Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is one of the most intriguing vitamins and also one of the most complex. Its role in the operations of our bodies is diverse — from maintaining the nervous system, red blood cells, and energy metabolism to the proper functioning of our brains, hearts, livers, and kidneys. It is, in fact, essential for optimal health, performance, and wellbeing. There is conclusive evidence, based on the medical literature that vitamin B12 deficiency can be effectively treated using oral (absorption through the buccal mucosa) delivery as a convenient, easy, high compliance alternative to injections.

Vitamin B12 sprays: Say NO to Injections!

Super Health Vitamin B12 spray contains the natural and the most bioavailable form of B12, called Methylcobalamin. Since it requires no conversion by the liver (as does the synthesised form – cyanocobalamin), you receive our supplement in the form most readily used by the body. Each spray provides a monthly supply based on a recommended daily serving (8 sprays) of 500 mcg.

Benefits:

Essential for a healthy metabolism of nerve tissues and synthesis of DNA. Helps conversion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins to energy. Highly effective in improving memory. Deficiency can cause brain damage and neurological disorders.

This Super Health spray is superior to tables and provides a less painful alternative to intravenous injections of this vitamin.
It includes Methylcobalamin which is the most bioavailable form of Vitmain B12, therefore this spray has always been one of our most popular products.

Super Health Vitamin B12 spray can be of great support for those whose diet excludes meat. Because the main source of this vitamins is meet, vegans and vegetarians need B12 supplements (they often suffer Vitamin B12 deficiency). A third of people at the age over 50 produce too little stomach acid to release B12 from food. Metformin drugs (Type II diabetes) also degrade absorption of vitamin B12 in pills.

Vitamin B12 occurs naturally in meats and other sources of animal proteins (it is not found in plants), and serious deficiencies are rare in healthy individuals who consume a balanced diet. However, vegans, vegetarians, the elderly or those who have had any kind of gastric surgery, may suffer lower than healthy levels of vitamin B12.

What is Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is consists of a class of chemically-related compounds (vitamers)  and has a complex molecule with the mineral cobalt in the centre of its structure. It is essential for a healthy metabolism of nerve tissues and synthesis of DNA. B12 is also involved in conversion of body fats, carbohydrates and proteins to energy. Vitamin B12 was the last true vitamin discovered in 1948. Many studies proved that supplementation of this bio-chemical can be highly effective in improving memory, while its deficiency can cause brain damage and neurological disorders. Active B12 is unique among vitamins because it is made only by bacteria. It is found in meat, eggs and dairy milk and linked to the activity of bacteria living within the animals. Vegetables and other natural plant foods do not contain B12 therefore vegans should obtain this vitamin from supplementation. Prolonged cooking, including boiling of cow’s milk, destroys B12. A third of people at the age over 50 produce too little stomach acid to release B12 from food. Metformin drugs (Type II diabetes) also degrade absorption of vitamin B12 in pills.

Vitamin B12: Methylcobalamin vs Cyanocobalamin

Vitamin B12 Super Health Spray contains Methylcobalamin. What does it mean? Only one thing – out two forms of Vitamin B12 used in supplements (methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin) we use the advanced one.

Cyanocobalamin is the most commonly supplemented form of vitamin B12. but this form does not actually occur in plants or animal tissues. The chemically synthesized cyanocobalamin, as the name implies, contains a cyanide molecule. Although the amount of cyanide ( a poisonous substance) in a B12 supplement is small, your body will still need to remove and eliminate this compound.

Methylcobalamin is the specific form of B12 needed for nervous system health. Compared with cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin is better absorbed and retained in higher amounts within your tissues. This form of B12 is used primarily in your liver, brain and nervous system. Indications of a potential deficiency of B12 in the nervous system might include numbness, tingling, loss of feeling sensation, burning sensations, muscle cramps, nerve pain and slowness of reflexes.

The metabolism of vitamin B12 in the form of cyanocobalamin is complex since cyanocobalamin can be difficult to absorb, especially for people with low levels of hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. Taking the active form – methylcobalamin, sublingually bypasses this problem and may provide the best results for many people.

Benefits of B12 Super Health Spray

Vitamin B12 is important for processing folic acid in our body that limits a risk of building up homocysteine – a potentially damaging molecule linked to cardiovascular disease. This vitamin may also reduce the risk of cancer and the severity of allergies as well as boosting energy level. Amongst other primary functions of B12 are formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow tissues. It is necessary for the rapid synthesis of DNA during cell division.

  • Supports Nervous System

Vitamin B12 is essential for a healthy metabolism of nerve tissue and deficiencies can cause brain damage and neurological disorders. As a result, methylcobalamin has been found effective in treating autism in children, as well as preventing cognitive decline in demented patients. High doses of methylcobalamin have also been used to treat Bell’s Palsy and multiple sclerosis. In constrast, cyanocobalamin  does not express a methyl-donating property.

  • Improves Vision

Because of Methylcobalamin’s importance in nervous system health, it is also an important nutrient for vision. In fact, continued visual work (like work on a computer) often leads to a reduction in something called “visual accommodation”. Methylcobalamin can significantly improve visual accommodation, while cyanocobalamin appears to be ineffective.

  • Controls of Homocysteine

An elevated level of homocysteine is a metabolic indication of decreased levels of the coenzyme forms of vitamin B12, especially methylcobalamin. Homocysteine has received a tremendous amount of emphasis in the scientific literature because of its associations with heart disease and a variety of other specific health conditions. Vitamin B12, B6 and folic acid the main three B-group vitamins which lower a level of homocysteine in blood. The supplementation of methylcobalamin and folic acid appears to work much better for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases when both vitamins are combined together.

  • Helps Better Sleep

The most well studied use of methylcobalamin has to do with sleep. Although the exact mechanism of action is not yet clear, it is possible that methylcobalamin is needed for the synthesis of melatonin. Available information indicates that methylcobalamin can modulate melatonin secretion, enhance light-sensitivity, and normalize circadian rhythm (your 24-hour clock). Because of this, individuals supplementing this form of B12 often have improved quality of sleep, often will require slightly less sleep, and will not uncommonly report that they feel a bit more refreshed when waking in the morning.

  • Regulates Release of Stress Hormones

Because of methylcobalamin’s impact on 24-hour clock and the cycles, it also plays a key role in regulating your 24-hour release of the stress hormone cortisol (produced by by the adrenal gland). This seems to be particularly important for blood types A and AB. Methylcobalamin also seems to result in a better 24-hour maintenance of body temperature. Typically individuals supplementing this coenzyme form of B12 have higher temperatures in the later hours of the daytime. This usually corresponds with improved alertness and reduce tiredness during  the day.

Dosage of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 can be stored in small amounts by the body. Total body store is 2-5mg in adults, with about 80% of this is stored in the liver. Vitamin B12 has extremely low toxicity and even taking it in enormous doses appears not to be harmful to healthy individuals. Tests in Oxford University showed that taking measured doses of vitamin B12 and other B group vitamins cut brain shrinkage by 30% in 266 people aged 70 and over.Read more on deficiency.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Although vitamin B12 deficiency is considered rare, such deficiency is found in about 15% of older people. Vitamin B12 deficiency is common among vegetarians and vegans, because the main dietary  source of B12 is meat. However, deficiency is also surprisingly evident in meat eaters because B12 can only be absorbed in the small intestine. Due to common intestinal ailments, many meat eaters are unable to absorb B12 in their gut. People who take acid-blocking medications including Metformin, prescribed for type 2 diabetes patients have also trouble with absorption of B12. Read more on deficiency.

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