What is Methylcobalamin?
There is a group of eight water-soluble vitamins that contribute greatly toward healthy cell metabolism and the development of red blood cells. These minerals make up the “B” group of vitamins. Of these eight specific vitamins, B12 – also known as methylcobalamin – supports the nerve layer myelin, red blood cell formation, DNA synthesis, and neuronal function.
Methylcobalamin is affectionately known as the “energy vitamin” because it helps our bodies convert food into glucose as well as supporting healthy blood cells, thus avoiding anemia. Brain health is also a beneficiary of methycobalamin. This micronutrient helps to ward off degenerative diseases by ensuring the myelin in our nerve cells provides faster transmission of signals from one nerve cell to another. A deficiency of methylcobalamin can produce symptoms that resemble dementia.
What are the Dangers of Methylcobalamin Deficiency?
Because methylcobalamin provides a wide range of benefits, when B12 levels are low, our bodies react in a range of symptoms. These may include:
- Fatigue, lethargy, low energy
- Blood deficiency
- Memory loss
- Cognitive deterioration
- Cardiovascular disorders
One of the most apparent advanced conditions that result from methylcobalamin deficiency is depression. Approximately thirty percent of patients admitted to hospitals for depression show a deficiency of vitamin B12. And, those with deficient levels of methylcobalamin were more than twice as likely to become severely depressed compared with patients who were not deficient.
Additionally, methylcobalamin supports the breakdown of homocysteine. This protein can be responsible for poor cardiovascular health. Accordingly, deficient levels of B12 can lead to undesirable and dangerous heart conditions.
How can I Ensure My Body Gets the Vitamin B12 that It Needs?
When it comes to gaining nutrients and micronutrients, the best place to start is a healthy diet of foods that are rich in the element you are seeking. The vitamin “B” group is one of the easiest to incorporate into a diet (aside from any allergies that may require a different plan). Foods rich in vitamin B include:
- Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt
- Legumes, specifically black beans and chickpeas
- Greens, particularly spinach
When intake levels through natural sources do not meet the recommended daily intake doses, it is a good idea to explore supplements. Methylcobalamin is readily available and can be effective in reducing or eliminating a deficit from low B12 diets. Supplements may contribute toward stress relief and some instances of neuropathy.
Of course, you should consult a licensed practitioner to help determine the proper level of any supplement as well as any dangerous interactions before beginning a supplemental regimen.
Does Methylcobalamin Produce any Adverse Effects?
Though relatively rare, it is possible for B12 to interact with your body and other medications in a negative way. That’s why we strongly recommend consulting a licensed health provider. Some of the negative effects of methylcobalamin include:
- Ataxia and related symptoms (low coordination, stumbling, slurred speech)
- Blood clots
- Inflammation of the nose/rhinitis
- Paresthesia/numbness in extremities
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, there is a small chance that you have an excess of methylcobalamin in your system, but we understand it is hard to know for sure on your own. At Bridgepoint Clinics, we can evaluate your condition and determine the true root cause of your symptoms.
How Do I Address My Condition?
Regardless of your physical or mental condition, our experts are prepared to provide a full analysis of your current state as well as ascertain what is causing the issue. Only with a proper diagnosis can you begin the healing process.
Our staff stands ready to generate a blueprint for healthy living based on your unique condition. We can work with other members of your health care team to ensure all aspects of your needs are addressed, and we look forward to guiding you toward robust progress in your situation.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to a healthy life.
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