I have been a vegetarian for 6.5 years, a vegan for 5 years, raw for 2.5 years and 80-10-10 for exactly two years now, so I thought it was time to check my blood levels again. It's not a very extensive test, but the results were fine except for two values: b12 and folic acid.
B12 values were really low: 86 pmol/L, compared with 0.30 nmol/L (which is I believe 300pmol/L) almost exactly two years ago. The reference range here in the Netherlands is 130 - 700. Even though the value is clearly on the very low side, my doctor wasn't worried. According to her, the absorption of b12 in the cells was fine. I don't know how she came to this conclusion, since I did not speak to her personally.
Folic acid was 33.2 nmol/L, which is outside of the reference range of 5.1 to 31.1 here in The Netherlands.
The other values were all within normal range. My iron had actually improved a lot compared with my earlier test.
My own feelings about the folic acid and b12:
-I'm not going to worry about the folic acid, since I'm not taking any supplements. I guess the folic acid must be coming from all the fruits and veggies.
-I'm going to worry about the b12 though. I will ask for b12 injections.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
Dont just believe me, look it up.
A good book to read is 'could it be b12?'. Its got clinical references a plenty! :)
In cycling IV iron injections are common when taking EPO as the drug promotes RBC production like B12 can and you need extra iron. Of course EPO is a full blow PED and taking it when you dont need to can kill you vs a safe vitamin like b12.
IMHO the best book to read on the subject.
My question is "should I took b12 injection only or took b-complex for better absorption".