I recall that absorption of Vitamin B12 can be inhibited by use of antacids. There is quite a bit on the web found by searching "Vit B12 antacids". Example:
Thanks for that info. I will pass along ... however, I doubt any of the people looking for this info. at this point in time are taking antacids. They are mostly on a strict diet - gluten-free/dairy-free/sugar-free. I do remember reading something about excess aluminum in the body can form a "shell" on gluten and cause problems with digestion of any gluten-type foods. Guess celiac disease could then be misconstrued ... it's actually probably too many excess metals in the body.
<.... can you tell me why B12 would NOT be absorbed properly in the body? Any kind of explanation would be appreciated, if you can. Does it need to be taken with B6? Thanks in advance.>
nyminnow, sorry for delay but been gone several weekends in a row.
The key is the type you take and you must take Use Spray and Methylcobalamin for greater absorption.
Here is the site for the one I use.
I use B-12 500 mcg with Methlycobalamin from Pure advantage. I take 500 mcg. Vegans may want to explore taking a little more.
Here is some more research details you may be interested in viewing.
B-12 (Use Spray and Methylcobalamin)
Vitamin B12 is fittingly known as the energy vitamin, and your body requires it for a number of vital functions. Among them: energy production, blood formation, DNA synthesis, and myelin formation. Myelin is insulation that protects your nerve endings and allows them to communicate with one another.
If you know or suspect you’re vitamin B12 deficient, you’re not alone. Recent studies from the U.S. Framingham trial show one in four adults in the United States are deficient in this vitally important nutrient, and nearly half the population has suboptimal blood levels.
Vitamin B12 is a powerhouse micronutrient for a whole host of reasons. Your body needs B12 for:
• proper digestion, food absorption, iron use, carbohydrate and fat metabolism
• healthy nervous system function
• promotion of normal nerve growth and development
• help with regulation of the formation of red blood cells
• cell formation and longevity
• proper circulation
• adrenal hormone production
• healthy immune system function
• support of female reproductive health and pregnancy
• feelings of well-being and mood regulation
• mental clarity, concentration, memory function
• physical, emotional and mental energy
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
If you don’t have adequate vitamin B12 levels in your bloodstream, you might notice some of the following warning signs:
1. mental fogginess
2. problems with your memory
3. mood swings
4. lack of motivation
5. feelings of apathy
6. fatigue and a lack energy
7. muscle weakness
8. tingling in your extremities
One of the most important functions of vitamin B12 is building the myelin which insulates and protects your nerve endings and allows them to communicate with one another. If you’re B12 deficient and your myelin is depleted, you can experience health problems as widespread as depression, dementia and even symptoms which mimic multiple sclerosis.
I use B-12 Spray Methylcobalamin from Pure Advantage http://www.nutrovita.com/32815/pure-vegan/b-12-methylcobalamin-spray.htm
Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases have a common risk factor – increased homocysteine levels in blood. Studies show insufficient amounts of folic acid and vitamin B12 can elevate your homocysteine levels, potentially increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke.
We know vitamin B12 plays an important role in DNA synthesis, and its presence in your cells, along with folic acid, helps to alleviate the wear and tear on your genetic material. Damage to DNA is a well-known risk factor for cancer.
Low levels of B12 are specifically linked to increased risk for breast and cervical cancer.
http://products.mercola.com/vitamin-b12-spray/?source=nl More interesting data on B-12 from Dr. Mercola.
Don't think I'll pay attention to your posting - but thanks just the same. You fade back and forth across lines and that's not someone I trust. Mirto ... if you have any advice, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
Don't mean to interrupt, but some people(those with pernicious anemia)don't produce the substance known as intrinsic factor that is required in the gut in order to absorb B-12. That's why you give cyanocobalamin by injection in pernicious anemia and also why folic acid is dangerous in people with that condition.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don't always trust others but you obviously know what you're talking about. Everyone is different on the anemic front ... so many don't even realize they have it. I appreciate your input. There are so many post-Gardasil injuries and many girls NOT getting better and testing low B12 ... so I appreciate your posts.