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HEALTH ALERT: B-12 DOSAGE 215 TIMES HIGHER THAN RDA!
Brought to you from the NEEDS Wellness Team

Vitamin B-12 is important for neurological and cardiovascular health, but it can be difficult to absorb if there is not sufficient hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach. As we age, we produce less HCl, therefore the elderly are at greatest risk for B-12 deficiency. And since B-12 is found in animal products, vegetarians are also at risk. Symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, anemia, depression, and neurological problems.

To date, B-12 shots were thought to be the most effective way to restore levels of this important vitamin. The latest research, however, evaluated the effectiveness of this vitamin in its oral form. This study evaluated 120 volunteers, 70 years or older. All participants were B-12 deficient, determined by a blood test that measures a chemical called methylmalonic acid.High levels of this chemical indicate low levels of B-12. The participants were assigned to receive 25, 100, 250, 500, or 1000 mcg of B-12 in the form of cyanocobalamin (the least absorbable form of B-12) for 16 weeks. At the end of the study, 76% of the people who took 1000 mcg of cyanocobalamin had normal levels of methylmalonic acid, indicating they had attained healthy B-12 levels. In the group who took the lowest dose of B-12, only 21% achieved normal methylmalonic levels. As a result, researchers concluded that to correct a deficiency, oral doses of vitamin B-12 must be 215 times the RDA.

So for those with a B-12 deficiency who may be afraid of injections, this study demonstrates that healthy levels can be restored without a visit to your doctor's office. The NEEDS Wellness Team recommends methylcobalamin for better absorption.


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