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L. Reuteri for Vit D and B-12 Deficiencies

Posted by P. Raghavan (Virudhunagar, Tn, India) on 12/06/2016

L. Reuteri is a probiotic strain found in the digestive system. This probiotic strain is in the breast milk. But only about 15 % of the population have L. Reuteri in their digestive system. There is an article available in the net titled "Top 13 scientific health benefits of L. Reuteri". There are many research papers available on this topic in the net.

There was a study on L.Reuteri in Prague, Czech Republic. One hundred twenty seven (127) people participated in a double blind, placebo controlled study for 9 weeks. They measured blood Vitamin D levels at the beginning of the study and also at the end of the study. Those who took L. Reuteri had the blood Vitamin D level increased by 25.5 %. According to the authors of the study, this is the first time blood levels of Vitamin D have been increased by oral probiotic supplements of L Reuteri.

Low level of Vitamin D in the blood is associated with Osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, etc. It appears that the absence of L. Reuteri in the digestive system is a root cause of Vitamin D deficiency in the blood. If Vitamin D level in the blood is low, the body can not absorb all calcium and magnesium in the diet. It appears that L. Reuteri converts Vitamin D into a more absorbable form for the body.

Many research papers available in the net, show L. Reuteri helps to synthesize Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 plays vital role in the normal functioning of the brain and formation of red blood cells. Also, it helps to regulate and synthesize DNA. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes many medical problems including nerve damage. There are four members in my family. Three of us took complete blood test about a year ago and the blood tests indicated all three of us (75 %) had Vitamins D & B12 deficiencies. Also, we had calcium deficencies. B12 deficiencies in our cases were confirmed by swollen red blood cells. L. Reuteri capsules are available online and it costs about us dollar 20 to 25 for 60 capsules. Recently, we have started taking L. Reuteri capsules to solve the problem.

Any comment on this post will be highly appreciated.

Best wishes P. Raghava.