Liposomal Vitamin B12

What is Liposomal Vitamin B12?

Liposomal vitamins and supplements are encapsulated in sacs or pockets of fat cells known as liposomes. Liposomal vitamins don’t use tablets or powders to deliver nutrients instead they use these small fat pockets; liposomes.

What is vitamin B12 good for?

Vitamin B12 helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It also helps make DNA, the genetic material present in cells, also it helps prevent a type of anemia call magaloblastic anemia that makes people weak and feel fatigued. Vitamin B12 is useful in lighten the dark spots on skin and it also promotes the collagen formation and hence supports the growth of new skin cells. Vitamin B12 is one of those essential vitamins that our hair needs to grow and repair. It plays the vital role in red blood cell production, cell division and metabolism. Vitamin B12 along with other vitamins work to reduce the amount of “hemocysteine”, a protein that builds up in blood and damages arterial walls, hence it plays an important role in promoting heart health. This is how vitamin B12 benefits our body in surprising and impressive ways.

How much Vitamin B12 should you take daily?

Average daily requirement of vitamin B12 depends on your age.

  • From birth to 6 months of age, average daily recommended amount for vitamin B12 is 0.4mcg (micrograms).
  • For 7 to 12 months infant, 0.5mcg of vitamin B12 is required on daily basis.
  • Children of 1-3 years of age require 0.9mcg vitamin B12 each day.
  • Children of 4-8 and 9-13 years of age need 1.2mcg and 1.8mcg of vitamin B12 respectively.
  • For adults, average daily requirement of vitamin B12 is raised upto 2.4mcg per day.
  • Pregnant women are advised to take 2.6mcg while nursing mothers require 2.8mcg of vitamin B12 each day.

What foods contain vitamin B12?

Most of the healthy adults can get sufficient amount of vitamin B12 from their regular diet but it’s common for older people to have some level of vitamin B12 deficiency. Animal products such as fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products are said to be rich in vitamin B12. Plant foods lack in vitamin B12 but fortified products such as fortified cereals, nutritional yeasts etc are readily available sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians. Foods such as ham, liver, clams, trout, salmon, tuna, beef, yogurt, non/low-fat milk, chicken, poultry, eggs, fortified cereals etc are the best sources to get vitamin B12 from.

There are some recipes to boost your vitamin B12 level in body:

https://www.eatthismuch.com/recipe/nutrition/steamed-mussels-in-white-wine,57034/

https://www.eatthismuch.com/recipe/nutrition/mussels-in-saffron-and-white-wine-broth,57042/

https://www.eatthismuch.com/recipe/nutrition/bacon-wrapped-trout-with-rosemary,45196/

https://www.eatthismuch.com/food/browse/high-vitamin-b12-recipes/?q=&type=recipe&order_by=-vit_b12&show_nutrient=vit_b12

What medications should not be taken with vitamin B12?

Certain medications can decrease the absorption of vitamin B12, including: colchicine, metformin, extended-release potassium products, antibiotics (such as gentamicin, neomycin, tobramycin), anti-seizure medications (such as phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone), medications to treat heartburn (such as H2 blockers including cimetidine/famotidine, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole/lansoprazole). Vitamin B12 may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including intrinsic factor, blood tests for other types of anemia), possibly causing false test results.

What happens when vitamin B12 level is low?

Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in the production of the DNA needed to make red blood cells. Without it, the instructions for building the cells are incomplete, and cells are unable to divide. This causes a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia, in which the red blood cells produced in your bone marrow are large and fragile. These red blood cells are too large to pass out of your bone marrow and into your circulation. Therefore, you don’t have as many red blood cells circulating around your body and your skin can appear pale in color. This can make you feel weak and tired. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause damage to your nerves and can affect memory and thinking as well.

How fast do liposomal vitamins work? And why?

Liposomal vitamins are encapsulated inside small fat pockets called liposomes. These encapsulated vitamins and supplements offer the rapid uptake and effective absorption of nutrients into the cells. The fat encapsulation makes these vitamins easier to get absorbed and allows sufficient amount of drug to get to the target area such as in tumor cells. The absorption of liposomal vitamin B12 is much higher than usual or standard vitamin B12 supplements. Liposomal vitamins work by making a sphere of phospholipid membrane around the nutrient such as aqueous vitamin B12. Now because this liposomal membrane imitates our cell membrane, so liposomes can easily get fused with specific cells and deliver their content. The liposome protects its contents against the harsh acids of the stomach and allows easier absorption in the stomach and intestinal tract.

What are warning signs and symptoms for vitamin B12?

The basic and the most important symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency is “anemia”.  Other signs of vitamin B12 deficiency include pale yellow skin color, disturbed vision, numbness due to effect on nerves, paraesthesia (pins and needles), mouth ulcers, dementia or memory loss, and ataxia (loss of physical coordination that can cause difficulty in speaking and walking by affecting the whole body). 

Does vitamin B12 help you lose weight?

Vitamin B12 is sometimes associated with shedding unwanted pounds because it helps boost one’s metabolism and provides long lasting energy.  But this vitamin doesn’t work the same way for everyone. It varies person to person.

What is the best way to take vitamin B12?

For people with vitamin B12 deficiency, a daily supplement in the form of a pill is as effective as taking a monthly muscle injection. The best way to take vitamin B12 depends on the reason for the deficiency. If the stomach does not produce enough acid, the body does not absorb B12 from food very well, but it can still easily absorb the B12 in an oral supplement. For example in people over age 65, the reason behind vitamin B12 deficiency is low acid production by stomach, in this case oral supplements are okay to work with. For some people, taking B12 as a muscle injection is necessary. People with pernicious anemia, for example, produce low amounts of an intestinal protein that aids B12 absorption.

Why liposomal Vitamin B12 is better?

Liposomal vitamin B12 has several advantages over standard B12 supplements because the active substance inside the liposome is protected from degradation in acidic environment of stomach. It increases the uptake and bioavailability of the nutrient as compared to conventional supplements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/ask-the-doctor-b12-shots-vs-pills

https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/vitamin-b12-benefits/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamin-b12-or-folate-deficiency-anaemia/symptoms/

https://www.healthline.com/health/vitamin-b12-weight-loss

https://www.goldmanlaboratories.com/en/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-traditional-and-liposomal-vitamin-c–n16

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw65706