Vitamin B12 Frequently Asked Questions

Why take Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 plays vital roles in our body. It is important in the production of red blood cells and helps our body to convert food into energy. It is well known for its benefits to the nervous system, immune system and for fighting tiredness and fatigue.
Do Vegans and Vegetarians need to supplement with Vitamin B12?
Yes, and particularly Vegans as it is not found in the Vegan diet nor in a typical Vegetarian diet.
What is the source of your Vitamin B12 and is it Vegan suitable?
Our Vitamin B12 is Vegan-suitable as it is produced using fermentation (think brewing beer, but less tasty!).
How do I take Vegetology Vitamin B12 tablets?
For best results, swallow 1 of our Vitamin B12 tablet with a glass of water. As with all supplements, please take it at a meal time. We recommend breakfast as the ideal time to take Vitamin B12, however it can be taken at any meal time during the day.
Can I chew the Vitamin B12 tablets?
No, please don’t chew the tablets. They are designed to offer sustained release, and chewing will immediately break down the tablet and damage the sustained release effectiveness. The tablets are relatively small and easy to swallow with a glass of water.
Which form of B12 do you use?
We use B12 in the form of Cyanocobalamin.
I read that B12 can cause outbreaks / spots on the skin. Is that true?
There have been some links between B12 in the form of Methylcobalamin and spots, however we use B12 in the form of Cyanocobalamin and there are no such links.
How do you achieve sustained release?
We have constructed the tablet to break down at a slow rate over time, which ensures a constant release of the Vitamin B12 rather than a big single hit. We make our tablets as simple as possible to avoid the use of fillers.
Why is sustained release important for B12?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble Vitamin and the body takes what it needs with the rest excreted. This means that without a sustained release design, much of the high dose of Vitamin B12 can be lost if taken as a single ‘hit’. Our special sustained release technology is highly beneficial for 2 reasons; firstly the B12 is released at a constant rate over 5-6 hours, ensuring longer-lasting benefits. Secondly, the sustained release prevents the body getting more than it needs in one single ‘hit’ and simply excreting (wasting) the majority of it.
Is “sustained release” the same as “timed release”?
Yes. Some regions refer to “timed release”, which is the same thing.
Why use such a high dose of Vitamin B12?
The recommendations on doses of Vitamin B12 differ massively from person to person, based on a plethora of different considerations. Deficiency is a major issue across many demographics, not least Vegans and Vegetarians.As Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble Vitamin, the body takes what it needs, and the rest is excreted. Therefore a high dose is often recommended by Nutritionists and Health Practitioners so the body can recover from deficiency and benefit from as much B12 as it needs, with any surplus simply excreted.

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