Many experts previously believed that strict vegetarians were the primary group that could develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. If you had adequate stores of this important nutrient in your body, the experts believed you were “safe” for many years from developing a B12 deficiency.
Now we know better.
Vitamin B12 deficiency and depletion are much more common than previously thought, especially in the over-60 population. In fact, it's believed that almost one in four people older than 60 have deficient levels of this vital vitamin.
Equally disturbing are emerging signs that other age groups harbor suboptimal blood levels of B12 as well.
Why is vitamin B12 deficiency such a big deal?
Your body depends on vitamin B12 for a host of functions, because it helps to...
- Maintain normal energy levels.*
- Promote healthy neurological activity, including mental alertness.*
- Support normal homocysteine levels for healthy cardiac function.*
- Ease occasional stress and sleeplessness.*
- Maintain healthy cell growth and repair.*
- Promote normal immune function.*
- Support normal metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.*
When your blood levels of vitamin B12 are low, one or more of these functions may be disrupted.
Without adequate blood levels of B12, you can experience symptoms related to low energy, mental fatigue, mood changes, sleep difficulties and even occasional indigestion.*
Your body relies on the efficient conversion of carbohydrates to glucose – your body's source of fuel – just like your car needs to be able to use gas to run smoothly. Vitamin B12 plays a major role in that conversion in your body. Likewise, B12 enables your body to convert fatty acids into energy as well.
Contrary to what you might have heard, there's really no solid evidence that supplemental vitamin B12 helps you lose weight.
Overall, vitamin B12 is a nutrient your body cannot do without for efficient, healthy metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.*
How You Get Vitamin B12 Deficient
The older you get, the more likely you are to have a vitamin B12 deficiency. The two ways that you become deficient in vitamin B12 are from not getting enough in your diet and from losing the ability to absorb it.
One example is India, which is primarily a vegetarian based culture and current studies there show about 80% of the adults are deficient in vitamin B12. However, vegans are not the only ones who can become vitamin B12 deficient.
The older you get, the more your digestive system breaks down, especially if you have been following the standard American diet. Specifically, the lining of your stomach gradually loses its ability to produce hydrochloric acid, which releases vitamin B12 from your food.
The use of antacids or anti-ulcer drugs will also lower your stomach acid secretion and decrease your ability to absorb vitamin B12. Infection with Helicobactor pylori, a common contributor to stomach ulcers, can also result in vitamin B12 deficiency.
However, the main cause of vitamin B12 deficiency is a term researchers call food-cobalamin malabsorption syndrome. Cobalamin is the scientific term for vitamin B12. This typically results when your stomach lining loses its ability to produce intrinsic factor which is a protein that binds to vitamin B12 and allows your body to absorb it at the end of your small intestine. See Figure 1 (below) for a detailed diagram of cobalamin absorption.
Figure 1. Cobalamin (cbl) absorption and metabolic pathway. (A) Structure of cobalamin (vitamin B12) with a corrin ring bound to a central cobalt atom. (B) The metabolic journey of cbl from nutrient intake to its intestinal absorption. Endocytic receptors and proteins responsible for vitamin B12 intestinal absorption include cubilin (CUBN), amnionless (AMN), receptor-associated protein (RAP) and megalin (LRP-2). The membrane megalin/transcobalamin II (TCII) receptor complex allows the cellular uptake of cbl. Lysosomal-mediated degradation of TCII and subsequent release of free cbl is essential for vitamin B12 metabolic functions. MS: methonine synthase; THF: tetrahydrofolate; MTHFR: methyltetrahydrofolate reductase; MCM: methylmalonyl coA mutase.
NEW Form of Vitamin B12 Not Found in Most Health
Food and Vitamin Stores
If you often feel tired, run-down, and lacking in energy, you're not alone. Low energy is one of our country's biggest health complaints.
Some of the top reasons for this are refined foods that are:
- Sold in grocery stores and are depleted of vital nutrients.
- Loaded with sugar.
- Full of chemicals.
- Overloaded with food colorings.
- Loaded with preservatives.
...but it doesn't stop there.
Add the harmful effects of caffeine, pollution, conventional therapies and the stress most of us experience every day... and you've got yourself a recipe for energy drain.
Well, there's a new way to give yourself extra energy.* Actually, a cutting- edge way to feel more energized without the jitteriness of caffeine.* More on this in a moment.
Now, of course, powering up with extra energy is just one of B12's many health benefits, but you need to...
Make Sure Your Vitamin B12 Is Made from This...
Otherwise, you could be wasting your time. How could that be? Well, the answer simply put is... not all types of B12 (cobalamins) are created equal.
There are generally three main types of cobalamins used in B12 supplements...
Even though cyanocobalamin B12 is probably the most popular form of B12 in supplements, we don't consider it the most effective. That distinction goes to methycobalamin (methyl B12).
And methyl B12 is the cobalamin compound of choice in our Methyl B12 Energy Boost because...
- Studies suggest that methyl B12 may be better utilized and retained in the body.
- Methyl B12 is the active form of vitamin B12, and evidence indicates it has some applications not shared by other forms of vitamin B12.
- With other forms of B12, your body must convert them into a coenzyme form for you to benefit. Not so with methyl B12... it's already in the active coenzyme form naturally in your body.
What Critical Health Benefits Does this Vitamin Bring to the Table?
For starters, vitamin B12 helps folic acid regulate the formation of red blood cells and helps your body use iron.
