By Dr. Natasha Turner ND
Compared to other vitamins, we don’t need a very large amount of vitamin B12 — but we do need to replenish our supply just about every single day. B vitamins are water-soluble and flushed out of the body somewhat easily, so to maintain levels of the recommended amount within our bloodstream and prevent a vitamin B12 deficiency, we need to eat food sources of B vitamins often. Vitamin B12 deficiency can be hard to detect.
Symptoms of a b12 deficiency can include:
Beyond the troubling symptoms of deficiency, there are many health benefits to keeping your B12 well into the optimal range. I ensure all of my patients have blood values between 600 to 1200, even though most labs state 150 and up as normal or acceptable. However, researchers have found B12 in the higher, optimal range was the level they established as offering protection against dementia.
According to the National Institute of Health, two steps are required for the body to absorb vitamin B12 from foods and experience the vitamin B12 benefits mentioned above.
First, hydrochloric acid in the stomach separates vitamin B12 from the protein to which vitamin B12 is attached in food. After this, vitamin B12 combines with a protein made by the stomach called intrinsic factor and is absorbed by the body. So, essentially, the health of your digestive system is just as important in absorbing and using adequate levels of vitamin B12 as the foods you’re eating are! Because it is not easily absorbed from the stomach, vitamin B12 is most effective when taken in a lozenge in the form of hydroxocobalamin.
You can expect these wonderful benefits in no time:
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Why this new formula?
It is a comprehensive formula designed to support optimal methylation and help maintain healthy homocysteine levels already within normal range. It features five key nutrients that are involved in homocysteine metabolism: folate as calcium folinate and Quatrefolic® for increased bioactivity; trimethylglycine; and vitamins B12, B6, and B2. These five nutrients promote the process of methylation. Methylation is the addition of a methyl group (a carbon atom with three hydrogen atoms attached) to proteins, enzymes, chemicals, DNA, or amino acids like homocysteine. It is a vital and fundamental process that takes place in many biochemical pathways involving detoxification, cardiovascular health, neurological health, eye health, muscle health, bone health, and redox balance. Effective methylation also has roles in the biosynthesis and breakdown of catecholamines, such as epinephrine. This is an important aspect of healthy adrenal functioning.
Looking for just a b12 lozenge? Clear b12 is twice the strength of an injection and one bottle contains a 2 month supply. My recommendation is to SUCK the lozenge, don’t chew it! Studies have demonstrated that, if allowed to dissolve in the mouth, oral forms of vitamin B12 are extremely effective.