What Type of Vitamin B Should I Take?
November 9th, 2016
Methylation Support: By now, you’ve probably heard of MTHFR mutations (also called MTHFR defects), but you might not know exactly what having one of these mutations means.
Methylation is the biochemical process that helps turn toxins in safer substances that your body can remove. Basically, methylation allows you to detox effectively. Proper methylation depends on the presence of several vitamins and cofactors, including vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12.
When you have an MTHFR mutation, your body has difficulty converting these vitamins into forms that your body can readily use. If you have one MTHFR mutation, you absorb one-fifth of the amount of these vitamins as someone with no mutations. If you have two mutations, you absorb one-tenth. The vitamins may be present in your blood, but if you can’t utilize and convert them, they’re useless.
Many conventional medicine doctors miss vitamin B deficiencies in those with MTHFR defects because standard lab testing looks at the amount of B vitamins in your serum, rather than functional lab testing which is a better indications of your methylation needs.
In addition to genetics, poor diet, malabsorption of nutrients, toxic exposure, and certain medications can all interfere with proper methylation, so supporting the methylation process is always a good idea whether you have an MTHFR defect or not.
This is why I recommend a daily methylation support supplement. The one that I take and carry in my store contains pre-methylated vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12, along with magnesium. For those with two mutations (like myself), I recommend two capsules a day, and for those with one or no mutations, I recommend one capsule a day.
Vitamin B: B Vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. For general B vitamin supplementation, choose a high-quality multivitamin such as the one in my store which contains all 8 B vitamins in their pre-methylated forms. This includes the activated form of vitamin B12, which helps to support healthy cognitive and nerve function as well as memory and emotional well–being. Vitamin B12 is also an important cofactor for energy production and plays a role in immune system health and healthy homocysteine metabolism. My multi is designed to deliver B12 through the mucous membranes in order to bypass the need for intrinsic factor, a protein produced in the stomach known to be needed for maximal GI absorption of B12.