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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 contributes to a number of processes in the body. Feeling tired all the time? Memory not what it used to be? Struggling to complete physical tasks that you used to take easily in your stride?

All these are common complaints that can result from a myriad of different medical problems. But there is often just one cause that links them all – vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 is sourced from animal products such as meat, fish, milk and eggs. It is one of the water-soluble B vitamins which is bound to protein within food. However, it is difficult to absorb through the gut. This means you may be struggling to get enough through a healthy diet.

What does vitamin B12 do?

Vitamin B12 supplements have many many benefits to the body. It helps to reduce the onset of fatigue. As well as, helping to increase concentration levels by contributing to a normal energy metabolism.

Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of red blood cells. It is also important for the development and normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Particularly those aspects which determine concentration, learning, memory and reasoning.

Sources of vitamin B12

We get B12 from animal products such as:

  • Red meat
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • It can also be found in fortified foods

However, you may be struggling to get enough through a healthy diet alone. This is due to its large molecular size, which makes it notoriously hard to absorb through the gut.

Who needs vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a difficult nutrient to absorb in the gut. At most only 1% of our dietary intake will be absorbed by the body. Diet and life-stages also have an impact on your B12 requirements, most notably:

Vegetarians and vegans

Who may have restricted B12 intake due to limited diet.

Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

Vitamin B12 is essential for both mother and baby. As it crosses the placenta during pregnancy and is present in breast milk.

Those with malabsorption issues

As we age our secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach reduces and we become more vulnerable to depletion.

Athletes

With increased workout intensity the body will develop nutritional imbalances effecting stamina, strength and performance.

Frequent travellers

Can help energy levels when traveling. Particularly over long distances where sleep patterns are disrupted.

Pernicious Anaemia Sufferers

Can be used between injections to help boost vitamin b12 levels.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency can occur at any age. In the past, we have associated a lack of B12 with growing older and our inability to extract the large molecule from our diet. However, more and more children and teenagers are being diagnosed with a deficiency. In extreme cases vitamin B12 deficiency can cause severe nerve damage.

Our livers hold large stores of B12 and deficiency tends to develop over many years. Because symptoms can easily be mistaken, diagnosis is often missed. Symptoms of B12 deficiency vary but include one or more of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Vague mental fogging and memory problems
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Pins and needles in the hands and feet
  • An unsteady walk

The most common causes of vitamin B12 deficiency are:

  • An autoimmune condition – pernicious anaemia
  • Food-bound vitamin B12 malabsorption
  • Restricted diets
  • Increasing age

Tiredness, stress, ill-health, poor or limited diet will all reduce this absorption further.

How do I raise my vitamin B12 levels?

A vitamin B supplement can be the easiest way to raise your B12 levels. As a water-soluble vitamin there is no upper daily limit to how much you can take. However, because of the difficulty in absorbing such a large molecule, tablets can be difficult for the gut to break down and digest.

A daily B12 oral spray avoids over-reliance on the digestive system. This is because it can be applied directly onto the inner cheek of the mouth. Absorption commences immediately. It’s fast, it’s convenient and it tastes great.

Stimulant free, containing natural B12, green tea and chromium

Efficient and fast bio-availability

Natural apricot flavour

Formulated for modern, stressful lifestyles

Absorption tested by Cardiff University since 2007

Stimulant free, containing natural B12, green tea and chromium

Efficient and fast bio-availability

Natural apricot flavour

100% vegan friendly

Formulated for modern, stressful lifestyles

Absorption tested by Cardiff University since 2007

How do vitamin B12 oral sprays work?

Intra-oral sprays are a pioneering delivery method. They are expertly formulated to boost vitamin B12 levels efficiently and conveniently.

Each spray delivers tiny droplets into the soft tissue of the mouth.

These droplets are then absorbed, entering the rich vein system below.

This allows the formulation to quickly enter the bloodstream for optimal absorption.

Our work with the Pernicious Anaemia Society

There are many people who suffer from Pernicious Anaemia and have insufficient levels of vitamin B12. This is not a problem with the blood but rather with the digestive system. Some people do not produce the intrinsic factor which hampers their absorption of B12. However, this is a very small percentage of Pernicious Anaemia sufferers. The majority of people do produce the intrinsic factor. Yet, for some unknown reason, they also produce something that kills off the intrinsic factor - Anti-Intrinsic Factor Antibodies.

If you have been diagnosed with pernicious anaemia by your doctor he will undoubtedly have prescribed a course of B12 injections. Depending upon your level these will be weekly, monthly or every three months and vary in dosage levels. However, this form of treatment often results in symptoms returning before the next injection is due. Our vitamin B12 oral spray can help with this.

Read our latest Vitamin B12 articles

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The use of sub-lingual sprays in treating Pernicious Anaemia

What's the difference between vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anaemia? Martyn Hooper, chairman Pernicious Anaemia Society explains.

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