In dietary supplements, vitamin B12 is usually present as cyanocobalamin, a form that the body must convert to an active form the body can absorb. Our new and improved B12 is already in the methylcobalamin form (active form). As a result it is more effective, better absorbed by the body, and retained in higher amounts in bodily tissues. It is also five times more concentrated than before!
Methylcobalamin – New & Improved!
|Inactive form||Active form|
|1000 mcg/mL per injection||5000 mcg/mL per injection|
|Body must convert to active form||Already in active form, ready to absorb|
|Retained in higher amounts in tissues|
What is vitamin B12 and what does it do?
According to the National Institutes of Health, Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.
Am I getting enough vitamin B12?
Most people in the United States get enough vitamin B12 from the foods they eat. But some people have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 from food.
Certain groups may not get enough vitamin B12 or have trouble absorbing it:
- Many older adults, who do not have enough hydrochloric acid in their stomach to absorb the vitamin B12 naturally present in food.
- People with pernicious anemia
- People who have had gastrointestinal surgery, such as weight loss surgery, or who have digestive disorders.
- Some people who eat little or no animal foods such as vegetarians or vegans.
- Certain medications that may hinder the body’s ability to absorb B12. (Certain proton pump inhibitors used to treat acid reflux, Metformin, and medications for peptic ulcer disease such as Pepcid and Zantac all may inhibit the body’s ability from absorbing B12 naturally).
What happens if I don’t get enough vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause tiredness, weakness, and a condition called megaloblastic anemia. Other symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include problems with balance, depression, and poor memory. A vitamin B12 deficiency can damage the nervous system even in people who don’t have anemia, so it is important to treat a deficiency as soon as possible.
“Cyanocobalamin Versus Methylcobalamin.” Cyanocobalamin Versus Methylcobalamin. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Aug. 2013.
“Vitamin B12.” Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: — Health Professional Fact Sheet. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Aug. 2013.