A number of scientific journals and reports have discussed how oral exposure to nitrous oxide may destroy your vitamin B12 levels. It is not only journals that published this, but also the latest books and publications on biochemistry and nutritional supplements.
For starters, it is important to know how dentists use nitrous oxide in their practice. Also known as the “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is typically used for pain management during dental procedures. This poses a potential risk not only to dental patients, but also to dental professionals who are exposed to the gas on a daily basis.
Nitrous Oxide in the Atmosphere
The creation of enough nitrous oxide emissions also remarkably contribute to the greenhouse effect. Catalytic converters in automobiles are a glaring example. Nitrous oxide is known to be a highly stable molecule, with a lifetime in the atmosphere of about 150 years. With cars and vehicles producing it constantly, you would have to expect its atmospheric concentration to increase globally every year.
So, would you be surprised that this is already creating vitamin B12 deficiency around the world, which will even increase over time? There is no longer any shock here, as you absorb only a few vitamin B12 micrograms every given day. In reserve, your liver stores only a few micrograms as well. This can be destroyed only with a very low concentration of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere, especially if the destruction process is efficient, the individual’s absorption inefficient.
A significant portion of the United States population is now deficient in B12. This deficiency is far greater than expected, because it is traced even in young people who are supposed to have optimal B12 absorption systems. Therefore the effect of atmospheric nitrous oxide emissions – which is already showing up – deserves some serious attention.
From Automobile Changes to B12 Supplementation
The issue and individual solutions could widely range over all age groups. If these automobile emissions are contributing to a serious vitamin B12 deficiency, isn’t it only fitting that changes in cars beyond individual control be implemented?
As for more realistic solutions, oral dietary supplementation is a step to take. Health food stores offer both B12 and folic acid supplements at reasonable prices, and you may consult your doctor for dosage and other directions. Some individuals, though, may not benefit from oral supplements, as vitamin B12 requires a special absorption process that may not be right for a specific person.
Vitamin B12 Solutions in Your Diet
Eating most commercially available fish is hardly recommended because of mercury contamination issues, but you may choose clean ones like Alaskan salmon and those from cold ocean waters. Chicken is another vitamin B12 source, but go for organic chicken, because conventionally raised ones may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains. Beef and beef liver are another option, but keep in mind that grass-fed beef is more preferable than grain-fed ones.
As for pork, your safest choice is the meat of non-farm-raised animals that are fed organically. Pork is a true B12 source, but pigs are scavengers and will consume almost anything, therefore becoming prone to parasites and retroviruses. These bugs have a high chance of contaminating pork-based food supplies, and no level of cooking can guarantee that they have been killed or destroyed. Avoid processed pork products like sausage and bacon as well.
Milk is another B12 sources, but avoid pasteurized milk even if it is organic. Instead, go for raw milk. Eggs are another consideration, but make sure to obtain them from a free-range pasture farm or from the free-range organic shelf in the supermarket.
Again, if you feel that you are not getting enough vitamin B12 from your diet, you may explore oral supplementation. It is best to talk to your healthcare provider about it.