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Vitamin B12: Are You Deficient?

When I founded Hallelujah Acres over 20 years ago and designed the Hallelujah Diet, which I patterned after God’s Genesis 1:29 Diet as found in the Bible, I believed that all man had to do was consume the nutrients God had placed in the fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts in the garden and he would receive all the nutrients needed to supply the body with the full spectrum of nutrients necessary to sustain life and experience health.

I didn’t believe that supplements were necessary. And sure enough, people were getting well on this diet and sending me incredible testimonies of healing from all kinds of physical problems without supplements. But not everyone was experiencing these wonderful improvements in health by simply following the Hallelujah Diet. Why?

Dr. Michael Donaldson Joins Hallelujah Acres

Then around 1997, I received a letter from Michael Donaldson, a young Christian man and a student about to graduate from Cornell University in New York State (where Dr. T. Colin Campbell taught, author of The China Study). He had a PhD in Chemical Engineering. In his letter he shared how his wife had some difficulties during a pregnancy and after adopting the Hallelujah Diet, her problems were resolved.

In the letter he went on to say that most of his fellow students (classmates) were planning a career in the drug industry. Well, Michael being a Christian and not wishing to pursue a career in the drug industry, shared that he would rather come to work for Hallelujah Acres and do research on the Hallelujah Diet to make sure that there were no weaknesses in the diet and what Hallelujah Acres was teaching.

I wanted the Hallelujah Diet to be the most up-to-date word on nutrition and so I asked Michael to come for an interview. After the interview I was so impressed by this young man that I hired him.

He has now been heading up our research department here at Hallelujah Acres for nearly 20 years, helping us to stay current with the most recent scientific research findings in nutrition and helping us formulate the nutritional supplements and products that carry the Hallelujah Diet label.

B12 Test On Health Ministers

One of Dr. Donaldson’s first concerns after he came on board at Hallelujah Acres was in regard to B12: Were those following the Hallelujah Diet receiving sufficient B12 in their food? Was there any B12 in the Hallelujah Diet? Could a deficiency in B12 possibly be a reason some were not receiving complete healing following the Hallelujah Diet?

In an effort to find the answers, he tested 100 Health Ministers as to their vitamin B12 sufficiency. These were Health Ministers who had been on the Hallelujah Diet for at least two years. To our surprise, 47 of those tested, who had been on the Hallelujah Diet in excess of 2 years, were deficient.

How could God’s Genesis 1:29 diet, on which the Hallelujah Diet was based – be deficient in such a valuable nutrient? Dr. Donaldson’s further research revealed something very interesting; vitamin B12 is not available in any plant food! (Not even in blue green algae where it is in an analog form, not useable by the body.)

The next thing we learned was that though vitamin B12 does not come in the plant, the potential for B12 does come on the plant in the form of bacteria, if the plant has not received excess sanitation.

In other words, the friendly bacteria in the soil, that clings to the just pulled carrot for instance, has the friendly bacteria clinging to it that the body uses to manufacture B12.

So Dr. Donaldson took the 47 Health Ministers who had shown a vitamin B12 deficiency and divided those who were deficient into three groups. He gave one group a B12 sublingual supplement, another group received a probiotic (friendly bacteria from which the body could manufacture B12), and the last group got nutritional yeast (containing B12).

The group that received the B12 supplement showed the fastest return to B12 sufficiency. Those receiving the nutritional yeast were the next to return to sufficiency. And the last to return to B12 sufficiency were those taking the friendly bacteria in the form of a viable probiotic.

But all three groups showed B12 improvement!


This test on Hallelujah Acres Health Ministers for adequacy of B12 resulted in Dr. Donaldson doing further research on B12 and ultimately developing our B12, B6, Folic Acid sublingual tablet, using the methylcobalamin form of B12, rather than the cheap, low-grade cyanocobalamin that is so difficult for the body to absorb.

“This product was recently upgraded to include folate rather than folic acid. In the past few years some concerns have been raised regarding the use of folic acid. From our research, folic acid in reasonable amounts is not only safe but proven beneficial. However, folate is the more bioavailable and active form of this nutrient (also formerly known as B9). With the introduction of Quatrefolic® and Pyridoxal5-phosphate we have been able to improve the quality of the supplement we offer.

