The problem with any oral vitamin B12 is that it must be swallowed. Now, whether you chew, drink or swallow your vitamin the biggest issue is that the vitamin must survive the stomach acids and then the pancreatic fluids introduced in the small intestine, get absorbed by the intestine, and finally survive the liver-bypass metabolism that all food must go through when swallowed. After which, only a fraction of that vitamin survives and enters your blood stream. If all of that was not bad enough, B12 must be bound to a protein called Intrinsic Factor (IF) to do any of that, which as we get older the body makes less and less of it. With all that came the popularity of expensive B12 injections.
While we are quarantined to our homes it is likely we are consuming more canned or processed meals than usual. It is important to supplement with vitamins to get nutrients that we aren’t getting from our food. Vitamin C 1000mg daily has shown in some studies to help decrease rate and duration of viral colds. It is always important to hydrate along with Vitamin C intake. Side effects from too much vitamin C are rare but some studies have shown nausea and vomiting from taking vitamin C at 2000mg daily on a continuous basis and possibly produce calcium oxalate renal stones in susceptible individuals.
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