It is my understanding that vitamin B12 can only be absorbed by the body from food or an injection. Is this true?
Q. Dear Terry, “It is my understanding that vitamin B12 can only be absorbed by the body from food or an injection. Is this true?” — Kim F., Santa Fe, NM.
A. Dear Kim, B-vitamins are crucial to our overall health and wellbeing. They play a role in cardiovascular health, reducing homocysteine and inflammation levels, proper nervous system function, mental health, energy production, and numerous other important activities.
Many people may obtain B-vitamins from their diet, but often times they are not in the proper form. Roughly 30% of the population has difficulties converting B-vitamins into their active form.
Plus, many medications can deplete the body of B-vitamins like birth control pills, certain diabetes, epilepsy, blood pressure and ulcer medications, steroids, and antibiotics. Even over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are at fault.
This is why I recommend taking B6, B12, and folic acid in their active forms – P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate), methylcobalamin, and methylfolate, respectively. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately to increase energy levels, support heart health, and optimize metabolism.
I suggest taking 25 mg of P-5-P, 800 mcg of methylfolate, and 1,000 mcg of methycobalamin, once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally