For maximum absorption, vitamin B12 should be taken in spaced out doses during the day as the body can only absorb small amounts of B12 at a time. It’s also best to avoid taking it too close to a vitamin B12-rich meal: one, for example, containing offal or red meat in general, shellfish, oily fish (tuna, herring mackerel, trout) or eggs...
With regard to dietary supplements, the three forms of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin et hydroxycobalamin) are all absorbed by the body in a similar way.
The body absorbs vitamin B12 via two mechanisms (1):
That’s why it’s advisable to take supplements in several doses, and to avoid taking them at the same time as a vitamin B12-rich meal.
A deficit in vitamin B12 can pose serious health risks (2), such as:
Certain individuals need to be particularly careful when it comes to vitamin B12 intake:
Several studies have demonstrated the efficacy of vitamin B12 supplementation (up to 2mg a day) in preventing deficiency. We recommend Methylcobalamine 1 mg, a supplement that comes in the form of sugar-free, sub-lingual tablets, and helps to optimise function of the nervous system and reduce fatigue.
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