We will be reviewing the best supplements that are high in Vitamin B12. Before we get to that let’s learn why vitamin B12 is so important.
Why Vitamin B12 Is Important?
Vitamin B-12 is an important factor in your body’s ability to form red blood cells, the production of DNA, cell metabolism, and nerve function.
The Mayo Clinic says vitamin B-12 can be found in poultry, meat, fish, and dairy products. Vitamin B-12 is also added to some foods, such as fortified breakfast cereals, and is available as an oral supplement. Vitamin B-12 injections or nasal spray might be prescribed to treat vitamin B-12 deficiency. (1)
Your body has the ability to store several years’ worth of vitamin B-12, so deficiency is rare. However, people who eat a vegetarian diet should seek other sources of vitamin B-12. And people who have digestion problems with the absorption of nutrients from the colon should also seek other sources of vitamin B-12. And people as they age, may not absorb as many nutrients as they used to, and they should also seek other sources of vitamin B-12.
People who have a deficiency of vitamin B-12 in their bodies can experience anemia, fatigue, muscle weakness, intestinal problems, nerve damage, and mood disturbances. (1)
To sum it up, it is easy to see that adequate to high vitamin B-12 amounts are important to the body. It’s a key factor to being alert, active, physically strong, and in a good mood.
Will Vitamin B12 Help You Lose Weight?
Many studies have been done on the topic of Vitamin B-12 and weight. One study found having an adequate level of vitamin B-12 may be associated with a lower risk of weight gain. Another study found a lower level of Vitamin B-12 may be associated with a higher risk of weight gain. Conversely, a study found lower levels of Vitamin B-12 can cause appetite loss which can result in weight loss. (2)
Other researchers believe that during aerobic exercise, which contributes to fat loss, the body relies strongly upon the respiratory and circulatory systems. Both are hindered by low B-12 levels. In that case, exercise will produce fewer results. (3)
Another thing that was found is if you have an adequate or high vitamin B-12 level, it is uncertain whether taking more Vitamin B-12 will cause you to lose weight. (4)
Researchers agreed that more research needs to be done. And it is also agreed that it cannot be said with certainty that Vitamin B-12 causes weight loss.
But let’s look at this logically:
Research has proved that Vitamin B-12 is essential to the formation of red blood cells. If you have a lower level of Vitamin B-12, you probably will have a lower level of red blood cells. What happens? You are tired. Maybe even anemic. When you are tired you want to sleep and have no energy. People who are tired and have no energy do not exercise. Therefore, your body is not burning as many calories. Consequently, it is entirely possible that a result of having a low level of Vitamin B-12 is to gain weight.
Perhaps it is not the actual Vitamin B-12 nutrient in and of itself that helps you lose weight. Perhaps it is the result of a high Vitamin B12 level that results in energy, that results in more activity, that results in burning more calories, that results in weight loss. But then that’s just me looking at this logically. Perhaps eating more poultry, meat, fish, dairy products is a better alternative.
Supplements High in Vitamin B12
As I said earlier, aside from the natural food sources for Vitamin B-12, there are supplemental ways to feed your body Vitamin B-12. The following is a list of five Vitamin B-12 products.
Vitamin World has several Vitamin B-12 products in 1000 mcg, 1500, mcg, 2500 mcg, and 5000 mcg strengths. They make their Vitamin B-12 product in caplet form and sublingual form (dissolves under the tongue). They are time-released, gluten-free, and vegetarian, and considered a best seller.
Mykind Organics Liquid contains USDA Certified Organic Beet (root), Carrot (root), Spinach (leaf), Broccoli (flower & stem), Tomato (fruit), Kale (leaf), Red Cabbage (leaf), Parsley (leaf), Brussels Sprout (leaf), Green Bell Pepper(fruit), Cucumber (gourd), Celery (stalk), Garlic (bulb), Ginger (root), Green Onion (root), Cauliflower (flower & stem), Asparagus (flower & stem), Strawberry (fruit), Cherry (fruit), Blackberry (fruit), Blueberry (fruit), and Raspberry (fruit).
It is gluten-free, vegan non-GMO verified, Kosher, and comes in liquid spray form that provides 500 mcg of Vitamin B-12 for each serving. Its liquid form makes it a great alternative for those who have trouble swallowing tablets.
Vitamin B-12 Methylcobalamin provides 1mg (1000 mcg) of Vitamin B-12 Methylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is a form of vitamin B12 that is active in the central nervous system and considered more natural and bioavailable to the body’s system. The product is in lozenges form and can be dissolved in your mouth or chewed, whichever is your preference. Which makes it a great alternative for those who have trouble swallowing tablets. It is non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegetarian.
B-12 Energy Topical Patch is a safe and effective alternative to Vitamin B-12 injections or oral supplements. It is a patch you apply to smooth skin and Latex, Lactose., Gluten and Sugar-free. Each packet contains 30 patches which are a month’s supply.
Natrol’s Vitamin B-12 is Fast Dissolving Tablet in strawberry flavor that contains 5000 mcg of Vitamin B-12. They are packages in 100 tablets and 200 tablets and 1 tablet is the daily recommended dosage. These dissolving tablets are the fastest way to take Vitamin B-12.
If you have energy and your diet consists of poultry, meats, fish, and dairy products and you eat generous amounts of fruits and vegetables, you probably won’t see much if any benefit from taking Vitamin B-12.
If on the other hand, you are feeling a bit fatigued, you might want to have your doctor check your Vitamin B-12 levels. As you can see there are several alternatives for getting Vitamin B-12 into your system. And they are all readily available.
There might be other reasons why you are not energized, check the article below to find if this one is a viable solution:
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