typical absorption problems in the GI tract and enjoy nearly immediate boosts in your mental clarity, mood and energy.

Advantage #3: At 3,000 mcg, It’s the Perfect Daily Serving Size

Daily intake of 3,000 mcg exceeds Dr. Cass’s recommendations mentioned earlier, and most people find it an excellent level for B12 maintenance. However, if blood tests confirm that you are B12 deficient, you can safely increase your intake to 10,000-15,000 mcg daily until levels are adequate. This “just right” serving size gives you the flexibility to adjust your intake as needed.

Advantage #4: Made in the U.S.A. in a State-of-the-Art Facility

MAX-B12 is produced in an FDA-inspected facility and meets the highest quality standards. You can be confident you’re taking the purest B12 available, in the form shown to be the safest and most effective for daily use.

Quality and purity matter a lot. The market is flooded with low-cost vitamins from countries where facilities and processes may leave a lot to be desired. Many overseas facilities have been the source of several food safety problems in recent years, including a 2012 Minnesota case involving antifreeze-tainted Vitamin C.[20] When you can get U.S.-produced MAX-B12 for about the same price, the choice is easy.

Advantage #5: A Surprisingly Low Cost for a Premium-Grade Supplement

How affordable is it? Right now, Live in the Now readers can get MAX-B12 for as little as $7.95 per bottle for 90 lozenges for the finest-grade, U.S.-produced methylcobalamin in the superior lozenge form. That’s 9-cents-per-serving affordable! Add in FREE SHIPPING and you’re looking at a great deal — especially when you consider how much support MAX-B12 provides.

I take MAX-B12 daily, so I know it provides faster and better results than any other B12 I’ve tried, and I’ve tried plenty. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

But the choice is yours to make. That’s why I invite you to see for yourself risk-free what this premium-grade B12 can do. You can take it for up to one year and still get a full refund if you don’t like it. Return your purchase, even empty bottles, and I’ll send you your money back. It’s that simple.

To learn more about MAX-B12 and get special pricing and free shipping, use this link.

Scientific References:

1. The New York Times. 11/28/11.
2. Geriatrics. 2003; 58(3):30-4, 37-8.
3. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000; 71:514-22.
8. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Sept. 2013
11. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Sept. 2013
12. Diabetes Care 2013; DOI: 10.2337/dc13-0229.
13. J Clin Invest. 1982 October; 70(4): 889-898.
15. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Sept. 2013
16. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:1167-72.
17. Am J Psychiatry. 2000;157:715-721. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.157.5.715
18. Am J Psychiatry. 2002;159:2099-2101. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.12.2099
19. J Royal Soc Med. 1992; 85:686-7.

Josh Corn Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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13 responses to “She Was Growing Concerned About her Memory Problems – Luckily Her Doctor Ran This Test”

  1. milton Kohn says:

    I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’ll be in New York from this March27 to April3. How can I get this MAX-B12 ? Regards

  2. Marcia Higgs says:

    I wonder if this could help my friend, who has Alzheimer’s. Can you help me? Thank you. Marcia

    • There are many possible causes of dementia, and savvy families will make sure that all of them are tested for and treated as long as symptoms persist. This information is backed up by Mayo Clinic, but Sharp Again Naturally expresses it in lay language that families can use in speaking with their healthcare professionals, or finding a new one.

      Don’t give up!

  3. Thomas Savage says:

    My recent tests for b12 from my blood were up at 1475 and 1256. The ratio for maximum b12 was suggested at 650. I do not take any supplements of b12 Do you have any suggestions as to why my b12 is so high or is it high.
    thank you
    Thomas Savage

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      The cause of your elevated B12 levels could be as simple as you’re eating an excessive amount of foods rich in B12. Some examples of foods containing vitamin B12 include meats, fortified cereals and food bars and fortified soy foods. However, increased vitamin
      B12 levels can also be indicative of liver disease or bone marrow disorders. Only your physician will be able to diagnose this, so it may be good idea to talk to your Physician about these lab results.

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  5. Colette says:

    I have very low B12.Had injections but am allergic .
    Any advice.

    • Segen Tekle says:

      Hi Colette,
      Allergic reactions may occur with some individuals following a vitamin B12 injection. These reactions are thought to occur due to impurities in the B12 injection. Even the B12 injections your doctor may administer could be in the form of cyanocobalamin (which is synthetic b12). Our Max B12 supplement would be an ideal choice for you! This product is made with methylcobalamin, which is found naturally in the body and is safe and effective! The lozenges dissolve quickly, ensuring optimal absorption. They’re super convenient and easy to take!

      Hopefully this helps :)

  6. Vivien says:

    The reference range for B12 in the US and the UK is very low, such that doctors will tell patients their levels are “normal” when they are dangerously low. I can’t see this situation improving significantly till the reference range changes. Japan’s range is 500-1300, whereas US/UK only around 200-900.

  7. Maria E Cook says:

    Ask your doctor and see what she/he says….. It is ultimately your responsibility to look after your health.