Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin, meaning it is necessary for your body to function properly. Low vitamin B12 levels have been positively associated with cognitive decline and even dementia. The CDC estimates about one in 31 adults over the age of 50 are deficient in Vitamin B12.
B12 supplementation can result in improved memory, energy, mood and digestion.
A single dose of Pure Nootropics Sublingual Vitamin B12 contains 2500mgc (2.5 milligrams) and should be taken once per week.
Mode of Action
B12 has several mechanisms of action in your body that are crucial to maintaining overall heath.
B12 works by maintain level of myelin in the body. Myelin is a white fatty substance that insulates nerve cells and is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Damage to myelin prevents nerves from communicating effectively and impedes nervous system function, which can result in nerve damage, change in mood, depression and even dementia.
Vitamin B12 also helps with hemoglobin synthesis, hemoglobin is a protein molecule that helps your body transport oxygen. Without B12, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin, which can result in anemia and may further cause low energy, shortness of breath and other symptoms.
No toxic or adverse effects have been reported with large intakes of B12 supplementation in healthy people.
B12 is one of 13 essential vitamins that the body needs to function properly. B12 plays an important role in proper cognitive and nervous system functioning.
- May reduce the risk of cognitive impairment (reference) (ref)
- May reduce feelings of depression (ref)
- Deficiency may result in oxidative stress (ref)
- May positively effect cognitive function and with total brain volume (ref)
Vitamin B12 Benefits
B12 supplementation can result in improved memory, energy, mood and digestion, especially if deficient.
Those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet can especially benefit from B12 supplementation because B12 is only found in animal products.
B12 Studies – What’s the Research?
Researchers have long been interested in the potential connection between vitamin B12 deficiency and dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
B12 Side Effects
Most common side effects of B12 supplementation include hypersensitivity, including headache and itching. Always consult a doctor before taking a supplement if you are already taking any prescription medications.
When considering buying a B12 supplement it is important to note that there are multiple types available.
Cyanocobalamin is the form of B12 most commonly found in supplements because it’s the cheapest, however methylcobalamin, while more expensive, is the most bio-available form of Vitamin B12, meaning your body absorbs it more easily. Research shows methylcobalamin stays in the body for a longer period of time and at higher levels than cyanocobalamin.