You follow a vegan diet or avoid meat and eggs which are high in B vitamins.
Vitamin B-12 supplements are not intended to serve as a replacement for Proton Pump Inhibitor medications, nor should you discontinue taking any prescribed medications while supplementing with Vitamin B-12.
Vitamin B12 absorption can decrease with age and you want to get enough.
Vitamin B-12 is essential for metabolic functioning and well being.* It helps maintain cellular energy by converting the food you eat into energy and plays a role in DNA synthesis and renewal.* Vitamin B-12 also aids in normal formation of red blood cells, supports a healthy nervous system, and helps maintain circulatory health.*
Take with food and plenty of water
Morning pack: Take with or after breakfast
Evening pack: Take with a late afternoon snack or dinner
Bedtime pack: Take about an hour before going to bed
Age, certain medications, and genetics can decrease our ability to absorb enough B-12 from diet alone. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people over 50 get some synthetic B12 from supplements or fortified foods.
A ten year study of 2,741 people over the age of 65 showed a positive correlation between Vitamin B-12 levels and nervous system health.1* Therefore, maintaining higher levels of Vitamin B-12 through diet or supplementation may be important.
Another study of 862 subjects taking proton pump inhibitors over a 72-month period revealed these drugs may deplete Vitamin B-12 levels.2 Adequate intake of Vitamin B-12 is important to maintain levels in the blood.* Note: Vitamin B-12 supplements are not intended to serve as a replacement for PPI Medications, nor should you discontinue taking any prescribed medications while supplementing with Vitamin B-12.
1. Clarke, R. et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007. 86: 1384-1391.
2. Dharmarajan, T.S. Do Acid-Lowering Agents Affect Vitamin B12 Status in Older Adults. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2008. 9: 162-167.