Vegan Health: Types of Vitamin B12
METHYLCOBALAMIN VS. CYANCOBALAMIN
Cobalamin (B12) is our powerhouse vitamin. It is an essential cofactor for DNA synthesis, red blood cell production and overall brain health — YOU NEED IT!
WHAT DEFICIENCY LOOKS LIKE:
Moderate to extreme fatigue, anxiety, depression, memory loss, brain fog, nerve impairment such as tingling or numbness. Symptoms may differ based on age, gender and diet but those listed above are fairly universal red flags.
WHAT'S THE BIG DIFFERENCE?
Preference — natural vs synthetic & absorption vs retention. Although methylcobalamin may mean bigger bucks on the shelf, studies show your cells are holding on to it longer! From a food and nutrition approach, naturally occurring molecules that your body recognizes always win the #1 spot! Because both B12 absorption and retention are such a complex and individualized process, trust your instincts and check in with your body periodically!
PRO TIP:Do Not Wait! B12 deficiencies are often undiagnosed until symptoms become severe. Raising your levels can take 3+ months, avoid the deficiency dive by upping your game today!
- If you suspect a wider issue – look for an impactful B Complex!
- If you suspect pernicious anemia – see your local MD or Naturopath for testing as B12 injections may be required!
ABOUT LIN IVEY
Lin Ivey is a Certified Nutritionist and soon to be Chartered Herbalist!
Lin has a wild passion for anything herbal, health and wellness. She gets joy from helping people improve their sense of wellbeing through active conversation, education and hands-on nutrition practices! Learn more about Lin here.
First Class Honours graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition:
Certified Nutritionist, CNP
Current student of Dominion Herbal College:
Chartered Herbalist, CH