Breaking Down B12 Myths
We compiled this list of the most common questions we receive about our Methyl B12 Spray to help clear up misconceptions, answer your questions and just generally share important information about B12.
Why is the B12 so red? Is there dye in here?
This is one of our most commonly asked questions about our B12 Spray! The answer is no, we don’t use any artificial colors in any of our products. The red color of B12 is naturally occurring, due to its molecular structure! Keep in mind: B12 may stain clothing, so be cautious as you use it.
How do I know if I need to supplement with B12? or I don’t eat meat. Am I B12 deficient?
It is common for people to be deficient in B12, despite the fact that B12 is found in many foods.Various health complications, like the MTHFR gene, and dietary restrictions, such as veganism, can greatly impact deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be B12 deficient, but people who eat meat are also often deficient. Symptoms that might tip you off to a B12 deficiency are tiredness, weakness and anemia, and can include neurological issues with balance, depression, confusion, and memory. However, the only true way to know if you need to supplement your diet with B vitamins is if you get your bloodwork done.
Is it possible to overdose on B12?
The body processes different vitamins, minerals and nutrients differently. Fat-soluble vitamins, for example, are vitamins that are stored in the body, in contrast to water-soluble vitamins (like B vitamins), which are expelled (through urine) when consumed in excess. Because of this, B12 is generally considered safe, even at high doses and no Upper Limit (UL) has been established. Megadosing with B12 is commonly used to safely and effectively combat deficiency. That said, we recommend consulting with your physician or healthcare professional to make certain our products are appropriate for your nutrient needs! Check out this Healthline article about B12 dosages.
I need more energy, should I supplement with B12?
We often hear from customers that they get an immediate energy boost from taking the B12 spray, and some customers say they experience no effect at all! The same is true for the MaryRuth’s Team: some of us get an energy boost from the B12, while some don’t.
It comes down to deficiency: if you are B12 deficient, you’re more likely to benefit from supplementing with B12 & it will more likely give you the energy boost you desire. B12 helps convert food into energy. So, when you’re deficient, supplementing with B12 will give you an energy boost because you’re better able to utilize the fuel you’re feeding your body. However, if your low energy levels are because of another deficiency (not getting enough sleep, for example), supplementing with B12 won’t give you the energy you hope for, only getting enough sleep will help with that.
Since all bodies are different, an individual’s nutrient needs are unique to their body. That is why we recommend getting a blood test and consulting with your doctor or healthcare professional about what is best for your body.
How should I take it? Should I take this spray sublingually?
Sublingual refers to the administration of a given substance (vitamins, minerals, various pharmacological drugs, etc) under the tongue. When the substance comes in contact with the membrane beneath the tongue, it is absorbed. Since the tissue beneath the tongue contains a profusion of capillaries, the substance is able to enter circulation more readily. In comparison, substances which are taken orally (which are then absorbed in the intestines), must get through the GI tract and take longer to get to general circulation.
While sublingual administration does seem to improve absorption with some substances, studies done with B12 and B-Complex (with B12), comparing sublingual and oral administration, haven’t shown any benefit to taking the vitamin sublingually. Absorption rates were comparable with sublingual and oral administration rates, so how you choose to take it (orally or sublingually) is up to you.