“The Hallelujah Diet B12, B6, and Folate Dietary Supplement contains bio-active forms of all three vitamins.  Methylcobalamin is the preferred form of B12, showing superior action for supporting nerve heath.  Pyridoxal 5-phosphate (P 5-P) is bio-active form of vitamin B6 that prevents lipid oxidation and also protects proteins from glycation reactions and the formation of AGES (advanced glycation end products).  Quatrefolic® is an activated form of methylfolate which bypasses common DNA mutations which make supplemental folic acid unusable.  Methylfolate is the form of folate found in foods.  Together these three vitamins may play an important role in optimizing homocysteine levels in the body, which may support cardiovascular health.”

Sadly, most B12 supplements on the market today are made with a cheaper, lower grade form of B12, called cyanocobalamin. This is the most difficult form of B12 for the body to absorb. Most B12 supplements contain this form of B12, but the very best B12 supplements are made with the sublingual methylcobalamin form of B12.

This distinction is important!

Before Hallelujah Acres did this research on B12, there were many vegan websites that said that pure vegans did not have to worry about B12 adequacy, but once Hallelujah Acres released its research findings, most vegan websites stopped saying plant foods contained B12 and started encouraging supplementation.

Hallelujah Acres was the first to bring this awareness to the vegan community.

More About B12

Deficiency in B12 now affects nearly 50% of older adults, while nearly 40% of all adults (regardless of age) are flirting with a deficiency status and may already be suffering with symptoms of deficiency as a result and don’t realize what the problem is.

Fortunately, many are starting to become aware of this deficiency as it has been learned that pregnant mothers who are deficient in B12 can produce neurological problems in infants. Here’s what others are saying about B12 deficiency:

  • “Being even mildly deficient in vitamin B12 may put older adults at a greater risk for accelerated cognitive decline.” Tufts Nutrition News
  • “B12 is the most important nutrient you aren’t thinking about…B12 deficiency can mimic all of the effects of aging.” Dr. David Katz of Yale University Prevention Center.
  • “B12 deficiency is common, with troubling symptoms…that are similar to many other problems related to growing older.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter
  • “B12 deficiency can be sneaky, harmful and is relatively common, especially among older people.” The Harvard Medical School’s health blog

Benefits of B12

  • Sharper memory and clearer thinking
  • Improved energy and stamina
  • Fewer mood swings and greater sense of well-being
  • Better sleep and awaking refreshed
  • A stronger immune system that avoids illness
  • Protection of the heart, vision and hearing

This is just a beginning listings of the benefits derived as a result of B12 supplementation. Rhonda and this editor take a Hallelujah Diet B12, B6, Folate sublingual supplement each day.

The Hallelujah Diet B12, B6, Folate supplement is a superior vitamin B12 formula made with 100% methylcobalamin, the safest, most effective form of B12. A pleasant tasting sublingual lozenge delivery system ensures maximum absorption.

Product Highlights

  • An essential B vitamin which is an important component of brain cells and nerve tissue and is involved in energy production, immune function, and regulation of stress levels and sleep patterns
  • Made with the Methylcobalamin form of B12, which has been clinically proven to be the most active and most effective form for cognitive support, a healthy nervous system and healthy sleep patterns
  • An especially important supplement for older people who are especially prone to B12 deficiency
  • Sublingual lozenge dissolves quickly under the tongue, ensuring optimal absorption and maximum benefits

Since Hallelujah Acres brought B12 to our followers so many years ago, Dr. Donaldson has researched and developed a number of other Hallelujah Diet products. Whenever Hallelujah Acres makes a supplement available, you know that it has been thoroughly researched and that it is the finest available and will be monitored and updated when necessary.

Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creek doesn’t rise too high, we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.


  1. Emma Hammond September 8, 2014

    I am just wondering how God intended us to get our B12? If this diet is the way God intended us to eat, why is it lacking this important nutrient? Thank you to anyone who has an idea!

    • That was my thought too.

    • Conventional food now days isn’t grown in nutrient rich soil as in the past. I think there are other reasons as well; just can’t think of them at the moment.

