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Cyanocobalamin VS Methylcobalamin B12

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This came through my FB feed. I have used both formulas of B12 sublingual the last few years. Is this actually worrisome?

Suzy Cohen, pharmacist and Author says it matters.

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This pharmacist is going to tell you that that pharmacist is blowing things out of proportion.  The amount of cyanide released in the chemical process is so small that it can't even be detected.  If cyanide was being released in the amounts to cause the problems she is claiming, it would not be approved by the FDA.  

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This came through my FB feed. I have used both formulas of B12 sublingual the last few years. Is this actually worrisome?

Suzy Cohen, pharmacist and Author says it matters.

Cyanocobalamin is converted within the Intestines to Adenosylcobalamin. The Methyl version is much better absorbption for a gastric bypass patient. Dont believe the hype from a pharmacist - apple seeds and many things in nature contain cyanides !

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Paula,

Violetmortica is correct. The methylcobalamin is harder to find but much better for you and more readily absorbable in your system. I order them online on amazon in sublingual cherry flavor. I've used them for years (been a vegan for almost 29 years) and my B12 levels have remained amazingly strong. http://www.naturalnews.com/032766_cyanocobalamin_vitamin_B-12.html

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The cyanide thing aside, I had a problem using B12 as cyanocobalamin - my labs were constantly in the gutter.

 

But before going down the route of injections, I switched to B12 as methylcobalamin sublinguals and never looked back.

 

B12 is one of those things that you can take a larger dose of but less often.  I use a 5,000 mcg sublingual - it's small than a baby pea and dissolves in seconds.  I take one a week for 4 weeks and have the 5th week off.  My labs have been great.  This bottle lasts me well over a year:  http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-methyl-b-12-sublingual

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Same here, Cinwa. My tests are always through the roof and since B12 can maintain healthy stores in your system, it works out well.

 

Another GREAT form of highly absorbable B12 (and protein) is Red Star Nutritional Yeast Flakes. We add it to so many foods- sprinkle it on popcorn, blend into soups, and I make a great creamy 'cheesy' spread with it blended with warm water, soaked raw cashews and sea salt. It's great on pizza, too. We use it in lieu of cheese. Whole Food sells it in the bulk bins or it can be purchased online. Red Star is the brand that has the most nutrients, though. 

http://www.vitacost.com/red-star-yeast-flakes

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Yes, cyanid aside. Which formula is better for us as gastric bypass patients?

Even though this author was concerned about the cyanid toxin, I was glad it raised awareness to me about the different B12 types available to take.

My B12 have been good, and I have not paid attention to which formula while purchasing, just the dose I wanted. I looked at my recent bottle and it is cyanocobalamin.

Future purchases will be methylcobalamin.

Moviegirl3333, I have also sprinkled nutritional yeast on popcorn. Pretty tasty! I'll have to venture out and try it in other applications.

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Paula,
Recently I've been mixing (a lot) of nutritional yeast with hummus, water, and sea salt... making a 'creamy sauce' and using it on baked potatoes. If you eat pasta, it can be used as a sauce, too. It's very cheesy. I rarely take B12 supplements as the nutritional yeast is so high in B12 and my counts are always high. :)

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Paula,

Recently I've been mixing (a lot) of nutritional yeast with hummus, water, and sea salt... making a 'creamy sauce' and using it on baked potatoes. If you eat pasta, it can be used as a sauce, too. It's very cheesy. I rarely take B12 supplements as the nutritional yeast is so high in B12 and my counts are always high. :)

I just made some hummus last night. I can totally see how this would mix well! Pasta isn't my thing, but I LOVE gravy! I think it helps the firm food go down:) I'm sticking to that story! I'll give this sauce a try!

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