Humans need 13 different vitamins to sustain life and health. If we do not take in enough of a particular vitamin our bodily supplies decrease and a deficiency ensues.
Of the 13 vitamins our bodies need, one is B12. It is unique because it is the only vitamin that cannot be obtained from plants or sunlight (as plants do not need B12, so do not produce or store it), it is produced by bacteria in the gut of animals and absorbed in the small intestine. Therefore to obtain B12 from the diet you need to eat animal products- meat, fish or dairy products. However even a diet high in these foods may not supply enough B12. In fact it is remarkably easy to become deficient in B12 as many people can neither absorb nor use B12. Vegans and vegetarians are particularly prone to deficiency. The route that B12 takes from the mouth to the blood is complex and there can be problems at any point.
What does Vitamin B12 do?
It contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
It contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
It contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system
It contributes to normal red blood cell formation
It has a role in the process of cell division
It contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism
It contributes to normal psychological function
It contributes to normal functioning of the immune system
All forms of B12 are stable when protected from light. Light exposure cleaves the cyanide with the production of hydroxycobalamin. The B12s have an optimal stability at a PH4.00-4.5, even at higher temperatures. In the presence of acid or alkaline mediator the presence of reducing agents such as ascorbic acid the vitamin is destroyed to a greater extent. It is therefore advisable that Vitamin B12 is not taken with fruit juice.
Directions: Recommended dose 1 capsule per day with food. Consume within three months of opening.
Warning: If pregnant or breast feeding, consult your health care practitioner before using. This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.
Ingredients: (Each capsule contains)
Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12) 1000mcg ( 1mg ) Other ingredients; Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (capsule)