27 Best Vitamin B12 Supplements 2019 – All-Out In-Depth GuideIn this article, we’ll take an all-out in-depth look at the best vitamin B12 supplements of 2019. And we’ll do this in three steps.

First, we’ll establish and identify guidelines that a supplement must meet. Then we’ll define why is it that way and why it’s essential. And lastly, we’ll evaluate them and put them into a list depending on how they compare to each other.

Vegetarians and Vegans also won’t be cut out – we’ll also take a look at the best vitamin B12 supplements for them specifically.

But above all, I’ll strive to make this as thorough and simple to use of a guide as possible. My one ask would be, if you find any section (chapter) of this article beneficial or helpful, please leave us a comment below. Even one sentence helps and will be highly appreciated.

But for now, let’s dive right in.


During the research process for this article, I went over every single supplement that I could possibly find that primarily contained vitamin B12. Also, many various bestseller lists were examined. Ultimately, all for a well over 250 different supplement evaluation, assessment, and examination.


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This article was last updated on the 26th of January 2019.

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318 Comments

  • Janelle

    March 7, 2019 - 15:43

    At my husband’s last doctor’s appointment his blood work again showed that his B12 was low.  That was after taking B12 supplements for the last 3 months.  After reading your article, I went to check on the ingredients, and sure enough, it was Cyanocobalamin!  I had no idea that supplements could be so different, and I’m going to order the ones that have your recommended ingredient–thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      March 7, 2019 - 21:02

      Hey, Janelle!

      I’m glad the article was insightful for you, really happy to hear that.
      Hope this will solve the problem, if not – do consider the stuff I mentioned in the chapter “What If It Doesn’t Work?“. You might find a solution there.

      Wishing you all the best in battling that deficiency!
      Take Care,
      Matiss

  • Rahye

    January 25, 2019 - 23:49

    Hi Matiss, thanks for this extensive guide on the Vitamin B12 Supplements. That was really a lot of information.

    I have been used to the MegaFood Methyl B12 but I think its time to give the Thorne Research Methylcobalamin a try. 

    Also, I support the stand that to take vitamin B12 in order to avoid sickness and illness is completely different from taking vitamin B12 to achieve peak performance.

    • @MatissDzelve

      January 26, 2019 - 04:01

      Hey, Rahye!

      Glad you enjoyed the article! Totally made my day!
      And I sincerely appreciate the kind words!

      Cheers, Rahye! Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Heidi

    January 21, 2019 - 09:03

    Interesting read Matiss. I currently take a multi-vitamin Woman’s Supplement as well as Magnesium (recommended because I have headaches a lot). Just wondering if additional B12 is recommended or even necessary with what I am currently taking. I think I’ll have to go look at the quantities in my current supplement and try to work it out.

    I had a look through your recommendations and you have been so super thorough I think the Megafood option is what I will go with. I love the idea that they work with the farmers and am happy to buy their product and support that.

    Thanks again for such a comprehensive rundown, I definitely feel like I have a better understanding of why I’m taking B12 and how much I should really be consuming.  

    • @MatissDzelve

      January 21, 2019 - 09:17

      Hey, Heidi!

      I’m absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the article. Totally made my day! 🙂
      I hope you’ll headaches will get better!

      Cheers, Stay Healthy, and Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Hugo

    January 15, 2019 - 14:37

    Thanks for your excellent article; it is very interesting and packed with information.  I had no idea of all the variants of Vitamin B12 supplements, but you give a good explanation here.  I now will go through all the items on your list to make sure that I identify the most appropriate selection in my case.  You’ve got so much information here, that it cannot be digested in one pass.

    Thanks again for the article.

    • @MatissDzelve

      January 16, 2019 - 04:03

      Hey, Hugo!

