How to Use Vitamin B12: Do's & Don'ts
Health for your soul:
In this article you will learn:
The different forms of B12 and which are the most effective for supplementation
How to assess B12 status in your body correctly
What to avoid or be careful with when using B12 supplements
Lazy Reader's Section:
There are two forms you should always opt for in supplements, methylcobalamin and hydroxocobalamin. For straight up B-12, this sublingual is a great option as hydroxocobalmin. To assess your body's stores is complicated, but a good place to start is to compare a SpectraCell test result with your genetic reports and a current MMA (methylmalonic acid) blood test.
The Importance of B12
Vitamin B12 is one of the many vitamins part of what I consider the 5 Pillars of Optimal Health, and it is important for a variety of things including metabolism, sleep, mood, energy and cellular health. Most people don't get sufficient amounts of B12 because it is poorly absorbed in general, and the amounts you'd need to take to make a therapeutic difference are just impossible to get from food — especially if you're vegetarian or (worse) vegan.