I’ve been supplementing my body with the best of the best when it comes to vitamin and mineral formulas to boost my health and wellness for several years now.
One of the powerful and most noticeably helpful additions is my B12 – Methylcobalamin injection that I give myself once a week. I tend to inject my B12 on the day of the week that is the most energy zapping on my calendar. I know that sounds crazy…that I have days that are energy zapping but when you are living with progressive Multiple Sclerosis the most minor of tasks are energy zapping.
There are different kinds and multiple choices and dosages of vitamin B’s available on the drug store, grocery store and health food store shelves. I prefer the injectable form.
There are two types of vitamin B12…one called Cyanocobalamin and one called Methylcobalamin. There is a difference.
Cyanocobalamin is the most common form and this form is not natural. It is synthesized. It is not the most absorbable form as it is not found in nature. It contains cyanide which you’ve likely heard before as a poison substance. The amount of cyanide in a normal B12 supplement is so tiny but it still needs to be assimilated by the body and eliminated through the detoxification system. My naturopath does not recommend this form of B12.
The form I use, methylcobalamin is more readily absorbed in the body and used in your brain, liver and nervous system. With Multiple Sclerosis being a central nervous system disease I need all of the support I can get in this department.
Being primarily vegan, I need to supplement my B12 as it is found in animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy. I do not consume these animal products so supplementation for me is essential.
Vitamin B12 injections serve many important processes in the human body. The B12 blast helps to improve mood, energy and mental focus. I can attest to this. The days I take my B12 injection I’m more productive, happier and have a bit more “staying” power. The injectable B12 is good for your circulation too, reducing homocysteine levels and helping keep your arteries clear and reduce risk for heart disease. B12 also gives your immune system a big boost and helps the body fight off viruses and free radicals that could lead to illness.
It is really easy to inject yourself with B12 shots. But some people are uncomfortable getting needles and may have to resort to their doctor or naturopath for help.
If you eat meat, eggs and dairy regularly you are probably getting enough B12 in your diet. If you are like me avoiding animal products then you should definitely talk to your doctor about B12 supplementation, orally or injectably. There are some really good quality B12 Methylcobalamin sublinguals (under the tongue) and sprays that will give your body the good form of B12 too.