      Thank you for the kind words. I sincerely appreciate it!
      I’m delighted you enjoyed the article.
      And I totally get that that it might be hard to digest it all in one take. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Jay

    January 3, 2019 - 04:08

    You sure did a lot of research on this and you have provided a thorough understanding on vitamin B12 supplements. I have now just realized how important vitamin B12 is. Even though I have taken them before in the past, I did not really know how important they were. 

    Your article was definitely enlightening and you have taken a lot of time and effort in writing this which means that you have done a lot of research on this. When purchasing supplements I don’t really do a lot of research on them and I did not really know the attributes to look out for but thanks to this your article, I now do. Thanks for sharing this great post.

    • @MatissDzelve

      January 3, 2019 - 06:08

      Hey, Jay!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the article! Means a lot.
      All I can is to affirm that it really did take a huge amount of research. And of course, in writing it afterward. I appreciate the kind words.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • John

    December 29, 2018 - 06:10

    This is the absolute most exhaustive list of B12 supplements that I have ever read!

    I’ve had bariatric surgery and getting better than a simply useful amount of any vitamin can be difficult. I also had no idea that there were so many forms of B12! I would have to choose the bioavailable forms, as you recommend because my digestive and absorption rates have been compromised.

    I saw a couple of items in your top 20 list that my surgical team also have on their recommended list, so I will be looking at those more closely now.

    By the way I wanted to let you know that I found the section describing how the different types of B12 work the most awesome. I enjoy the science of the human body and learning that we actually create a cyanide molecule while converting B12 to become useful… It blows my mind!

    Thank you for providing me with this amazing information!

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 29, 2018 - 07:47

      Hey, John!

      I sincerely appreciate the kind words. I’m very delighted that you enjoyed the article.
      I hope you’ll get better. If you ever need anything, just let me know.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Hansh

    December 27, 2018 - 08:17

    Can I just say that was A LOT of information about B12 vitamin! You weren’t kidding when you said in-depth guide! 

    Thank you for that! I never really understood or appreciated the value of vitamin tablets until now.

    Your 3 examples on how we should be using them was just brilliant! 

    I’m off to buy my b12 vitamins! Cheers!

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 27, 2018 - 18:50

      Hey, Hansh!

      Yeah, I wasn’t kidding about the in-depth-ness of the guide. 😀
      Glad you enjoyed the article!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • ecocatherine

    December 19, 2018 - 19:02

    Wow! This is such an informative, detailed and well researched article. I am very impressed with your content. You are an inspiration to us all.

    Thank you so much for sharing and all the very best.

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 19, 2018 - 20:05

      Hey, Ecocatherine!

      The words are too kind. But I appreciate it a lot!
      Thank you!

      You too have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Vanna Denham

    December 12, 2018 - 05:28

    Matiss your articles are always so comprehensive and educational.  I like that you take one vitamin or one supplement at a time and deconstruct it.  I learn more from your posts than I get from any other one source.

    Thank you for considering vegans in this article.  I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m working on it. Thank you for all the time and work you put in to bring these educational articles to us.

    Happy Holidays! 

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 12, 2018 - 21:31

      Hey, Vanna!

      Thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate it!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, means a lot to me.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • macri4

    December 10, 2018 - 16:39

    Hi Matiss,

    Your site looks nice and I think you are passionate enough about these products.You have a very good description of the products and believe me, I am very pettifogging.

    I liked it very much: your detailed explanation, the simple fact that you have a conclusion and a top 3.

    Now, now these are good stuff, but how can we improve it?

    1) Because the article: “Do we need multivitamins?” does not have a clear conclusion, I would add to the site also the foods that are a source for each vitamin.If you leave the decision to be taken by the client, which is ok, then give him some other alternatives.

    For example, in the post “26 Best Vitamin B12 Supplements 2018” at the end, you can say something like, if someone does not want supplements and has a certain related health problem, because of the lack of b12, then one can increase the consumption of eggs and milk products. (Vegetarians can do that!). Make a list of foods for each article and every vitamin.

    That will build trust between you and your audience and they can find the answer elsewhere in the net, anyway.

