Vitamin B12 Complex: Promotes Normal Functioning of the Brain & Nervous System
• Helps with the formation of blood
• Maintains healthy nerve cells & red blood cells
• Involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body
• Improves low blood pressure
• Promotes natural energy
• Strengthens cardiovascular health
• Enhances blood circulation
• Helps alleviate stress
What is Vitamin B12 and How Does it Work?
Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that promotes normal brain and nervous system functions and to assist with the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is involved in every metabolic cell in the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.
Commonly found in a variety of foods such as: fish, shellfish, meat and dairy products, Vitamin B12 is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in a vitamin B complex formulation to optimise health and well being.
Why Should You Take Vitamin B12 Complex?
Studies have shown that a deficiency of Vitamin B12 can lead to abnormal neurologic and psychiatric symptoms. These symptoms may include: ataxia (shaky movements and unsteady gait), muscle weakness, spasticity, incontinence, hypotension (low blood pressure), vision problems, dementia, psychoses and mood disturbances. Researchers report that these symptoms may occur when Vitamin B12 levels are just slightly lower than normal and are considerably above the levels normally associated with anemia. Once released, Vitamin B12 combines with a substance called intrinsic factor (IF) before it is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Who Needs to Take Vitamin B12 and What are the Deficiency Symptoms?
People at risk for Vitamin B12 deficiency include strict vegetarians, elderly people and people with increased Vitamin B12 requirements associated with pregnancy, thyrotoxicosis, hemolytic anemia, hemorrhage, malignancy, liver or kidney disease. Administering Vitamin B12 orally, intramuscularly or intranasally is effective for preventing and treating dietary Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Symptoms associated with Vitamin B12 deficiency include anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, soreness of the mouth or tongue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Deficiency can also lead to neurological changes such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, difficulty in maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia and poor memory.
Why Should You Take Methylcobalamin B12 Instead of Cyanocobalamin B12?
Methylcobalamin is the more efficient form of Vitamin B12 because it is better absorbed by the body and specifically helps the nervous system, brain and liver. Vitamin B12 Complex also combines B6, Folic Acid and Biotin for a more comprehensive support.
The reason why Cyanocobalamin version of B12 is less effective is because it has to be stripped down in a time consuming, multi-step process, and this reduces its nutritional availability and potency.