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Forums: April 2012 Kickstart Forum: B12
Created on: 04/06/12 01:04 PM Views: 1146 Replies: 5
Posted Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Sorry if this topic has been covered a million times already. I have not gotten the hang of archive searching yet.
Have been told recently that as we age, we do not produce something or other that makes or allows us to take up B12. For that reason I have been instructed to take sub lingual B12. Have also been told that all vegetarians must take B12 because even if your body makes it, it is produced lower in the colon where you cannot absorb it well as B12 is mostly absorbed in the small intestine. any comments or advice. I will be taking the sublingual stuff. its worth a try.


RE: B12
Posted Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I use a B12 spray out of concern that my absorption may be lower due to celiac disease, but I'm not sure how well-founded that concern is. Some of the medical folks may be able to advise better. I suspect that it is just good that we all take B12 since even the non-vegan population is shown to be deficient after a certain age.

RE: B12
Posted Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Everything you said is correct. More here: http://www.pcrm.org/search/?cid=255 and http://www.pcrm.org/search/?cid=225

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: B12
Posted Friday, April 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Thanks for the links
What brands of multivitamin are recommended that include B12 and are vegan friendly?

RE: B12
Posted Friday, April 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I buy my vitamins from Pangea:


I use the Pure Advantage B12 spray and the Deva Vitamin D since I was diagnosed as Vitamin D deficient (apparently common in Americans in more northern states).

Whole Foods carries some vegan brands too.

RE: B12
Posted Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

My Doctor told me that vegan or not, as we get older our bodies do not metabolize B-12 as efficiently. When I go for my annual lab tests she also tests B-12 and D. 2 years ago I was extremely low on B-12, took weekly shots for 6 weeks. Then I started taking sublingual 1000 mcg a day. My next annual test showed my B-12 very high. I'm now taking 500 mcg every other day.

Just ask for it on your next blood test, then you'll know.

Vikki ~

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