    2) Maybe you have to make a short video on the site, while you are explaining one of the articles. People will feel they know you! You are the kind of guy who knows what you are talking about and it should be easy for you.

    That’s basically all. It was just a humble opinion. I do not have a website yet, I just send my point of view as a visitor (and a vegetarian, too!).

    Good luck

    Christian

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 10, 2018 - 23:23

      Hey, Christian!

      I truly and sincerely appreciate your insights. I found them very helpful!
      In some time in the near future, I will try to make the best of them.

      Thank you, again!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • j52powell

    December 9, 2018 - 08:10

    Hi Matiss,

    What an exhaustive examination of B12 supplements and the various options.  It is actually a lot to digest.  I am not much for taking supplements, but I do take a hi potency (it says on the label) B Complex pill every day.  A few years back I had a bout with sciatica and my doctor in the Philippines prescribed it.  I continue to take it even though his prescription of it ran out after a few weeks.  I don’t want to go through the sciatica like I had it then ever again.  I note on the label that the B12 included is cyanocobalamin, the synthetic version, at 50 mcg per dose. Based on your information, I ought to bulk that up to 500-1000 mcg/day, correct?

    What are the best sources of B12 in foods and how easy is it to get the therapeutic dose “naturally” without supplements?

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Joe

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 9, 2018 - 20:37

      Hey, Joe!

      That is correct, Joe.
      The best sources for B12 are various aminal kingdom products. One of the absolute best ones – clams, sardines, beef, and liver.
      In the modern environment, it’s pretty impossible. Surely, you can try and do the vitamin as much as naturally possible. But the overall intake on any typical day won’t account for that much.

      I hope that helps.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Sujandar Mahesan

    December 7, 2018 - 02:05

    My parents always emphasized to me how incredibly important the vitamin B12 is for everyone. They always told me and made me to take a capsule of a supplement once per day. It’s been about time I’d replace the supplement I have been using as I’m not entirely sure it’s that great in terms of what else is out there.

    You’re article was really enlightening as to the great supplements out there, I will have now a lot to choose from. As I already anticipated, mine I did not find on your list, yet it did provide 1000 micrograms of the substance. 

    Nonetheless thank you so much for shortlisting the best 20 supplements and sharing it with everyone. I really appreciate it.

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 7, 2018 - 04:25

      Hey, Sujandar!

      I’m absolutely delighted that it brought a lot of clarity to you. And that you just enjoyed the article in general.
      It was my pleasure to put the list together for all of you guys! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Christine

    December 6, 2018 - 09:26

    Hey, just wanted to leave you a quick thank you for the detailed information on vitamin B12 supplements. Taking into account that there are so many types of Vitamin B12 supplement on the market, I found great value in the guide that you made for us. 

    I love the fact that you’ve identified vegan B12 supplements as that was exactly what I was looking for and not many lists address this. I’m really passionate about Vegan Action and everything that they do. Will considering the MegaFood Methyl B12 and Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-12.

    Again, thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 6, 2018 - 22:17

      Hey, Christine!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the article and that you found it helpful!
      You are very welcome!! 🙂

      If you ever need anything, just let me know. I will be more than happy to help you out.
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Take Care.
      Matiss

  • Garen

    December 4, 2018 - 13:49

    I have been having problems with fatigue for several months and realize I might need to make some adjustments.  I am trying to eat better and cutting out the fast food.

    I am going to be purchasing some Vitamin B12 supplements in a week or so.  I know a lot of the brands that you have mentioned.  However, I keep seeing the brand “NOW Foods”.  Their B12 supplements are much cheaper than the ones you mentioned.  Do you believe they are a good option too?

    I know cheaper doesn’t always mean better so I figured I would ask.

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 5, 2018 - 05:03

      Hey, Garen!

      I hope you’re doing great. Generally, I do agree NOW Foods is an awesome brand. As you said their supplements tend to be cheaper than the competition.

