Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Generally, vitamin B-12 supplements are recommended for all vegetarians. As it is primarily found in meat, eggs and dairy products, henceforth it is strongly advised for vegans. Individuals whose body shows extreme fatigue, lack of energy, poor appetite, headaches, anemia, and nervous disorder must consume B-12 dietary supplements.

Which Is The Best Vitamin B-12 Supplement?

Which Is The Best Vitamin B-12 Supplement?

More than half of adult population in the US uses dietary supplements in the form of multivitamins. Inconsistently, dietary supplement users tend to have higher intakes of some vitamins from food sources than people who do not use supplements, perhaps in part because they consume more fruits and vegetables. Dietary supplements can deliver large amounts of micro-nutrients to the diet.

The biggest challenge remains in the user is which one must choose and what’s the best dietary supplement? Because, a search of the key phrase “vitamin B-12 dietary supplements” within amazon, yields many products. The FDA-USA does not have the authority to review dietary supplements for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed, and it is, therefore, the responsibility of manufacturers.

What To Look For When Buying Vitamin B-12 Supplements?

The most important thing in choosing supplement is,

  • It should have good tolerance and effectiveness in the human body
  • The natural form of B-12 (Hydroxocobalamin form) produced by the microorganism.
  • Better sustained release effect.
  • Longer effect
  • Must be used as an antidote to cyanide
  • Good for replenishing body store
  • Good for detoxification
  • Must be suitable for all ages and very affordable.

According to the Vegan Society, there are no vegan sources of vitamin B12, other than foods that are fortified with added B12. Not all fortified foods are generally safe. Consuming vitamin B12 through approved fortified non-dairy milk or a box of cereal may be safe. They may be effective, but overall, isn’t the smartest option because they may be from artificial sources. Many fortified foods come with added additives such as sugars, palm oils and high sodium salts which could bring adverse effect to health and possibility of poor absorption in the body.

Liquid form, spray, and intravenous B-12 benefits more than the pills as they reach the bloodstream directly. Sublingual supplements are like tablets except they melt under the tongue where they immediately enter the bloodstream. Pharmaceutical preparations for sublingual administration are manufactured in the form of sublingual tablets, strips, drops, spray, lozenge, and effervescent buccal.

Choosing the right dosage is another important factor. Most range from 25 mcg (micrograms) all the way up to 1000 mcg, which are the ranges safely sold over the counter. Higher doses are available through shots and injections, but typically only available through a physician’s approval and administration for individuals suffering extremely low, unhealthy levels.

Overall, vitamin B12 supplements are very safe, easy to find, very affordable per serving, Immediate medical care is required if any symptoms show. While short-term use of vitamin B12 has no immediate side effects, even at very high doses, but taking high doses over a long period of time does seem to be associated to an increased risk of the certain disorder. Hence, always physician advice is required for dosage, period of use and branded B-12 supplement when sold in the counter.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: June 29, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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