Vitamin B-12 deficiency

By petals Latest Reply 2014-10-30 00:24:07 -0500
Started 2010-06-09 10:16:00 -0500

My doctor told me yesterday that I had a vitamin b-12 deficiency most likely caused my the Metformin that I am taking. I need to start taking a vitamin for it. I want a good one, so does any body have any suggestions?

22 replies

GabbyPA 2010-06-10 19:42:39 -0500 Report

What I was told to take is a B12 only that dissolves under your tongue. The reason is that it is best absorbed in your mouth, as by the time it gets to your stomach you end up loosing much of the potency. I take Swasnosns Triple Action B12 that is 1,000mcg per tablet.

Emma2412 2010-06-09 11:59:18 -0500 Report

I always get Nutrilite (go online). Their products are always fresh. Did your doctor tell you to take a supplement or can it just be helped by increased time in the sun? The reason I'm asking you is that supplements can cause problems if you're not careful and if you don't have frequent testing done.

petals 2010-06-09 13:27:53 -0500 Report

No, she said to take a supplement. I don't do well in the sun. What kind of problems can they cause?

Emma2412 2010-06-10 20:39:35 -0500 Report

They can cause problems if you take too much of something. For instance, too much of Vitamins A and D can cause major problems for your body.
Like medicines, you must keep tabs on things when you're taking vitamin supplements and make sure you know what "side effects" can be caused by a vitamin excess.
In this case, a good multivitamin would give you what you need but would not put you over the top on any particular vitamin. It still leaves room for the vitamins and minerals you get from a normal diet.
I made the mistake when I originally answered your post because I was thinking of D instead of B-12, which is an entirely different thing. Vitamin D you can get whenever you go outside and you don't have to spend hours in the sun.
B-12 is not as easy to get. We should get enough in our diet, but like all diets today, we sometimes need supplementation to protect us against deficiency in an important vitamin, of which B-12 is one.
So, Petals, please excuse my mistake when I talked about the sun. You can't get B-12 by being in the sun.

petals 2010-06-09 14:01:21 -0500 Report

May I ask which vitamins would you recommend from Nutrilite?

Emma2412 2010-06-10 20:28:22 -0500 Report

I take their Double X multivitamin, which is great. It's the only multivitamin I've ever found to really make a difference in how I feel. But I've also had over the years various temporary deficiencies in some vitamins and I've used a supplement for whatever the deficiency was until a test proved that it wasn't necessary any longer.

kdroberts 2010-06-09 10:31:46 -0500 Report

Usually the "performance" and "energy" multivitamins have the highest amount of B vitamins. Did your doc say how much you should be taking? The B complex ones have massive amounts in them but that might be too much for you. If you can get them at Costco or similar store because you can get the own brand versions of things like centrum and one a day for neext to nothing. I think I paid about $14 for 350 of the Costco performance compared to $18 for 90 (or 120) of the centrum equivalent. Ironically the Costco ones are certified to contain the stated amounts and ingredients and the centrum ones aren't.

petals 2010-06-09 10:54:34 -0500 Report

She said 2.4 micrograms, and I am not sure how much that is.

kdroberts 2010-06-09 12:57:00 -0500 Report

Not much. Most multivitamins have 6-18mcg in them.

Antique-Dave 2010-06-10 10:03:51 -0500 Report

Amongst my supplements I take a Super B and also an additional B12 and Benfiotimine. I find that many of the combination pills that are marketed as being good for diabetics don't have enough of the right stuff and are very over priced, I order from Swansons Vitamins as they seem to be pretty reasonable in comparison, I think multi vitamins are good but may not have enough of say B12 as what you might want or need.

kdroberts 2010-06-10 09:29:31 -0500 Report

You'll only get that much in a B complex vitamin or getting shots. The complex will have a lot of other B vitamins in it in very high doses though.

petals 2010-06-10 09:33:30 -0500 Report

I just got off the phone with my doctor she wants me to take a B complex vitamin for the next several months and to see if that helps, if not the shots are next. No wonder I have been so worn out.

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