      However, in regards to the B12 (NOW Foods Methyl B12), it is no good. I would highly advise to not go for it.
      The most troublesome aspect about that supplement is that it has Fructose as one of its additives. Fructose essentially is that same High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in terms of the health implications it poses.

      Thus, any of the supplements on this list will be a much better option than the NOW Foods attempt on B12.

      I hope that helps you in making a more informed decision.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • AV 2001

    December 4, 2018 - 08:21

    Hey Matiss! I hope you’re doing great. I really enjoyed this blog on Vitamin Supplements as it contains tones of valuable information. For the past couple of months, I’ve been consuming Vitamin Supplements manufactured by this brand called Z and M natural nutrition. 

    My question for today is “Are these supplements natural?” Thanks in advance for answering my question. I hope to read other blog posts on your website in the future. Thanks a lot for taking your precious time in writing this post. Cheers!

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 4, 2018 - 21:31

      Hey, I really am doing great, thank you for asking.

      I’m delighted you enjoyed the article, glad it was helpful.

      I checked out the Z&M brand. As far as I can tell, it’s not a brand I would advise going for. They do claim to provide as natural of supplements as possible, however at the same time they use nutrient forms like Cyanocobalamin, Choline bitartrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Retinyl Acetate and Thiamine mononitrate in their supplements. On top of that the supplements they’re providing seem to be average at best.

      No third party assertions as of their quality. So, that remains largely a mystery. Overall I would say to avoid them for the time being. Or at least until they acquire proper assertions and certifications. If ever.

      Absolutely no problem, I enjoyed putting this together for all of you.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Holly Knudson

    December 4, 2018 - 07:05

    Thanks for this enlightening article on B12. I love supplementing with all the B vitamins, but particularly B12 because it’s dependent on digestion so many of us are low, especially the elderly. My favorite form is hydroxycobalamin. 

    I like products from Thorne Research and Pure Encapsulations. I have also used Garden of Life for certain supplements. Thanks for this thorough post. I’m particularly interested in Life Extension’s bioactive folate and vitamin B12 supplement I have used Life Extension’s products before, and have been impressed with their quality,. 

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 4, 2018 - 21:15

      Hey, Holly!

      I’m delighted you found the article helpful and educational.
      I really enjoyed putting it together for all of you guys. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Sophia

    December 3, 2018 - 09:39

    I have been searching google for the best vitamin b12 supplements when I found your site. I appreciate how you broke everything down to a science but honestly I am looking for b12 because I am a depressed single mother and taking b12 drops I have found relieves some of my depression symptoms as well as my fatigue. Its quite remarkable and effective. I require a good about of b12 each day to remain functioning and happy.

    I am aware of the additives in supplements. That is why I usually go for FOOD based supplements. I am very family with MEGA FOOD brand and usually purchase that brand of Vitamin B12. But you know what? After reviewing this article I feel like the Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Iron is something suitable for me because I am a menstruating woman with low iron. I feel like this product will make me feel physically better. 

    I am just very sensitive when I don’t have my supplements and when I lack in certain nutrients I just feel blah. I appreciate that you really took the time to research and find the absolute best products on the market in regards to vitamin b12.

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 3, 2018 - 23:50

      Hey!

      Thank you for all the appreciation, I appreciate that.
      I’m delighted I was able to be of service for you, Sophia!
      The B12 indeed is a marvelous vitamin. I’m glad you’re aware of its value. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Victor Lavaza

    December 2, 2018 - 17:46

    Hi MatissDzelve, great article you have here, very explicit. Now I learned the attributes to look out for in determining a Vitamin B12 supplement worth my money. If your article is anything to go by, I will try out Methylcobalamin from Thorne Research. That it offers the exact amount of micrograms that are needed is just awesome.

    Many thanks for the information and best regards!

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 2, 2018 - 20:16

      Hey, Victor! I’m delighted that the article was of great benefit to you! The kind words are very much appreciated.

