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Type A’s, B Vitamins and Protein Metabolism
Ok, let me preface this by saying what I am about to say is completely my own theory, based lots of facts I have gathered as well as personal experience.
Let me start by explaining how I came up with this. As many of you know, at one point in my life I was in fact a vegetarian and then I became a vegan. I never intended to get to this point but I did, and let me tell you how. I started out eliminating red meat, then chicken, then all poultry, then I felt I couldn’t even get fish down, and finally, the last to go, the lowly egg, no I could not even tolerate that; so I became a vegan.
Since that time I have slowly built myself back up and even went through a time on a very high red meat diet. The last little bit however as I tried to become stricter and stricter on btd I have noticed the same thing happening. First I gave up red meat, even lamb became impossible for me to digest even though a month before it had been my favorite. Next chicken made me ill, then turkey, I had gotten down to eating fish almost exclusively, and it was the only thing that didn’t give me heartburn, stomach ache or gas.
But, fish eating only is not a fun way to go, especially when, like me, you need A LOT of protein in the day. So I tried to simply cut down on my protein, what did I find, I wanted less and less protein. I had a hard time getting down just the smallest amount. I couldn’t understand how turkey now made me ill, when I did great on it weeks ago.
My answer B vitamins. My hypothesis is as follows. I would like to suggest that part of type A’s inability to efficiently metabolize proteins is that they secrete B vitamins quickly. B vitamins are essential in the metabolism of protein and without them the only answer is vegetarianism.
Type O’s are told to supplement with B’s, make sense with the high level of protein, eaten. Type A’s however are not. Why? Perhaps if we did, we would better be able to eat a wider range of protein with out maldigestion. This appears to be even truer since type A food sources seem to be lower in B vitamins (at least for me, who doesn’t eat beans or grains). The more carbohydrates you eat, the more B vitamins you need, although starchy foods - the complex carbohydrates - supply their own additional B vitamins.
So here lies my problem, don’t eat starches but eat fruit, no B vitamins coming in, but B vitamins going out to metabolize protein, fats, and carbs………….AHHHH problem. So the last few days I have added two tablespoons of nutritional yeast to my diet to add B vitamins. Tonight I had turkey for dinner- result- no heartburn.