PODCAST. Why does B-12 deficiency increase with age? A couple of reasons…often as you get older, you tend to eat less, which decreases the amount of B-12 in your diet. Up to 1/3 of people who are 50+ don’t absorb B-12 from their food because they don’t produce enough stomach acid.
Here’s a smart tip: if you’re 50+ you may need to get the vitamin from supplements or foods fortified with B-12 because in these forms you don’t need stomach acid to absorb it in the body.
The current recommendation for those over 50 (I’m talking about if you don’t have a deficiency) is a little over 2 mcg of B-12 daily…not that much but get it from supplements or fortified foods so you absorb it. Have you looked at supplement labels lately? Supplements typically provide way more than 2 mcg daily…necessary perhaps if you are B-12 deficient.
How much do you need? Discuss this with your health care provider. Depending on your blood level, taking 100-500 mcg of vitamin B-12 and possibly 400 mcg of folic acid each day, long term, may help slow age-related declines in memory and promote improvement in brain function.
Be sure and try Regina’s culinary company…her recipe for the Perfect Poached Egg. A great way to add B-12 to your diet.