      Always glad and happy to help! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Barry Bullard

    December 2, 2018 - 08:18

    As the new year approaches I’m researching different supplements to take to keep my health trending in the right direction.  I’m so glad I came across this article as it’s truly THE place to get the information I need (and I imagine many other people need) on B12 and solid recommendations.

    I read all 20 on your list but ironically I should have stopped at number one because the Thorne Research  Methylcobalamin looks like the one for me.

    Thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 2, 2018 - 20:11

      Hey, Barry!

      I genuinely glad you found the article both educational and beneficial. The fact that I was able to contribute makes the effort of writing this article totally worth it.
      I certainly appreciate the kind words.

      Cheers, and if you ever need anything, Barry, just let me know! I’ll be happy to help!
      Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Stacie

    December 2, 2018 - 04:56

    That is an enormous amount of information to absorb! And VERY educational! B12 is a very important vitamin that most people do not get enough of!

    I work in a restaurant where I have access to a lot of the fresh and organic fruits and veggies listed in some of your recipes, I am one of the lucky ones that gets their B12 without even realizing it. 

    I am glad I came across this article, I learned a lot from it, and have some great places to get vitamins at a reasonable price. 

    Thanks,

    Stacie

    • @MatissDzelve

      December 2, 2018 - 05:05

      Hey! I truly appreciate the kind words, Stacie! Really glad you found the article educational as the primary goal was to educate. 🙂

      I’m glad you have that access, it’s really important.

      Cheers, I’m glad I was able to help!
      Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Anusuya

    November 30, 2018 - 18:42

    Amazing review on one of the essential vitamins – the B12 vitamin. This important vitamin keeps the body’s nerves and blood cells health, helps make DNA-the genetic material, prevents megaloblastic anemia. There are various doses for different age group and for adults, the minimal daily requirement is 2.4 mcg/day (but you mentioned that already :)).  

    I reviewed this very detailed document. A huge amount of research has been consolidated and culminated into this in-depth review. It explains the different forms of B12 and how the different forms contribute towards our health.

    Found the best supplement based on the constituent and purity. Described several sources of B12 with pricing, quality and a short description of them.

    Awesome compilation of a great research, highly engaging, satisfying to read, that will help the world. I expect this article to have a massive outreach.

    I loved the classification and the quality attributed to various sources. 🙂

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 30, 2018 - 20:37

      Hey! Thank you for the kind words, Anusuya! I truly and sincerely appreciate it. 🙂

      I really hope that this will have a massive outreach. And I always do my best to make the articles I write as thorough and accurate as possible. Again, thank you for the kind words!

      Cheers, and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Taetske

    November 30, 2018 - 16:57

    Good afternoon Matiss,

    Thank you for this extensive review on the best Vitamin B12 Supplements.

    I agree with you that the values given by the DV and NRV are far too low because you will start showing symptoms already. When I visited my anti-aging doc recently he said I was too low so I got a shot of Vitamin B12.

    I have started to take what manufacturers say with a grain of salt. In our world, it seems they speak with their benefit in mind, not our health.

    If our digestive systems do not function properly the whole body gets out of balance. This is caused by the junk food and processed foods we normally eat. One should not eat something of which one cannot pronounce the words on the label.

    Organic is the best option and in the case, we still need some extra Vitamin B12 your good list comes in very handy.

    Regards, Taetske

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 30, 2018 - 20:30

      Hey, Taetske!

      Thank you for the kind words, I sincerely appreciate it, means a lot to me! 🙂

      And I couldn’t agree with you more in regards to everything that you said. Nothing to add. 🙂

      Cheers, Stay Healthy and if you ever need anything, just let me know!
      Have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Cinderella

    November 28, 2018 - 15:55

    I am really glad to see a great variety of vitamin B12 supplements, I am a health fanatic and I will definitely check out the No. 1 Thorne Research and Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw, the article has been very educational and I also noticed you also gave insights to vegans and vegetarians.

