PRIMARY USES: Energy, Anemia, Nerve and Red Blood Cell Health, Cardiovascular and Heart Health, B-1 2 Deficiency, Athletes, Elderly, Vegetarians
Methylcobalamin is a biologically active coenzyme form of vitamin B-12, the body does not have to take any additional steps to process methylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is utilized more efficiently than cyanocobalamin, which is an inactive form of Vitamin 8-1 2 that requires several metabolic processes before it can be used by the body. Methylcobalamin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and as mentioned above requires no additional metabolic processing before it can be used by the body.
Vitamin B-12 is critical for the production of red blood cells and is required for the synthesis of DNA during cell division. In tissues with rapidly dividing cells such as the bone marrow tissues where red blood cells are produced, B-12 is particularly important. If there is a lack of B-12 during red blood cell formation, DNA production is disrupted and abnormal cells are formed. This can cause a type of anemia termed pernicious anemia
B-12 is also important for maintaining a healthy nervous system. Our nerves are insulated by a phospholipid layer known as the myelin sheath. B-12 is essential for the metabolism of the fatty acids that maintain this myelin sheath. Over time, B-12 deficiency can lead to irreversible nerve damage and neurological problems. B-12 deficiency in infants can cause severe and often permanent neurological damage. It is critical during pregnancy and while breast-feeding for women to maintain sufficient B-12 reserves.
B-12 plays an important part in the production of energy by assisting in the utilization of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is often referred to the “energy vitamin” and is used frequently by athletes and anyone undergoing intense physical or mental stress. Common symptoms of mild B-12 deficiency are weakness, fatigue and poor memory.
B-12 is also essential for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. B-12 along with folate and B-6 are involved in homocysteine metabolism. A deficiency of any one of these vitamins can cause blood levels of homocysteine to rise. Homocysteine is an amino acid normally found in blood, but elevated homocysteine levels are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Those most prone to vitamin B-12 deficiency are strict vegetarians, the elderly and individuals with malabsorption problems. Several prescription medications also interfere with B-12 absorption and can lead to deficiency. Signs and health problems associated with Vitamin B-12 deficiency include Anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, poor balance, depression, mental confusion, dementia, poor memory, soreness of mouth or tongue, neurological damage, and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
CONTRA-INDICATIONS AND CAUTIONS:
Vitamin B-12 has no established upper limit because it has a very low potentialfor toxicity. No known drug interactions exist, however many prescription drugs interfere with B-12 absorption
COMPLIMENTARY FORMULAS & SINGLE HERBS:
Ginseng Master (adaptogen formula for additional energy)
Reishi Eleuthero Master (adaptogen formula for stress relief)
Digest Ease (to increase stomach acid)
B Complex (for additional nutritional support)
DOSAGE: Place 25 drops daily under tongue and hold for 30 seconds or as directed by a health care professional, May be mixed with water or juice.