Garden of Life Vitamin B12 – Vitamin Code Raw B12 Whole Food Supplement, 1000 mcg, Vegan, 30 Capsules

Although the human body does store vitamin B12, it is the most common nutritional deficiency in the developing world and possibly in the U.S. (reports the August 2005 issue of the Harvard Health Letter) Essential to protect the body against anemia and support a healthy central nervous system*, vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body. Helping to support the body’s own production of energy through its role in the metabolism of food, vitamin B12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

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  • VITAMIN B-12: Essential to protect the body against anemia and support a healthy central nervous system, b 12 vitamin helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells
  • ANEMIA SUPPORT: This RAW, food created vitamin B12 provides metabolism support, mental & physical energy, central nervous system health, anemia support and digestive support
  • VEGETARIAN SUPPORT: Since B-12 is found predominantly in animal and dairy products, our vitamin b-12 tablet can help prevent deficiency-caused decreased energy, occasional constipation, anemia and fatigue
  • PROBIOTICS AND ENZYMES: Our plant based b-12 vitamin includes a RAW probiotic and enzyme blend for digestive support and vegetable blend for additional nutritional support
  • VEGAN VITAMIN B12: Our real food vegan b12 vitamin is RAW, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free with No Binders or Fillers

2 thoughts on “Garden of Life Vitamin B12 – Vitamin Code Raw B12 Whole Food Supplement, 1000 mcg, Vegan, 30 Capsules

  1. Vitamin Code Raw B-12: As Good As It Gets For A Synthetically-Derived Vitamin Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for red blood cell formation, nervous system functioning and DNA synthesis. Unfortunately, plants do not produce B12 so we must obtain it from animal sources in our food or produce it synthetically through supplementation. If like me, you are over 50 and take acid-suppressing meds, your risk for some degree of B12 malabsorption is significant.Because it is water-soluble, B12 has a relatively low toxicity potential as excess B12 is simply excreted in our urine. However, our ability to efficiently and effectively absorb B12 steadily decreases with age. While most B vitamins are readily absorbed, B12, has more complicated requirements for absorption. As a result, optimal intake of vitamin B12 can sometimes be a challenge for many of us. Even though U.S. adults average well above the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for B12, (2.4 mcg/day), there are still subgroups that are more commonly at risk of B12 deficiency. These risk factors include: Long-term regular use of PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole and other acid-suppressing meds), depression, alcohol, pernicious anemia, diabetes drugs (metformin and others), Crohn’s disease, IBS, celiac disease, atrophic gastritis, ulcerative colitis, “leaky-gut” syndrome, asthma, macular degeneration, MS, shingles, Alzheimer’s, migraines, tinnitus, kidney disease, folate deficiency, pregnancy and lactation, H-Pylori, insufficient protein-digesting enzymes (usually as a result of aging) and adhering to a strict vegan diet.The only valid and reliable method for determining whether you indeed may have a B12 deficiency, is to have a B-12 blood plasma test.Here are the Blood Serum Reference Ranges to help you determine if you have clinical B-12 deficiency:Blood plasma reference range for B-12: 180-914 ng/L. (nano grams per liter of blood)< 180 ng/L: May cause anemia and/or peripheral neuropathies<150 ng/L: Evidence of B12 deficiency150-400 ng/L: Borderline determination requiring a plasma homocysteine test as a follow-up screen.>400 ng/L: “normal”-not requiring further testing.If your results are in a “normal” range and you are not in any of these risk subgroups, I suggest simply modifying your diet to includesome or all of the following B-12 rich foods: sardines, salmon, tuna, cod, lamb, beef liver, scallops, shrimp, yogurt, cow’s milk and eggs.If not, Vitamin Code Raw B-12 is an excellent supplement for the following reasons:PROS:1. This supplement contains a form of B-12 (methylcobalamin) more bio-available and absorbable in our systems compared to cyanocobalamin which requires a two-step process for conversion in order to be readily used by our bodies. Keep in mind however, that BOTH of these B12 forms are synthetically produced rather than naturally synthesized like cobalamin.2. Product is Vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free.3. Produced in NSF & cGMP-compliant manufacturing facilities.4. Medium-sized, easy to swallow capsules (Please see my size photos for comparison).5. Contains a desiccant in the bottle to help displace moisture.6. Bottle is tinted and protected from light penetration.CONCERNS:1. Bottle size of 30 capsules not practical for those on daily regimens. A 60 or 90 day supply would be preferable.2. Garden of Life outsources manufacture of their supplements to a 3rd party facility as many other brands do. GOL simply markets and distributes their products as indicated on their product.. This is a very common practice. These third-party facilities usually manufacture supplements for multiple product labels and their identity is proprietary and not subject to disclosure. I do not like this practice because it impedes full transparency.RECOMMENDATIONS:1. If you cannot maintain a well-balanced diet rich in B12 sourced ideally from foods, this is an excellent second choice. GOL supplements remain time-tested for brand integrity, quality and reputation. GOL also has a comprehensive customer support network with specialists available to address product-related issues with accuracy and promptness. Check Consumer’s Digest, Checkbook or Consumer Reports that offer and perform unbiased research and product ratings and assessments on many of these OTC supplements for further ratings. These organizations do their own independent testing without accepting advertisements, kickbacks or compensation from manufacturers for posting favorable reviews.2. Like any supplement or medication, it is wise to first seek medical guidance from your licensed healthcare practitioner BEFORE purchasing any of these supplements based solely on any anecdotal accounts of these working for others. Each of us has different body chemistry and different medical histories and the potential…

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