There’s Cyanide in Artificial Vitamin B12, And That’s Okay

When you get a shot of vitamin B12, you’re also getting traces of cyanide in the mix–although it would be equally accurate to say that there’s artificial B12 in your antidote to cyanide.

Source: There’s Cyanide in Artificial Vitamin B12, And That’s Okay

The most effective form of vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin.  The body uses methylcobalamin directly, so it’s very easily absorbed.  The same goes for dibencozide, which the body uses for muscle development among other things. Canadians do not get dibencozide – they can only get it from the U.S.  Cyanocobalamin is crap – don’t use it.  Smokers should use methylcobalamin, as it will bond to the cyanide in the body and will be excreted though urine.

Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?

Red Bull may give you wings, but at what cost? To some, energy drinks are dangerous elixirs, while others consider them magic potions of vitality? The truth about how they affect your body is not so black and white.

Source: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?

I’ve never had an energy drink.  Closest thing would be a Gu gel…

The specific mention about long term ginseng use is interesting with the mention about impact to blood thinners.  Ginger is a low dose of vitamin K, ginseng is entirely different.

Got acne? Lay off the B12

Vitamin B12 tweaks how genes behave in the facial bacteria of some people who normally enjoy clear skin. The activity changes of the facial bacteria promote inflammation and lead to pimples.

By shedding light on one mechanism behind B12’s role in acne, the UCLA finding may identify drug targets that lead to new treatments for acne.

Source: Got acne? Lay off the B12

The link is not new.  A study as far back as 1979 noticed the link, and acne breakout is listed as a side effect of taking B12 as a medication, (though acne breakout is listed as “rare”).  This study is fascinating because it revealed the biochemical mechanism of this relationship. While this research may not be clinically relevant to everyone, people on B12 supplementation (whether pharmaceutical or dietary), could potentially benefit from this study.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is much more common than having too much B12 in your diet. The culprit is either b12 pills, or things like Redbull and 5 hour energy. Don’t stop eating a healthy diet because there is B12 in it.

What Vitamins to Take, What to Skip, and How to Know the Difference

Wandering into any conversation about vitamins and other health supplements is wandering into a thicket of hyperbole and half-truths. We’re here to cut through some of the bullshit in the $28 billion supplements industry.

The biggest fallacy we need to let go of is that all vitamins are good, and more vitamins is always better. Vitamins are potent chemicals packed in potent pills.

…It’s also worth noting, the quality of supplement products varies greatly from brand to brand. Not only can the amount of active ingredient differ from the label, but adulterants can also be sneaked in. If you’re wondering if your (expensive) brand is up to snuff, Consumer Labs regularly publishes tests comparing the quality of different brands. Pro tip: More expensive is not always better.

Source: What Vitamins to Take, What to Skip, and How to Know the Difference

The article doesn’t mention potassium or magnesium.  I prefer to source such things from plants/etc, rather than pills personally.

Survey: We’re Eating Better, But Our Diet Is Still Unsustainable

More people are eating local and organic foods and plan to consume less meat and bottled water. However, most also believe they lack enough information and influence to become more environmentally sustainable consumers, a new National Geographic survey has found.

Source: Global Survey Says We’re Eating Better, But Our Diet Is Still Unsustainable

Admittedly, there isn’t much we need to eat meat for.  If your brand of vegetarianism includes fish, you’re getting the B12 that you’d otherwise procure via supplements (assuming vegan).  Iron can be found in numerous plant sources, and protein can be found in fish, cheese (assuming dairy is OK), plants, etc.  I don’t know if people realize how much filler/additive is in meat products either…

Crickets on the Menu, in Your Kitchen

Next Millennium Farms (NMF), located about 90 minutes outside of Toronto, Ontario, is part of a movement to introduce crickets — fried, baked, or milled into flour — to the North American menu. The insect’s nutritional benefits, combined with mounting concerns over the environmental impacts of meat production, is prompting conscious food producers to see the pest in a new light, turning cricket meal into everything from protein bars to cookies.

…”It’s chock-full of protein, has more iron than spinach, as much calcium as milk, all the amino acids, tons of omega 3, and tons of B12,” he says. “So not only does it taste good, it’s also unbelievably healthy.” The company expects to ship 3,000 pounds of flour in September alone; by year’s end, they predict that figure will rise to 10,000 pounds a month.

Source: I ate crickets because they’re the future of food

It’s a bit of a misnomer to call it “flour”, since it’s more akin to protein powder.  It’s currently quite expensive (comes out to $2.50/oz, or $.13/gram protein; vs protein powder’s $.72/oz or $.03/gram protein). I’m assuming it’s a young process, and they’re probably only in the beginning of getting the processing right/cost-optimized.