June 29, 2017

Vitamin B12 Basic Facts

General B-12 Facts

  • The technical name for B-12 is cobalamin.
  • There are four types of cobalamin.
  • Cyanocobalamin is synonymous with cobalamin, and is the form found most often in oral supplements.
  • Cyanocobalamin is the least effective form of B-12 – cyanocobalamin may actually contribute to B-12 deficiency.
  • Hydrocobalamin is the natural form of B-12 found in foods.
  • Methylcobalamin is the form of B-12 used in injections.
  • The best vitamin B-12 patch we’ve found, Healthy Habits’ Vitamin B-12 Energy Patch, uses methylcobalamin just like injections do to ensure high bio-availability and effectiveness.
  • B-12 is a key factor in the body’s use of iron and formation of red blood cells.
  • B-12 is essential component ofr the creation and maintenance of the myelin sheath that lines nerve cells.
  • In conjunction with pyridoxine (vitamin B6 and folic acid), B-12 reduces harmful homocysteine levels (high homocysteine levels are a huge risk factor for cardiovascular disease).
  • Helps metabolize food.
  • Helps keep the immune system operating smoothly.

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  1. Here’s an interesting link on WebMD’s Women’s Health:

    It lists the most common causes of fatigue in women, and #1 is anemia from B-12 deficiency! I wonder if women are more at risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency in general?

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