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Why animal proteins are important to our health

Updated on September 3, 2012

A side of beef it's what's for dinner

Why we need meat

Animal protein is important in our diets because it is there that you mostly get a very important vitamin and that is B-12.

When people skimp on meat they are 90% more likely to become deficient in vitamin B-12. B-12 is essential for nerve health and B-12 deficiency left untreated can lead to paralysis.

If you don't eat a lot of meat or are a vegan then it is important to have you B-12 level checked frequently. B-12 deficiency is an easy fix and can be returned to normal levels by getting shots or using B-12 nasal sprays.

As we get older our ability to absorb necessary vitamins become harder. People who have had weight loss sugery have the same problem. Sometimes supplements by mouth are not enough especially if you have an absorption problem.

Signs of B-12 deficiency are severely painful legs, numbness and tingling, in ability to walk properly, constipation or diarrhea and the inablity to focus. Once you get an injection you will have energy that you never thought was there.

I think that everyone should get the vitamin levels checked yearly once they reach 45, because you can be vitamin deficient and not even know it until it's too late.

If you do not eat meat then you must try to get your B-12 from fortified foods such as cereal.

If you love meat then no problem. Normal B-12 levels are 200-1000 but anything under 300 can be deficiency and most doctors will treat you at this point.

To your health. Live well, love much, and laugh often.


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