    I will definitely add vitamin B12 supplement to my medicine/nutritional cabinet.  Thanks!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 28, 2018 - 21:18

      Hey, Cinderella!

      Makes me delighted to know that you enjoyed the article and that you found great value in it form an educational standpoint. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Swangirl

    November 28, 2018 - 14:55

    I use B12 but after reading your extremely thorough reviews here I think I  will try the Thorne Research B Complex #12. I need other B vitamins besides B12 so I  think that would be the best choice for me. I know I need B2 for my eyes and some of the other B’s as well. 

    I may try the Live Wise Naturals B12 liquid as well. It is interesting you mentioned the warning that men should not take supplements with iron. My husband has excessive iron and has been told the only way to get rid of it would be to donate blood! That sounds so archaic as the old practices of bloodletting but I  guess some people just accumulate too much iron in the blood. It is due to a genetic variation found in some Scandinavian/Viking populations. 

    Thanks for this very detailed comparison. I will be referring back to this!

    Jessica

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 28, 2018 - 21:53

      Hey, Swangirl!

      Yes, indeed, all B vitamins, in general, are extremely beneficial and therefore needed for great health. The B12 alone is no warrior.
      In this regard, I do believe that the best approach, however, would be to primarily go for a multivitamin and then to add to that either a solid singular B12 supplement or that Thorne Research B Complex #12. This is because, essentially all of the vitamins and minerals play a unique role in our well-being and health and best results will always be achieved through a thorough and comprehensive nutrition, rather than selective.

      To be honest, getting rid of the excess iron through donating blood is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to get that under control. Donating blood essentially does two things.

      First, it activates the organism’s natural response of renewing the blood amount within the organism. In this process, a lot of the iron reserves are utilized.
      And second, you’re actually helping other people, because there quite literally can be a person, who survives a surgery, a blood infection or a different kind of condition just because of the blood donated.

      Therefore, although, I do agree that it might sound archaic, it is the most practical solution.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, Jessica!

      Cheers, Stay Healthy, and Have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Queen

    November 26, 2018 - 13:23

    Waow! This is a great eye opener for me, as I have never really taken into pespective the importance of Vitamin B-12 before, when I go for supplements I just look for one with the daily intake of omega 3, but after reading this, & especially finding out how important Vitamin B-12 is to our body, I now know what to focus on.  

    But if I may ask, is taking this Vitamin B-12 Supplement enough on it’s own, or do I still need to take other supplements alongside it?

    Thanks for this great insight.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 26, 2018 - 19:15

      Hey, Queen!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the article! Glad it was educational. 🙂

      Vitamin B12 certainly is important but it isn’t everything. Omega-3s are extremely important, so are also proper multivitamins.
      In that sense, vitamin B12 supplements are best to complement multivitamins and omega-3s. Therefore, if you are not going for the full range of nutrients required for optimal health, it will be much more beneficial to primarily go with the two mentioned, and only then if you choose to add that B12.

      I hope that helps! If further clarifications are needed, just let me know.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Otis Dube

    November 25, 2018 - 15:45

    Oh, yes, wow it is true I think that our body is made or created of 90% micrograms in the brain 10% of human flesh. It is basically, of course, to fight all different bacteria’s our individual body possesses. So, yes, it is up to one another how to look after our bodies for health reasons, and deep down it refers to moderately put or eat what types of vitamins and calories in our individual systems.

    “Quality and manufacturing practices used in supplement production is something that mostly isn’t put on the supplement label. However, they’re extremely important.” – As you said, nutrients I surely agree with you are critical.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 25, 2018 - 16:48

      Hey, Otis!

      I’m not sure what are you referring to when you mentioned 90% micrograms in the brain and 10% micrograms in the human flesh. As for the second sentence, I’m at a complete loss as well. Do keep in mind that our gut is composed of the microbiome, which essentially is various types and different kinds of micro-organisms, bacteria if you will.

