What is it? B12, also known as methylcobalamin, that is commonly found in meat sources. Vegan ancestors actually used to consume this vitamin from unwashed fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately with the current treatment of our foods with pesticides and the deficiency of vitamins in our soil, this vitamin is commonly missed.This vitamin plays a major role in multiple systems:
- Helps form red blood cells to deliver oxygen
- Helps form myelin – a fatty tissue that protects nerves cells
- Metabolism of carbs, fats, and protein
- Reduces homocysteine – a natural inflammatory byproduct of the body
Depression Mental confusion Anxiety Pins and needles sensation in extremities B12/Folate deficient anemia Fatigue Shortness of breath Bloating Weight gainWhat are the benefits? Increase energy Mental clarity Efficient metabolism Improved stress response Why a shot? Absorption of B12 in the digestive system is dependent on a chemical called intrinsic factor and adequate amounts of stomach acid. People with digestive issues and those taking antacids do not secrete the above factors properly making it difficult to absorb B12 from food. A shot increases absorption and utilization of B12 and people generally feel the effects quickly. This vitamin comes in three different forms: cyanocobalamin, hydroxycobalamin, and methylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is the best-absorbed form of this nutrient.