VITAMIN B12 (METHYLCOBALAMINE)
WHY IS VITAMIN B12 IMPORTANT
Vitamin B12 serves many purposes but most importantly are the processes within your nerve cells and is critical in red blood cell formation. As you can imagine this can have a significant impact to your energy levels as well as memory function.
Much like certain amino acids, B12 is not produced through the body and must be obtained through diet or supplements.
Supplementation is incredibly important to those who have or are at greater risk for B12 deficiency. Patients with this difficulty include but are not limited to: those with gastrointestinal disease (i.e. Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis), those who have undergone gastric surgery, patients with diabetes or others who take metformin, those who use proton pump inhibitors and even sometimes with those who follow a vegan diet.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN B12
Vitamin B12 is typically thought of as an energy booster. Your body’s stores of B12 take a considerable long time to lower therefore with immediately increasing lowered stores of B12 you gain immediate effects one of which is energy. Another sought after benefit of B12 injections is improving mood and lowering depression. Several studies show users gained significant benefit from initially twice weekly then weekly injections of B12. They felt less overwhelmed by stress and their mood was more positive.
BENEFITS may include:
- Vital for Fat Metabolism
- Assists in digestion of food
- Blood Cell Formation
- Supports the Immune System
- Supports the Nervous System
- Boosts Energy Levels
- Improves Mood
METHYLCOBALAMINE vs CYANOBOBALAMINE
In order of potency or bioavailability (ability of the body to breakdown and use a substance) Cyanocobalaimine would be less potent than Hydroxycobalamine. Cyanocobalamine has a cyanide molecule that the body must break before it can be further broken down and then used by your body. Hydroxycobalamine on the other hand is an intermediate B12. It is more stable than Methycobalamine when mixed with other products but is not as bioavailable or potent as Methylcobalamine.
This B12 product contains methylcobalamin instead of cyanocobalamin or hydroxocobalamin. Methylcobalamin is the most effective form of B12 and can be used by the body at significantly lower doses than the popular alternative. Methylcobalamin is also naturally occurring and has much more bioavailability than cyanocobalamin, this makes it easier for the body to use for energy and metabolism.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF B12
Most have little of no side effects from B12 injections. The interesting and most common is turning your urine pink for 6-12 hours. There are some reports of mild gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea as well as headache, dizziness or skin rashes in some patients.
WHAT IS THE DOSE OF METHYLCOBALAMINE
It is important to make a distinction that at PRAMAH we primarily use the more bioavailable of B12 – methycobalamine which for better understanding is more potent. Dosage also varies depending reason of administration ie vitamin B12 deficiency vs weight loss.
A typical recommendation for weight loss is 5,000 mcg 1-2 times per week