I’m a sucker for unexpected stuff, for real X-in-1 products and for elegance. And this one is unexpected, 2-in-1 and elegant. Here’s why!
I’ve discovered this SANTÉ dental med toothpaste vitamin B12 (75 ml tube, 4.95€) at my fave Olde Xylitol Shoppe. They carry xylitol toothpaste for obvious reasons (find out about xylitol and its benefis for dental health here) – but this one was new to me.
Sceptical at first, I was nevertheless quite curious, and since I’ve been attested with a lack of vitamin B12, I looked closer and read the description. None of SANTÉ’s promises sounded like snake oil:
+ tested by dentists, this toothpaste gave testers 60% increase in Vitamin B12 after 4 weeks of application (twice a day; Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Magdeburg, Germany);
+ the elegant part is: the mucous membranes absorb the vitamin (as they do with anything absorbable) as you brush your teeth – brilliant;
+ in addition, vitamin B12 fights gum inflammations;
+ the active ingredients are sodium fluoride, xylitol and organic sage, known to protect teeth and gums as well as to fight caries-causing bacteria (xylitol);
+ the natural peppermint oil indisputably gives you a fresher breath;
+ the vitamin B12 used is vegan-safe; in fact the product has been developed together with the German Vegetarier Bund institution.
* On the minus side: Fluoride.
WHY VITAMIN B12 AT ALL,
IF YOU’RE NOT VEGETARIAN,
LET ALONE VEGAN?
A chronic lack of vitamin B12 isn’t just a problem with vegans and veggies, pregnant women or elder people. An unbalanced diet puts children at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Gluten-rich food has been reported to lower the absorption of vitamin B12 (and other vitamins).
And, as my doctor puts it:
“Naturally vitamin B12 occurs in needed volume only in fresh veal liver. The longer you cook it, the less you get. The older the calf, the less you get. So, when was the last time when any omnivore you know ate a raw veal liver?”
Typical symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency are… many. Among others you’ll find depressions, fatigue, irritability (like looking in the mirror on a Friday night, huh?) – shortness of breath, gastrointestinal problems and much more. I think it’s pretty brilliant if you can fight all of that by changing your diet!
Always consult a specialist, though; don’t ever fall for websites, TV shops, whoever sells you the vitamin pills and Co. – while we’re One, as Bono knows, we’re not the Same – and our systems are highly individual! You’re totally worth the extra time and effort. Good luck!