      Our health definitely is though quite reliant on what we eat. “You are what you eat.” In that regard, however, supplements are something to complement your diet with and not something to completely rely on, when it comes to one’s health. Overall great health is an entirety of many factors, food and proper nutrition just being some of them.

      You are welcome to clarify the parts I did not manage to understand!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Jill

    November 25, 2018 - 05:13

    Hello Matiss, What a lot of work you have gone through to do this informative review on the use of Vitamin B12 supplementation. It was good to see that you had not forgotten about the vegan population.

    Presently have a problem in the gut so am being treated by a specialist and will be seeing him again on 28th of this month. I will inquire about the possible use of Vitamin B12 and when and if he thinks I should use it.

    Was advised by a friend who went through much of what I am going through with the stress of a mentally ill husband, to have Vitamin B12 injections but need to speak to my specialist first.

    Of all the wonderful products you have mentioned in this article, the only one I have come across, here in  South Africa, is the Vital range.

    We are obviously sadly lacking in choice or the others we have are not available in the USA.

    Am an advocate of eating fresh, preferably organic, fruit and vegetables.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 25, 2018 - 06:09

      Hey, Jill!

      I appreciate you recognizing the work that has been put into making this article.

      I too am an advocate of proper eating, yet that doesn’t change the fact that B12 vitamin will still be something you’ll need to be on top of your game.

      If I’m not mistaken, iHerb also ships to South Africa, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

      Best of luck with your doctor’s appointment!
      Stay Healthy and Take Care!
      Matiss

  • Curtis

    November 24, 2018 - 21:02

    Wow, you have provided a ton of great information. We should have no problem figuring out which B12 supplement to use for our own situation. This information is very detailed and I like the fact you put side effects in here.

    Is it really true that we can’t get enough B12 from the foods we eat? I know from my own research for my website that we can get B12 from fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. But, I guess that would not help if you are vegan or vegetarian.

    Do you think B12 as a supplement is better in capsule, pill or liquid form?

    Thank you for this amazing information!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 24, 2018 - 21:57

      Hey, Curtis! Thank you for the kind words, I sincerely appreciate it.

      I love your question and thank you for asking it.
      I’m of the opinion, which is also founded in research and various studies, that we can’t really get enough nutrients from the food only to ensure optimal health.

      Well, that is exactly the thing. Enough for what? If the answer is to be okay or to not get a deficiency disease, then certainly, yes! We absolutely can get all of the B12 we need from the food alone.

      But if the answer is to be great, to be unstoppable, to ensure that our bodies and minds can perform at their best, to have the optimal, best health possible – then, no. I really can’t explain it any better than I’ve already had in the article of do we need vitamin supplements. So, if you’re interested please check it out! 🙂

      As for the supplement form, I do believe that it does not matter that much to specifically choose one over another. In my opinion, it’s best to go with the one you are okay with consuming daily and that doesn’t make you tread the idea of taking the supplement. In that regard, it really is much more beneficial than the insignificant and theoretical advantages of one form over the other.

      The best of luck with your website, Curtis!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Stefan

    November 24, 2018 - 08:16

    Now, this is a great list of vitamin B12 supplements. The list of 20 different products is a bit overwhelming though, I in a sense miss a short description of each product. For me personally as a consumer without too much knowledge about the topic it is not easy to choose one of your recommendations. 

    Maybe you can recommend a better product, for a male, over 50 years, I don’t like chemicals, I prefer BIO. Thanks.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 24, 2018 - 20:20

      Hey, Stefan!

      Well, I do see where you’re coming from but this is the downside of creating thorough guides. And that was my goal – to create a thorough guide.

      The goal wasn’t to make a handout on the best vitamin B12 supplements. In fact, even shorter descriptions for the supplements I don’t feel would do them justice. I made them as short as they can possibly be. If you’re not into actually reading the descriptions, you don’t have to, it’s not like I’m forcing you. 🙂 You can always just base your choice on the titles given in the article.

