10 Reasons Why You Need Vitamin B12

Mussels

Mussels and other shellfish are a great natural source of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body, and is necessary for DNA synthesis and regulation, as well as fatty acid synthesis and energy production. The benefits of vitamin B12 start in the womb, are vital during infancy, and protect you from disease throughout your life.

Not getting enough B12 causes tiredness, weakness, changes in elimination, loss of appetite, and weight loss—all symptoms of megaloblastic anemia, a condition characterized by very large red blood cells. It comes on slowly, especially when compared to that of other types of anemia, so can be hard to diagnose in its early stages. (more…)

Horse Chestnut Protects Your Liver from Toxic LPS

The horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) produces a seed that is used as a dietary supplement extract. Horse chestnut seed extract (HCSE) is a rich source of a nutrient called aescin (also escin), which is believed to be its biologically active compound. Toxic and inflammatory lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is produced by bacterial infections. A new animal study shows that aescin can reduce the damage to the liver that LPS causes, expanding the value of this unique circulation-support nutrient. (more…)

Is ‘Blood Stagnation’ Making You Ill?

We all know that blood circulates in our bodies. But what you may not know is that aside from being a vital nutrient substance blood can also be a cause of pain in the body. One of the ways blood causes pain is when it becomes “stagnant.” That is, locations where blood becomes “static” (e.g., sluggish) in the organs and tissues. (more…)