I was trying to find methylcobalamin B12, but could not - ordered them from Germany just to get a reply that they do not have them now, ordered them from a friend who was in AU and coming to Serbia, she bought them and lost them... or someone took them...Never mind... so, I searched more...
Finally... my very mum told me yesterday that she as a nurse gives B12 daily! But she gives OHB12 (hydroksicobalamin). I bought this and got my first shot 2 minutes ago... I was concerned that it was not methyl, but then I found this video that says that hydroksicobalamin is the ONLY ONE TO GO WITH!!!!
What do u think guys?
I've heard arguments in favor of methyl-, hydroxy- and cyano-. Hydroxy- should be fine.
Why are you working so hard to get injections? Have you been diagnosed as clinically deficient? If so, your doctor is obliged to offer you B12 injections. If not, then you don't need injections and could take a sublingual.
Hydroxycobalamin is generally considered to be one of the best forms to get if you are planning to have injections, along with methyl forms. Methyl is best if you want a sublingual supplement. Cyano is the most stable if you plan to use capsules, although methyl is good too, you just need higher doses.
Does oral B12 work?
It should work... I dunno ... if u listen to the video I posted u'll learn that only OHB12 (that I believe can be only taken intramuscular) can give long (er) term results.
There are two types of oral B12. The ones you swallow and the ones you absorb under your tongue. The latter type are the most effective as they go straight into the bloodstream bypassing the stomach and digestive system.
Sublinguals are definitely effective. Injections are only necessary when there is a dangerous level of deficiency. Even with dangerous deficiencies, sublinguals are still effective. The results are just a bit slower (you usually have to use them at high doses for 2-3 months). There is one type of sublingual by a US company which gets amazingly fast results, but their products are not vegan. Ok if you are a veggie but not vegan. They use a different type of sublingual and mega doses. I have contacted them already and told them they should reconsider using lactose in their products.
Sublinguals are safer, and you don't have to fund big pharma and animal testing to get them. They are also cheaper.
everything you have said about sublinguals is so interesting! thank you for the info. Do you have any recomendations for sublinguals?
Hannah, I used Jarrow last year. That is the one is recommended at Cornell's course I finished.
Oh, I hate animal testing! In 2010 I was in England, as a volunteer in an Animal right organization and we did so much against animal testing...
I LOVE all your posts... u r so knowledgeable and actually give real reasons for different things.
Last year I checked my B12 levels and the blood test showed it was under 150! I did it in a private lab, so there was no doctor to intervene... I do not trust them anyway... However, recently I learnt that blood test is not a reliable indication for B12 test. I did blood test for homocysteins and they were 6.5 on the scale between 5 and 12.
I listened so much about B12, so I just want to be on the safe side...
Well, really you don't want to rely soley on either homocysteine or B12 serum. Both can be useful indicators, but the most reliable indicator is urinary methymalonic acid (uMMA), since folic acid and B6 deficiency will commonly lead to elevated homocysteine, even when B12 is adequate. And reducing homocysteine levels doesn't actually reduce any risk for cardiovascular disease, as a recent meta-analysis showed. Elevated homocysteine is a symptom, not a cause of a problem. And sometimes B6 B9 and B12 only end up being inadequate because the body keeps on producing lots of homocysteine.
However if someone did have a blood test of 150 or less I would say that this would definitely be a reason for taking a supplement. I would still go with a sublingual though, unless it was under 120.
Adam thank you so much for this!!!! So, homocystein levels are symptoms? This is new to me. Yeah. my mother's collegue, a dr., when she heard I am about to take B12 shot she advised to take folic as well...
If you need them every two weeks, you are masking the symptoms. Your body should be able to store B12 in the liver much more efficiently than that. Your body must be using up B12 at a very rapid rate for some other reason. You should get some other tests done.