Research shows vitamin B12 may help depression. As research is developing so is our understanding of how vitamin B12 can play a role in reducing depressive symptoms. Continue readingRead more
An ongoing 18 year long study challenges several commonly accepted truths about B12 deficiency. If you are young and eat meat you likely believe you have a reduced risk of deficiency – maybe not…
Study Found 39% at Risk of B12 Deficiency
Most of us believe if we follow a diet heavy in animal products including meat, eggs or dairy, we should have enough vitamin B12 in our bodies. Researchers at Tuft’s University suggest that this may not be the case. They cite the Framingham Offspring Study which found 39% of subjects were at risk of becoming vitamin B12 deficient.(1) An important detail is the cross generational nature of this study: 26-49, 50-64 and 65-83.
Framingham Offspring directly contradicts the commonly held view being passed down to dinner tables over the generations: that heavy meat eaters are less likely to be clinically deficient than the rest of the population. In fact, participants who had the best vitamin B12 levels were those that ate fortified cereals.
Vitamin Absorption and Resulting Deficiencies are not Necessarily Symptoms of Ageing
Remember when we noted that the Framingham Offspring was cross generational? The study participants most at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency provide insights on the relevance of age to vitamin absorption. Surprisingly, vitamin B12 deficiency is to date no more common among the older portion of the sample. Moreover, this finding challenges the widespread belief that absorption and resulting deficiencies are necessarily a symptom of ageing. Read more
We have added Bitcoin as a payment option in our store. If you are already using Bitcoin this will make shopping for B vitamins a little easier.
Those of you that are curious about Bitcoin and how it works can learn more here: Bitpay. Using Bitcoin is a new and different way of thinking about money, so be prepared to do some reading. Read more
Vitamin B12 Direct has a free shipping promotion that is easy and we wish everyone would participate in. We have some simple ways you can support us, and to thank you we offer the choice of free shipping or a free vial of B12. Your support is key and makes the promotion possible.
The support options are different for new customers and returning customers, so keep reading…
Long term users of injectable B12 have experienced dramatic price increases. At times B12 has been hard to find due to shortages. People with conditions requiring B12 injections including pernicious anemia, gastric bypass, crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and many others have been dealing ever increasing prices because insurance companies are limiting coverage.
Why are injection B12 prices increasing in the US? Two theories have been suggested for the sky rocketing prices – increased popularity and restrictive federal regulation. Read more
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is estimated to affect as much as 3% of the population. A simple treatment of vitamin B12 injections along with folic acid supplements, even if it only helps a portion of those affected, would relieve much distress.
CFS, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a little understood illness. It is diagnosed based on patients reports of symptoms – tiredness without cause or relief, headaches, muscle and joint pain, memory loss, loss of concentration. Many possible causes have been proposed, but the true mechanism of this illness is not understood. Read more
We have added a new way for our existing customers to qualify for our Free Shipping Social promotion – write a review! Reviews are great because they help visitors decide on buying and they give us feedback on how we are doing. If you are a returning customer and write a review we will give you free shipping on your next order of $40 or more.
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- Be a returning customer
- Go to the webpage of a product you have purchased from us
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- Add any items you would like to purchase to your shopping cart
- In checkout look for the “You supported us in social media…Thank You!” message
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We are happy to announce our newest product: vitamin B complex injectable. The need for a B Complex injectable was brought to our attention by several customers and we are delivering!
Like vitamin B12, all the B vitamins play key roles in the healthy operation of our nervous systems and the production of energy. Vitamin B12 gets most of the attention because of it’s higher rates of deficiency, but the other B vitamins are equally important.
B-100 Complex is intended as a complement vitamin B12 injections. Talk to your health care proferssionals about B complex vitamins before supplementing.
Our B Complex
vitamin B1 Thiamine (100mg) Thiamine plays a central role in the generation of energy from carbohydrates and is involved in RNA and DNA production, as well as nerve function.
vitamin B2 riboflavin (0.5mg) Riboflavin is involved in the energy production as well as the metabolic breakdown of fatty acids
vitamin B3 nicotinamide (100mg) Nicotinamide plays an important role in the metabolism of glucose, fat and alcohol.
vitamin B6 pyridoxine (1mg) Pyridoxine is closely tied to the function and formation of the nervous system and nerve cells.
Educating yourself about vitamin B12 deficiency can be hard work. You need to be able to understand your health professionals. Thankfully Tracey, a self described “patient with B12 deficiency,” has collected and organized a huge collection of vitamin B12 deficiency links and information. As always you will want to consume internet research with a critical eye … confirm with your doctor and look for references!
This site was created as a hub to bring all the key websites on vitamin B12 deficiency together in one place.
Once in a while life throws something our way which is completely impossible to ignore. I was diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency in 2012 and the profound lack of knowledge of this condition inspired me to join others in raising awareness of this very common but little known life threatening deficiency. Please head straight for the Life Savers page for direct links to support groups and key sites.
Hello, you may have just been diagnosed with B12 deficiency or you may have had this condition for a while. Sometimes our doctors do not tell us all we need to understand, so please use this page as your ‘crash course’ in B12 deficiency.
Getting your daily recommended dose of vitamins isn’t always easy, but this can be especially true when it comes to vitamin b12. Vitamin b12 (also called cobalamin or in it’s different forms cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin and hydroxocobalamin) plays a key role in the overall function of the brain, nervous system, and even the formation of blood within the body. Even so, many people aren’t getting the daily dosage of this vitamin that the body needs.
Importance of Vitamin b12
Because vitamin b12 plays such a huge role in the nervous system, brain function, and blood production, there are many ways in which a b12 deficiency can impact the body. Specifically, those who aren’t getting enough vitamin b12 often find that they suffer from ongoing symptoms such as:
- tingling in the hands, legs, and feet
- general, unexplained fatigue
- memory loss and other cognitive difficulty
- paranoia and hallucinations
Unfortunately, because many of these symptoms can be attributed to other medical conditions it can be very difficult to diagnose a vitamin b12 deficiency without specifically testing for b12 levels within the body.
Decreased b12 Absorption With Age
Anybody can be vitamin b12 deficient, but it’s more common among the elderly. That’s because, as people age, the body’s natural ability to absorb this vitamin from food decreases significantly. Furthermore, older people tend to eat fewer foods that are rich in vitamin b12 as they age, which only contributes to the problem.