    • Hi Emma, when God created man he put intelligence in us so we know to research things, the Bible
      Puts it like this..Ask and you shall receive.. Seek and you shall find..knock and the door shall be open,
      You are looking at one little area, but remember God created this world with everything in it and if you allow yourself to take a deeper look into Gods Garden you would see so much more, like vegetation for food,Herbs for medecine, so, wherever, whatever, however the Hallelujah Acres came up with the ingredients to formulate B12 God has already made them available..did you notice what the Dr did? He Searched.I hope this help you.

    • Emma Hammond …. You have a good point here . Hallelujah diet could you please reply to this question

    • Joyce Ott September 14, 2014

      Soil based organisms can be a form of probiotics able to create b12. Farming and processing today sanitize and clean off these friendly bacteria while endeavoring to travel miles safely to our kitchens. Our world today has different challenges than years ago.

  2. Patricia Reimers September 8, 2014

    This is great info. Thanks, PDR

  3. Sincere thanks for the enlightening articles.
    God bless and keep you all in the palm of His Almighty hand.
    Warm greetings from South Africa.
    Veronica Daniels

    • Christy Okon October 1, 2014

      Thank you! We will get your email address changed in your account!

  4. I took the B12, B6 for years and loved it. The B12 folate is too sweet and I have not been able to take consistently. Is it possible to reduce the sweetness?


  5. Thank you for the information! But why are there no longer “print” buttons in your articles so that I can get a printer-friendly version?

    • Christy Okon October 1, 2014

      Thank you! We are working on options to make it printer friendly. At the moment, the user can do a CTRL + P to bring up the Print screen window will come up.

  6. Tiara Bochette September 9, 2014

    Thanks for the interesting tips on B-12-really good to know information. You guys are great! Blessings

  7. I’d like to know if the B12 now utilized by HA is natural or
    synthetic? The B12 I currently take is supposedly natural
    (S.cerevisiae) which should be much better absorbed than
    the synthetic varieties from what I understand…

  8. Ginger Adams September 12, 2014

    Great Article !! Could you please write an article explaining the new protein pill you have just come out with. Everyone is always asking me where do I get my protein from on this diet.

  9. People should be aware that B12 is made by no plant OR animal. It is made by bacteria. We actually do make it in our guts, as the study eludes to, but it’s too far down the line to be reabsorbed. For many, their diet is so poor and the health of their gut is also so poor, they can’t absorb it well regardless. Also, it should be noted that MANY meat eaters are in fact, deficient. So it’s not just about the quality of the B12, each individuals ability to absorb.

  10. I am diabetic and wondered if this would be helpful to keep blood sugar under control better.

    • Christy Okon October 1, 2014

      Thank you! The first thing I recommend is starting the Hallelujah Diet 100 %. You can read about that here For recipes, go here

      I also urge you to sign up for our FREE How To Reclaim Your Health In 60 Days Challenge here You will receive a daily email containing a link to a video that will give you lots of information and tips, plus a daily recipe! You just sign up and you will receive an email with a link to activate the challenge and a password. You just click on that link and use the password provided and then that gets you going!

      Injection insulin-dependent diabetics need to transition carefully to the Hallelujah Diet. Individuals who have done this successfully report that they checked their blood sugar levels many times during the day and adjusted both their insulin and food intakes accordingly. Some had problems with carrot juice and had to either not use it or else use it mixed with distilled water or celery juice.

      We encourage insulin-dependent diabetics to work carefully with a nutritionally-aware physician if they aren’t very confident of their own abilities to adjust their food and insulin needs according to their blood sugar readings.

      We also encourage them to limit their fruit intake. Some do best by not having any sweet fruits at all, especially when first transitioning.
      Many people with blood sugar problems (both hypoglycemic and diabetic) have gone on The Hallelujah Diet and lifestyle almost overnight with outstanding results. Others have found they could not handle the carrot juice and fruits initially.

      Many have been able to dilute the carrot juice with green leafy lettuce juices and/or distilled water, and add a little Udo’s Oil to each glass and handle it very efficiently. Others juice the green leafy lettuce and other vegetables for a while, until the body cleans out the fats from the animal products. Then they are usually able to go fully onto the program with excellent results.

      We have a kit for someone with diabetes that you might find helpful:

  11. Joseph Burroughs July 17, 2015

    It has become important for us to take foods stored with vitamin B12, supplements or from other sources. Nobody wants to face diseases like diabetic, anemia, heart problem or other diseases. So we should start taking vitamin B12 at least 2000 mcg per week.

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