Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for life, and deficiencies are not uncommon. Vitamin B12 deficiencies are associated with:
Improper vegetarian diets
B12 is indicated as a dietary supplement for Supporting energy production
Normalizing homocysteine synthesis
Promoting healthy cognitive function
Supporting the sleep-wake cycle
Elderly patients who often have deficiencies and/or higher requirements of this nutrient.
Our B12-Plus Lozenges provide 1,000 mcg of methylcobalamin in each naturally-flavored lozenge. This specialized form of B12 is created by fermentation with a proprietary strain of bacteria, resulting in a high-potency, gluten-free, vegan form of this essential nutrient.
Take 1 lozenge daily with or without meals. May be chewed.
The RDA for adults is 2.4 mcg/day of vitamin B12 (for adults and adolescents over age 14). This level was set due evidence that 1 mcg/day is needed to maintain normal levels.Given the variability of individual factors, 2 mcg/day was set to cover all needs. However, in those individuals where a defect in absorption occurs, daily replacement is necessary and their needs may be higher than normal individuals.
Because 10-30% of older adults do not absorb dietary vitamin B12 efficiently, those over age 50 should meet the RDA by eating foods fortified with B12 or by taking a vitamin B12 supplement. Supplements have been used to maintain vitamin B12 levels in older adults.
Patients taking Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) or H2 Blockers may be at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency due to associated achlorohydria (low stomach HCl). Diabetic patients who take the drug Metformin, a B12 and folic acid deficiency may occur, leading to high homocysteine levels.