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Methylcobalamin is an active and predominant type of vitamin B-12. The vitamin should be converted by the body to methylcobalamin to provide the required benefits on the body. When you take direct methylcobalamin, it bypasses the conversion process.
The process takes place in both the stomach and small intestine with gastric acid. Once the B12 is released from the proteins in food, the body secretes methylcobalamin into the stomach that allows for the absorption of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 makes it hard for a human body to separate it from the food sources for easy absorption in the intestine, hence vitamin B12 deficiency and low levels of vitamin B12 have been shown to affect nearly half of all people.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the healthy development of red blood cells in the body. Vitamin B12 deficiency can ultimately result in a blood disorder which can cause permanent and severe nerve and brain damage.
Aside from maintaining healthy red blood cells and nervous system, vitamin B12 is needed for our bodies to absorb folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) which helps release energy. Vitamin B12 plays a significant role in the metabolism of every cell of the body allowing for energy production, boosting the immune system, increasing energy, memory loss, slowing aging, Alzheimer’s disease, concentration and boosting mood. Also, it is used to manage diabetes, weak bones or osteoporosis, swollen tendons, AIDS, bowel disease, allergies, asthma, vitiligo, preventing cervical and other types of cancers. This is why taking vitamin B12 is so popular.
People, especially at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency, include older adults, people with pernicious anaemia, vegans, and vegetarians. Older adults with a condition known as atrophic gastritis are especially at risk, and this condition affects 30-50% of adults over age 50. Also, people with pernicious anaemia can't produce the enzyme that allows for vitamin B12 absorption in the intestines. Although pernicious anaemia affects less than 2% of the adult population, it can be deadly and can only treatable with vitamin B12 injections.
However, there are some known benefits for healthy adults that take excess Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is known to boost energy, and the best part is that virtually anyone can benefit from taking extra vitamin B12 supplements. Vitamin B12 is water soluble; therefore there are almost no side effects of taking too much of the vitamin as it is excreted in urine by the body. With recent studies showing the surprising prevalence of low vitamin B12 levels among adults, more people are taking the supplements.
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