June 17, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
There has been commotion on the internet today that aloe vera is a great way of getting B12. I would like to clarify that aloe vera is not a source of B12 but aids in making B12 more bioavailable.
Bioavailable? This means that it is easier for the body to absorb B12 when one has consumed aloe vera. Studies have shown results in the blood stream at 4-24 hours after consumption of both whole leaf aloe and filleted. Other vitamins that aloe vera helps our bodies absorb easier at vitamins C and E.
If you are interested in reading scientific findings on this please read this article by Aloe Corp.
The human body needs rather little B12 than we may imagine. As we get older the amount needed is higher, like most vitamins. Below is the recommended doses from 2011, I am only sharing the age groups that I believe my readers are in.
Teenagers between 14 and 18 years and adults need 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B-12 daily. The recommended daily amount stays the same throughout adulthood, except for when a woman is pregnant/breastfeeding. The recommended daily amount of vitamin B-12 for pregnant women is 2.6 micrograms and breastfeeding women should get 2.8 micrograms of the vitamin daily. This is all according to the Office of Dietary Needs.
These are in mcg’s, a small measure unit. If you are not familiar with mcg’s here is a quick way to explain it 😀 Mcg standards for Microgram, microgram is a metric unit of measure. Some vitamins and minerals are measured in micrograms. 1000 micrograms equal one milligram.
In a previous post I have gone over B12, please take a look if this is a topic of interest for you. If everyone would like I can do a post just about aloe and share techniques on how to cut & store it! Just let me know 😀
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