Well, I think it is time I came clean.
I have been taking methylcobalamin. You could say I’m a meth(ylcobalamin) junkie.
Before you start organizing an intervention, I should explain that it is just good old vitamin B12.
It’s just that instead of taking it orally, I’ve been injecting it.
There are many forumulations of vitamin B12:
Cyanocobalamin, Cobalamin, Methylcobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin, Hydroxocobalamin, and Hydroxycyanocobalamin.
I prefer methylcobalamin because your body doesn’t need to convert it to anything, it just absorbs it.
Why not take it orally like other “normal” people? Because when you ingest supplements the absorption rate effects how much benefit you get. Just because you’re taking 100 mg of B12 doesn’t mean your body is actually receiving 100 mg. In fact, chances are you might as well be popping tic tacs for all the B12 you’re giving your body.
Injecting the compound gives your body the best ability to absorb and use it. But shhhh… this is a big secret. The multi-billion dollar supplement and vitamin industry prefers you didn’t think about it.
Your body needs B12 for healthy cell growth and function. Methylcobalamin improves your brain function, memory, nervous system, etc. It also gives you a boost of energy and alertness. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, then you need B12 more than us omnivores.
So that’s why I load up a syringe and go Chigurh on my lastus vateralis (or intermedius if my aim is off). I’ve spared you a picture of my hairy legs so use your imagination.
Can you take too much? No. Unlike other supplements which you can overdose on, your body doesn’t store excess vitamin B12. But you don’t want to waste it. I usually go with ~1cc every week or so.
I’m not a doctor so don’t be silly and mistake what I write as health advice.
You should always consult a competent professional.
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