If you are a vegan or vegetarian there's a high possibility that you may not be getting adequate B12 from your diet because food sources of B12 are predominantly of animal origin. This is most significant in a vegan diet because no dairy products or eggs, which contain some B12, are eaten in a vegan diet, as opposed to a vegetarian diet.
However, it is not only vegans or vegetarians that can be low in vitamin B12. Surprisingly enough omnivores can also be deficient in B12 due to digestive disorders and/or poor digestive absorption of nutrients. The elderly may also be more susceptible to low B12 levels, as effective digestion can decline with age. If you're a vegan it would be of benefit to supplement with B12, and if you're a vegetarian or omnivore, you can get a blood test to determine whether or not you are deficient in vitamin B12.
So, you're a vegan, or know that your vitamin B12 levels are low, but you're not sure which type of B12 supplement to take, well read on.
Methylcobalamin is the most effective form of vitamin B12 supplement because it is most easily absorbed into the cells. However, many vitamin B12 supplements use cyanocobalamin because it is easier to manufacture and therefore cheaper to purchase, but the body does not absorb it very well, therefore it doesn't do a very good job of serving its purpose in the body.
Power of Nature's favourite vitamin B12 supplement is Premier Research Labs B12-ND. It comes in a probiotic-fermented, liquid form that is a rich source of B12, combining three preferred forms of B12: methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin and hydroxycobalamin, for more effective absorption and utilisation by the cells. It is of pure vegan source, therefore suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It has no heavy metals, no radiation sterilisation, non-GMO, and is screened for pathogens and purity verified.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, it is a good idea to try to include some plant sources of vitamin B12 into your diet also.
As well as B12, there are many other highly beneficial B vitamins. They all work well together as a team, therefore if you only have moderately sub-optimal B12 levels or are just wanting a maintenance dose of B12 once your levels are back up to par, Premier Research Labs Max B - ND is highly recommended.
Vitamin B12 plays an important role in maintaining healthy digestion, protein synthesis, fertility, prevention of anaemia, and neurological and cardiovascular health.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can contribute to digestive disorders, moodiness, depression, lethargy, dizziness, poor eye health, poor memory, pernicious anaemia, palpitations, degeneration of nerve and bone tissue, and inflammation of the tongue.
Stores of vitamin B12 in the body can diminish slowly, and the effects of this can go unnoticed for quite some time, but it does not mean that damage is not occurring as levels decline.
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