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Subject:         Re: Eat raw, keep your brain, grow your heart
Date: April 13, 2015 at 11:32 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Eat raw, keep your brain, grow your heart posted by Paul on April 13, 2015 at 5:24 pm:

Your point was a fair one Paul, but that is exactly the reason why we shouldn't base our conclusion's on the results of single studies.

There is a wealth of research on vegetarians and strict vegans in particular being at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.

These studies all conclude the reason for the increased risk and the elevated homo-cysteine levels is directly related to the lack of dietary vitamin B12.

As to Loren Lockman, well thats if you believe what he says, ill leave that one to you.

The fasting to increase vitamin B12 is old school natural hygiene guff.

This was also Doug Grahams method of "treating" deficiencies, ironic considering the it was his sub-optimal deficient 80/10/10 raw vegan diet that was causing these nutrient deficiencies in the first place for the majority.

The research shows that in vegans the low B12 levels are directly caused from lack of intake, so id love to know why these people believe extended water fasts will improve vitamin b12 status.

B12 deficiency can also be caused from intestinal malabsorption issues such as a lack of intrinsic factor and low stomach acid. Here fasting MAY offer some therapeutic benefit.

But again, this is not the reason for such a high degree of vegetarians and in particular vegans developing vitamin b12 deficiency, as the research consistently finds, its all directly caused from a lack of dietary b12 intake.

This is because there is no reliable plant food source of vitamin B12. Algaes, seaweeds and fermented foods have some small research on their vitamin b12 content, but the studies are mixed and again at present the conclusion from even the vegan nutritionists is that these foods are not reliable sources of vitamin b12.

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