Monday, May 14, 2012
Looking for a safe and effective way to reduce
to optimize health? The answer would be to eat right and exercise. One
can also consider vitamin
B12 injections as it can give you positive results as well.
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. It is
a nutrient that is important for cell proliferation, nerve health, and
carbohydrate metabolism. It is an essential nutrient needed to make red blood cells that
carry oxygen throughout the body, the myelin sheath that surrounds
nerve cells, and various proteins. It also plays a role in fat and
As vitamin B12 injection is getting more popular, there is also the question of which type of B12 to get.
Hydroxocobalamin B12 is a natural and uniquely powerful form of vitamin
B12. Clinical studies practice have shown it can help to improve
cognitive function, fight fatigue, promote heart health and more. Studies have found that hydroxocoblamin raises
B12 levels higher and lasts longer than cyanocobalamin (1,2).
Hydroxocobalamin has a high affinity for cyanide. It pulls the cyanide
out of the mitochondria of the cell and combines with it to form
cyanocobalamin, which is then excreted in the urine. In 2006,
hydroxocobalamin was approved by the FDA as an antidote for cyanide
poisoning. Since cyanide is present in cigarette smoke (and essentially
reduces the cells' ability to use oxygen), hydroxocobalamin would be a
good option for smoker seeking a B12 supplement.
On the other hand, methylcobalamin may be help in preventing and treating chronic fatigue
syndrome, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathies, Alzheimer's
disease, muscular dystrophy and neurological aging.
common form of vitamin B12 is called cyanocobalamin. However, over the
last ten years, a number of central peripheral neurological diseases
have been linked to a deficiency of a very specific cobalamin, the
methylcobalamin form, that is required to protect against neurological
disease and aging. The liver converts a small amount of cyanocobalamin
into methylcobalamin within the body, but larger amounts of
methylcobalamin are necessary to correct neurological defects and
protect against aging.
Few substances have been shown to
regenerate nerves in humans with peripheral neruopathies. However, a
study in the Journal of Neurological Science postulated that
methylcobalamin could increase protein synthesis and help regenerate
nerves. The scientists showed that very high doses of methylcobalamin
produce nerve regeneration in laboratory rats. The scientists stated
that ultra-high doses of methylcobalamin might be of clinical use for
patients with peripheral neuropathies.
1. Hall CA, et al. "The availability of therapeutic hydroxocobalamin to cells." Blood. 1984 Feb;63(2):335-41.
Glass GBJ, et al. "Hydroxocobalamin V. Prolonged maintenance of high
vitamin B12 blood levels following a short course of hydrooxocobalamin
injections." Blood. 1966. Vol 27, No. 2 pp 234-241.
Interested in B12 injection. Visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center or call 206-319-5322.