I know you won’t believe me but I didn’t plan for b12 to be on day 12… how perfect. Anyway vitamin b12 is super popular the past few years, from taking the vitamin to getting shots of it, people are catching on and for good reason!
Yesterday I briefly talked about b complex and the benefits of each b vitamin. Even though I take b complex I also take a separate b12 supplement and have been doing this for years even before I was vegan. Vitamin B12 is a leading deficiency world wide, not just for vegans or vegetarians. More than ever doctors are paying attention to the importance of b12 and will actually do blood tests to check your levels. Click the link to check out some signs and symptoms of deficiency or ask your doctor to do a blood test.
Why I take it:
I started to take this because my practitioner knew that I was deficient based on muscle testing and what my diet consisted of/the state of my digestion at the time. B vitamins are water soluble so you flush them out in your urine. It is important to replenish daily. Basically the more b12 you have in your body, the better. B12 is so important!
When I first started taking b12 I was amazed at how much I loved it and wanted to take more. They are often times sold in “chewable” tablets that taste like lemon or cherry. I didn’t realize this at first and was telling my doctor that there was something wrong because I loved my b12 so much I wanted to chew it… only to find out that was the point.
B12 is a major player in nerve health, which is basically the electrical system of the body. It benefits your mood, memory, hair, nails, energy level, heart, skin and digestion! It plays a role in hormone balance, DNA synthesis and enzyme production.
We all know a healthy body starts with a healthy gut so how does b12 play a role?
“It helps foster healthy bacteria within the gut environment. The elimination of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract — and simultaneously the presence of beneficial bacteria — is what prevents digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) or Candida.”
When to take it:
The most efficient form of b12 is methycobalamin because it is more easily absorbed and used by the body. Unlike cobalamin it does not have to get converted by the liver into a useable solute.
Considerations for this are- do not take it with other medications because it may decrease absorption in the stomach. Yet a good way to avoid this is by using a sublingual or spray form of b12 which will be absorbed by the blood vessels in your mouth and then go directly to your blood stream. As always, stay hydrated and speak with a health professional about what would be best for you!
I take this: megafood vegan methycobalamin, every other day. I had been taking the sublingual but my levels are high enough that I do not need to anymore and I also don’t need to every day.
How it can help you:
- maintain energy levels
- prevents memory loss
- boosts mood
- heart health
- deal with stress
- healthy skin & nails
- aids in digestion
- adrenal fatigue
- needed for healthy pregnancy
- may help prevent cancer
- prevents anemia by increasing red blood cells