- Plays a vital role in manufacturing red blood cells.
- Promotes cognitive function and supports healthy moods and energy levels.
- Helps synthesize DNA during cell division for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Vitamin B is comprised of the largest, most complex chemical structure of all the B vitamins. Its ability to be properly absorbed relies heavily on the internal environment of the stomach, pancreas, and small intestine. To absorb vitamin B12, parietal cells in the stomach wall need to secrete a substance called intrinsic factor. The ability to make this secretion relies on the acidity of the stomach and the amount of hydrochloric acid present. As a result, people with an improper balance of gastrointestinal fluids are often unable to effectively absorb vitamin B12 from capsules.
Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in manufacturing red blood cells and supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. It is thought to help regulate levels of homocysteine, an amino acid acquired mostly from eating red meat that has been linked to heart problems. There is sufficient research to suggest that lower homocysteine levels may help support a healthy heart. Vitamin B12 is also necessary for the production of hemoglobin, the pigment that transports oxygen throughout the bloodstream.
Vitamin B12 is often used to boost cognitive function and support healthy moods. Pregnant women may especially benefit from vitamin B12, as it serves an important purpose in early stage brain development. By helping to ensure efficient nerve signaling and cellular communication, B12 may also promote healthy memory function. Because it is needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, vitamin B12 acts as a natural energizer and mood booster.
During cell division, vitamin B12 is needed to complete methylation reactions within both DNA and RNA to prevent damage at the cellular level. By supporting cell formation and regeneration both internally and externally, vitamin B12 encourages healthy nails, silky hair, and smooth, bright skin.
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products. The richest sources are the liver, brain, and kidney; other sources include egg yolks, clams, oysters, crabs, sardines, salmon, and the heart. Lower amounts are in fish, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, cheese, and milk. Plant products are typically devoid of B12 and it is thought that only bacteria manufacture the vitamin. Some fermented plant products, such as tempeh, may have some vitamin B12.
This bottle contains 1000 mcg vitamin B12 from cyanocobalamin. Place 25 drops daily into mouth or mix in water or juice or as directed by your health care professional. The formula has a lovely raspberry taste.
- B12 deficiency is actually fairly common and can lead to problems ranging from treatable, mild memory loss all the way to irreversible, neurologic symptoms. For this reason, some researchers have recommended regular periodic screening of the elderly for early detection of deficiencies.
- Many drugs may lower the absorption of vitamin B12. If you are concerned about absorption, talk to your doctor about your medications.
- Gastric surgery patients are even more at risk and should be regularly monitored for B12 deficiencies.
- Potassium supplements may reduce the absorption of vitamin B12 in some people.
- Chloramphenicol may delay or interrupt the reticulocyte response to vitamin B12. Avoid this combination if possible, or monitor blood counts closely.
- Excessive alcohol intake for a sustained period of time (greater than two weeks) can decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12.