Vitamin B12 and Its Impact on Energy
Many people today are looking for an all-natural, safe, and beneficial product that gives them a long-lasting energy boost without resorting to caffeine. Drinking caffeine to stay awake is like spending $1.50 to make $1.00. You can do it for a certain amount of time (have you ever watched a large company run their business this way?), but ultimately it is unsustainable. So what’s the solution? The best idea is to get an energy supplement that actually works without using caffeine. In our last article we briefly explored the role of B vitamins in our body’s energy infrastructure, but in this article, we’ll dive a bit more in depth to the facts about Vitamin B12.
About Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin made of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and cobalt. One unique fact about vitamin B12 is that it’s not just humans and other animals who cannot manufacture it. Plants and fungi also cannot produce vitamin B12. Only bacteria and archaea have this ability, making dietary sources of B12 more rare than typical essential nutrients. Absorption of B12 is slow, meaning that it gives you a slow-release, long-lasting energy boost that doesn’t leave you with a crash afterward.
Vitamin B12 is Essential
Vitamin B12 is not just for energy. It is also a vital ingredient in many body systems, such as making sure that your brain functions normally and helping to form red blood cells.
If you don’t get enough vitamin B12, the consequences can be severe. Common symptoms include fatigue, lethargy, depression, and poor memory. One of the jobs that B12 is supposed to perform is the manufacturing of neurotransmitters. Correct amounts of these neurotransmitters can help to reduce the effects of depression.
Vegetarians and B12
Since Vitamin B12 is crucial for your brain and your blood in addition to your energy level, it’s important to ensure that you’re getting enough of it in your diet. Since B12 cannot typically be obtained from plant sources, vegetarians frequently experience vitamin B12 deficiency. However, this can be easily corrected with a supplement.
Question: Is B12 from a Supplement as Good as Dietary B12?
There are four different types of cobalamin, including cyanocobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin, and adenosylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is an active form of vitamin B12. This is the type of B12 that we’ve included in our energy capsules, as it is a highly bioavailable form. In its pure form, it looks like red crystals and it is produced through fermentation of specific bacteria strains.
Question: Can You Eat Probiotics (Bacteria) That Synthesize Vitamin B12?
It doesn’t work. There are bacteria that produce vitamin B12 that can live in the human gut, but they reside in your colon, too far away from the site where B12 can be absorbed. Absorption happens in the small intestines, so the B12 from your gut bacteria would have to travel “upstream” for a long way, and they simply wouldn’t make it.
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