Vitamin B12 foods are crucial in forming red blood cells and nerve cells. The compounds found in these foods also help relieve pain and prevent nervous disorders.
The key component in foods rich in vitamin B12 is protein. Protein is required for growth and repair of cells and it all depends upon B12 for proper cycling through the body.
Insufficient levels of B12 can actually make your brain get smaller with age. This can be a precursor to developing Alzheimer’s.
But B12 can be a little hard to come by.
That may help explain why more than 47 million Americans are deficient. It’s tricky to get from food alone since not many foods have much B12. And some of the foods that are high in this vitamin aren’t exactly high on taste or appeal.
But there’s one food that is the heavyweight champion. If you want to put your Alzheimer’s worries to rest and clear brain fog, just look to the sea for help.
Clams are tasty bivalves that come in many varieties and they’re full of vitamin B12.
B12 is very effective at lowering homocysteine levels…by as much as 29 percent. High levels of homocysteine are linked to AD. So you need adequate levels of B12 to lower it.
It only takes about nine medium clams to deliver 84 mcg. That’s over 1,400 percent of the daily value for B12.
The only other food that even comes close to delivering that much is beef liver. But frankly…it’s beef liver.
In addition to vitamin B12, clams are an excellent source of clean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium. A three ounce serving of clams has more iron than a T-bone steak and over 20 grams of protein.
Just make sure to buy wild-caught clams to get the full range of natural benefits.
And there’s good news for all of you non-chefs out there…
Clams are extremely easy to prepare.
Make sure to thoroughly scrub the clams before cooking. After all, they make their home in sand. You can steam or boil them.
When the shells open, they’re done cooking. Don’t overcook them or the meat will get very tough. Just take care to discard any clams that don’t open up during cooking. You definitely do not want to eat those.
Adding clams to your diet is a great way to get the vitamin B12 that your brain craves as you get older. This may keep you from becoming a victim of Alzheimer’s or cognitive decline. It may even keep your brain from shrinking. But it’s also an excellent way to add some variety –and extra protein—to your paleo style diet.
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Vitamin B12 Foods
- Beef, grass-fed
- Cow’s milk, grass-fed
Vegan Sources of Vitamin B12 Foods
- Nutritional yeast (Marmite, Vegemite)
- Fortified foods (nut or seed milks and cereals)