Metabolics Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin
Humans need 13 different vitamins to sustain life and health. If we do not take in enough of a particular vitamin our bodily supplies decrease and a deficiency ensues.
Of the 13 vitamins our bodies need, one is B12. It is unique because it is the only vitamin that cannot be obtained from plants or sunlight (as plants do not need B12, so do not produce or store it), it is produced by bacteria in the gut of animals and absorbed in the small intestine. Therefore to obtain B12 from the diet you need to eat animal products- meat, fish, or dairy products. However, even a diet high in these foods may not supply enough B12.
In fact, it is remarkably easy to become deficient in B12 as many people can neither absorb nor use B12.
Vegans and vegetarians are particularly prone to deficiency. The route that B12 takes from the mouth to the blood is complex and there can be problems at any point.
INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Methylcobalamin
DIRECTIONS / DOSAGE: Recommended dose 1 drop per day in the water with food. The stated recommended dose can be changed as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Do not exceed this recommended dose. Consume within 3 months of opening.
What does Vitamin B12 do?
- It contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
- It contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism
- It contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system
- It contributes to normal red blood cell formation
- It has a role in the process of cell division
- It contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism
- It contributes to normal psychological function
- It contributes to normal functioning of the immune system
Anybody at any age can become deficient but people may be at an increased risk if they are:
- Vegans and vegetarians
- Over 60
- Have eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
- Take antacids or diabetes-related drugs that may interfere with B12 absorption
- Have a history of alcoholism
- Have a family history of pernicious anemia
- Are diagnosed with anemia
- Have Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel or any disease-causing malaborption of nutrients
- Have an autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes, SLE, Addison’s disease
- Women with a history of infertility or multiple miscarriages
- Infants born to women or breastfed by women who are already deficient or at risk of B12 deficiency
All forms of B12 are stable when protected from the light. Light exposure cleaves the cyanide with the production of hydroxocobalamin. The B12’s have optimal stability at a PH4.00-4.5, even at higher temperatures.
In the presence of acid or alkaline mediators the presence of reducing agents such as ascorbic acid, the vitamin is destroyed to a greater extent.
It is therefore advisable that B12 is not to be taken with fruit juice.