Vitamin B12 comes in many different forms and has an even larger array of benefits. Vitamin B12 is also known by the names, cobalmin, cobrynamide, aquocobalamin, cyanocobalamin, cobinamide, cobamide, and nitrotocabalamin. Vitamin B12 was not completely identified until 1960. In 1934, a Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery that liver could be used to treat pernicious anemia. A neat part of B12 is that it needs an intrinsic factor, which is made in the stomach, to take it from the gastrointestinal track to the rest of the body.
Some of the signs of vitamin B12 deficiency can include a red or sore tongue, heart palpitations, memory problems, nervousness, depression, insomnia, and breathing trouble. You may also experience ringing in the ears, an enlarged liver and poor balance.
Vitamin B12 can be of great use to those of you that are deficient. The biggest benefit is that it helps with pernicious anemia and can also be used to treat high homocysteine levels. Another area that B12 is greatly used for is to help with the formation and regeneration of red blood cells. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is made from proteins that builds up and may lead to heart disease. A difference can be seen when treating heart disease, chronic fatigue system, and male infertility. Others are diabetes, bursitis, depression, psychiatric disorders and osteoarthritis that can benefit from vitamin B12. Also, please don’t try to get in too much B12, as that can lead to a heart attack. You should check with your physician first before taking any supplements. Sometimes B12 needs other supplements to work their best, especially B6 and folic acid.
The most efficient and easiest way to get vitamin B12 into your body is by the food you eat. The two foods with the most B12, are calf’s liver and snapper. The calf’s liver is best braised and the snapper can be baked or broiled. Other foods include, venison, salmon, beef tenderloin, lamb loin, scallops, shrimp, halibut and yogurt, in order of importance to volume of B12. It is also available in eggs, soybeans, milk and brewer’s yeast cheese.
Vitamin B12 is water-soluble and is absorbed easily into your digestive track. If at all possible, and you are diagnosed with a vitamin B12 deficiency, it would be best to change your diet to add these vitamin B12 rich foods into your diet first before trying other methods.
Vitamin B12 is also available in tablet and capsule form, making it easy for just about anyone to swallow. Please make sure that your over the counter supplement contains no fillers or additives, such as sugar, starch, gluten, or silica. You also don’t want any artificial colors or flavorings of any kind; your B12 should be as pure as possible. Also a nasal spray, available only by prescription from your physician can be used. This allows you to administer the supplement at home. By spraying into your nose, the B12 is absorbed quickly into the mucus membranes and should start to work immediately. You can also get injections of vitamin B12, available in your physician’s office. These injections are absorbed into your muscle tissue and then into the blood stream very quickly, as well.
There is also a sublingual form of B12, that you put under your tongue and let dissolve. Please don’t swallow this pill, as the effectiveness is lost. When placed under the tongue to dissolve, it is quickly absorbed into the blood vessels under the tongue. This is a very efficient way to get your B12 in.
No matter what form you choose, please check with your physician to make sure you have chosen the proper form and that it is ok to take a vitamin B12 supplement with the other medications you take, if any.