Should I take vitamin B12 supplements?
Nutritionist Kate Geagan explains whether or not you should take a vitamin B12 supplement. Watch Kate Geagan's video for tips on going green, healthy eating and family nutrition.
So for a lot of people, just getting started with either a fortified breakfast cereal and a B12 supplement that they take
can be a great way to go. [GENTLE MUSIC]
If you've been diagnosed with a deficiency or if you're over age 50, absolutely a vitamin B12 supplement is a wonderful idea.
It's recommended that you take 25 micrograms to 100 micrograms per day. If you are just interested in having adequate B12
and if you have a clear deficiency, if you've been diagnosed, actually 1,000 micrograms per day is what's recommended under the care
of your physician. So fortified foods, supplements-- there's lots of different ways of getting this B12.
I like sublingual B12. If you have a severe deficiency, a B12 shot can be a great way to go as well.
But those do require a prescription, and they can cost a little bit more. So for a lot of people, just getting started with either a fortified breakfast
cereal and a B12 supplement that they take can be a great way to go. One of the differences in B12 between found in food naturally
and fortified is that in animal protein, you need lots of stomach acid to physically unlock that
B12 from the animal protein. Whereas if you're taking fortified breakfast cereal or fortified say soy milk or even a supplement,
you don't need that stomach acid to unlock that B12. The B12 arrives already in a form that can then be absorbed further down
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