When we say vitamin B, the first thing that comes to mind is ENERGY.
Most people look to the B vitamins (specifically B12) to increase physical and mental energy levels. In fact, all you have to do is go through the check-out line, and you will find stacks of “energy shots”. If you flip that energy shot over, you will most likely see B12 as Cyanocobalamin. But what does that really mean? Is this the best option for your body? We will try to answer that question for you so you can make educated choices about the vitamins you take.
Before we get started, go grab whatever B vitamin(s) you have in your cupboard. We’ll wait… okay do you have it in hand? Turn it over and take a look. What does it list for the ingredients for vitamin B12? (If you have Restore, you are already ahead of the game.)
Just in case you don’t have any in your cupboard, you can look at the labels below:
What you see is the most common, and some harder to find, forms of vitamin B12 used in supplements. Let’s take a deep dive into understanding vitamin B12 so you can choose the best B12 supplement for you.
Hold onto your hats…B12…the breakdown.
BIOAVAILABILE VS METHYLATED
There are two distinguishing characteristics that you need to understand when you think about B12: Bioavailable and Methylated.
Now you should have a good understanding of the difference between bioavailable, phosphorylated, and methylated, and you should also understand the importance of these terms when choosing a vitamin B12, especially if you are taking it to increase your energy levels.
Now let’s jump into the different types of B12 and what to be looking for.
TYPES OF VITAMIN B12
When you look at supplement labels for vitamin B12, three forms are mainly utilized:
We are going to get a little in the weeds here, but we know you will hang in there because in the end, we have a big reveal that will bring it all together…
Adenosylcobalamin – Bioavailable and Methylated
Methylcobalamin – Bioavailable and Methylated
Cyanocobalamin – Bioavailable and Phosphorylated (NOT methylated)
Cyanocobalamin is the MOST COMMON FORM OF VITAMIN B12 in supplements and when your body breaks it down, it leaves cyanide behind that must be detoxed or flushed out of the body.
But, what happens with the leftover cyanide?
When someone takes cyanocobalamin as a supplement, one would naturally wonder what was happening with the cyanide group after the cyanide group and cobalamin were separated when they came into the body. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that a hydroxocobalamin molecule already in the body is now being marshaled to detox the cyanide group in the body and remove it as a detoxification product like what happens in the ER?
In having to detox the cyanide group, hydroxocobalamin is also lost from the body. Taking one molecule of cyanocobalamin as a dietary supplement results in the detox of one cyanocobalamin molecule. This is an example of a synthetic vitamin’s net zero benefit at best.
LET’S BOIL IT DOWN
We shared with you the three major forms of vitamin B12 that supplement companies include in their products. Let’s take a look at why a supplement company would ever use Cyanocobalamin in their products.
It all boils down to cost, profits and the unknowledgeable consumer.
Adenosylcobalamin is approximately $9,200/kilo.
Methylcobalamin is approximately $550/kilo and is less expensive, because it has been on the market for a long time and is widely used by suppliers.
- Cyanocobalamin is approximately $22/kilo and is the cheapest, because it is fairly easy to make, and most of it is processed in China.
Now let’s get back to those labels we had you take a look at in the beginning of this blog.
On Amazon the label below is 200 tablets for $8.97 or .0447 cents per tablet.
On Amazon the label below is 180 tablets for $43.15 or .239 cents per tablet.
The label below is from Dr. Tennant’s Restore Professional. It is $242 for a 30 day supply (plus it has 80+ other high quality, bioavailable and methylated ingredients) and is $8.00 per serving.
We do get asked frequently why Dr. Tennant’s Restore costs so much. Now you know why. We ensure that in every scoop you are not only giving your body what it needs at the highest level of bioavailability and methylation, but we also ensure that you get all of the cofactors in the right amount, so you can get the most out of the supplements you take.
It’s your body. It’s your life. Ingredients matter.
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