In addition, it is also needed for proper digestion, food absorption, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. It also helps keep your nervous system healthy by assisting the nerves of your body to function and communicate in an optimal manner.
B12 also helps in cell formation and cellular longevity. Plus, it can support female reproductive health and promote normal nerve growth and development by maintaining the fatty sheaths. These fatty sheaths play a vital role as they cover and protect your nerve endings.
This workhorse of a micronutrient is critical to your circulation and adrenal hormone production. Plus, it helps enhance your immune system response.*
Vitamin B12 also supports a healthy mood and feelings of well-being, providing excellent support for your memory, mental clarity and concentration.*
Aside from using B12 to give you an energy boost, when does it also make sense to supplement with this all-important vitamin? Well, there are several good reasons to take vitamin B12.
And the first reason to take it is if you are a carb type or a strict vegetarian.
If You Avoid Meat, You Probably Need to Take B12
Many people avoid red meats for a large variety of reasons. If you are one of them, you are at a high risk for developing vitamin B12 deficiency. Why? Because plant sources have virtually no vitamin B12. And oral forms of B12 in nearly all supplements are practically useless, as little is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Vegetarians should take this essential micronutrient to ensure an adequate supply of it, because it is found almost exclusively in animal tissues. And the few plant foods that are sources of B12 are actually B12 analogs – not the form that provides all the benefits of the real deal.
Simply put, an analog is a substance that blocks the uptake of true B12. The result being your body's need for the nutrient actually increases.
Now, if getting a good night's sleep has also become increasingly more difficult for you, here's...
What Your Sleeping Difficulties May Be Trying to Tell You
If you experience occasional sleeplessness, taking vitamin B12 during the day may help you. Here's why.
B12 plays a vital role in melatonin production. Melatonin has been called "the sleep hormone" because it is responsible for letting you get a good night's sleep.
As you age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to get a good night's sleep because your body becomes less efficient at making this hormone. And that's why it's a good idea to take B12 to help you sleep like a baby each night.
Moreover, a vitamin B12 deficiency can have other consequences as well.
Do You or a Loved One Experience Any of the Following?
Not many know it, but you may need to supplement with vitamin B12, even if you eat foods rich in B12, if you experience:
- Tiredness and feelings of weakness.
- Less-than-optimal nervous system functioning.
- Less-than-optimal eye health.
- Loss of appetite and unintended weight loss.
- Occasional constipation and gas.
- Feelings of mild moodiness.
- Less-than-optimal memory.
- A tendency toward nervousness.
- Less-than-optimal balance.
- Less-than-optimal liver or heart health.
- Premature grey hair.
- Occasional digestive issues.
You can eat plenty of meat, poultry, lamb's liver, brewer's yeast, clams, eggs, herring, mackerel, kidneys, milk, dairy products or seafood – and still have low levels of B12. How can that be?
It could be because your body is unable to absorb it from your gut. You see B12 needs the help of a protein in order to be absorbed. That protein is called intrinsic factor. And because the lining of your stomach makes intrinsic factor, people with less-than-optimal gastrointestinal health often need to supplement with B12.
Likewise, most people older than 50 have a limited ability to absorb B12, too. Thus, the need for supplementation.
With that said, the form of vitamin B12 we suggest does NOT come as a pill, tablet, capsule, gelcap or liquid.
Amazingly, it's B12 in a spray.
A modern marvel that we believe gives most people far better results than anything else is our innovative Methyl B12 Energy Boost.
How Can Something as Simple as a Spray
Work so Much Better Than a Pill, Tablet or Capsule?
Quite simply, the B12 in Methyl B12 Energy Boost comes in an easily absorbed form your body can now use.*
It turns out that this fine-mist spray formula you spray into your mouth causes the essential nutrients to become absorbed rapidly.*
As a result, the spray mechanism delivers more of this product's nutrients to your circulatory system, tissues and cells quickly.*
Remember, only a small fraction of this crucial vitamin gets absorbed through your gut when you take it in a pill, tablet, capsule or gelcap.
And to make Methyl B12 Energy Boost even more effective, we made sure our manufacturer used this.
The Real Truth about the B12 in Most Multivitamins
Most supplements contain 100-200 micrograms of B12, but if you actually took 500 micrograms of B12, you'd get an absorption of about 1.8 micrograms. With only 1.8 out of a total of 500 micrograms, that's an absorption rate of only one third of 1%. And that's just the start.
The late Victor Herbert, a renowned B12 researcher, said that many multivitamin products on the market today contain dangerous B12 analogs.
In other words, analogs get created when crystalline B12 interacts with other nutrients in multivitamin products, such as vitamin C, iron and copper – increasing your body's need for B12. Does the company selling the multivitamin tell you this vital bit of information? Probably not.
Truth be told, most multivitamins sold today are a complete waste of money when it comes to their B12 quality and performance.
Each bottle of Methyl B12 Energy Boost delivers a serving size (1,000 micrograms) of six sprays per day. And you get approximately 205 metered sprays in each container.
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- Sugar and yeast.
- Starch and wheat.
- Soy and gluten.
- Eggs, salt and dairy.
Better yet, it also does not contain artificial flavors, color, binders, fillers, wax, shellac, talcum and animal gelatin.
The bottom line is that our Methyl B12 Energy Boost is stimulant-free and tastes great. Best of all, it's packaged in a convenient pre-metered, non-aerosol container that easily fits in your purse, pocket or work bag.
No doubt about it, Methyl B12 Energy Boost is an exceptional product that can help improve your energy and overall health and well-being.* Try it for yourself, and order your supply today.