      As for not being easy to choose, well it won’t ever be, there is just too much great stuff out there. I have tried to ease this though by putting them all in a list. So, if it still is hard to choose, don’t overthink it. It’s not like you’re choosing a supplement you have to now buy for the rest of your life. If you like multiple ones, just try them all consequently and see which one works best for you. Then stick with that one.

      For all you organic die-hards out there – Vegansafe B-12 is your best bet.

      Cheers, have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Daniella

    November 23, 2018 - 13:51

    Hi Matiss,

    Wow, what a great article! I really enjoyed the reading! My daughter is vegan, and I think she will need vitamin B12, but first I want to go with her to do a blood test so we can see if she lack vitamins. I think she does though. Anyway, I will check for the vegan vitamin B12 through the link on your website. Is it OK to take one vitamin per day? Or it would be better two or three times a week?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 23, 2018 - 18:49

      Hey, Daniella!

      I sincerely appreciate the kind words. I’m pleased you enjoyed it. It totally made my day! 🙂

      Yes, it is perfectly fine to take one a day for adults. For children, it really depends on their age. So, in essence, they do not need as much so for them taking one a day might be an overkill.
      If you can provide me with the approximate age of your daughter, I’ll look into it. Other than that, it really is a wild guess. If she’s in her teens, for the time being, you could try to go with 500 micrograms providing B12 supplement 3-4 times a week. It might also be that it could work if you were to provide her with such a supplement daily. But I haven’t done my research in regards to this yet.

      Either way, to make this easier for you and others, I will be making an article in regards to this in the future.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Paul

    November 22, 2018 - 10:03

    Dear MatissDzelve,

    Thanks a lot for the detailed and in-depth post on 26 Best Vitamin B12 Supplements.

    Wow, loads of valuable information. Just recently I came to know and realized by just consuming food alone we cannot gain the required vitamins or amount of vitamins to our body needs. And we need to go for the vitamin supplements.

    At the present situation looking at our foods its almost impossible to consume the required vitamins and  vitamin supplements is a must to everyone.

    I can see the effort and time you invested for this great article and for sure many going to benefit from it.

    May I ask…

    Is that we need to take a lot of tablets… That is… For vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Protein etc So is that we need to take a lot of tablets. Is their a way to take just few tablet which will cover all the required vitamins. Please advice.

    Wishing you great success!

    Paul

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 22, 2018 - 22:12

      Hey, Paul, I’m delighted you liked and enjoyed the article. And I appreciate you recognizing the effort it took to put it together. 🙂

      I can only agree with that. Through some genuinely in-depth research, I’ve also found this to be the case.

      The best approach in regards to taking vitamins, minerals and just nutrients in general that are needed for our best health is through proper multivitamin supplements. And then if the particular multivitamin one decides on does not provide in sufficient enough amounts or form a specific nutrient, it’s best then to add that through a single nutrient supplement.

      If you need any further input, just let me know! I’ll be happy to assist you, Paul!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Darryl

    November 21, 2018 - 16:10

    Hi,

    Thanks for the article, it’s definitely very thorough and provides some great advice. One thing, though, which I’d like to know – what are the signs that you are not receiving enough B12? I often feel tired and lethargic in the early evening and wonder if this could be related to a lack of B12 or some other vitamin?

    Thanks for your help,

    Darryl

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 21, 2018 - 19:10

      Hey!

      I appreciate the kind words, Darryl!

      The vitamin B12 deficiency itself is correlated with weakness, fatigue, nerve damage, glossitis, mouth ulcers, disturbed vision, mood changes and disorders, brain disorders, breathlessness, and dizziness, as well as with pale and jaundiced skin and other symptoms. Thus, that tiredness and lethargicness can be correlated with the amounts of B12 you’re having. Or if I say so myself – not having.

      However, do take in mind that there are a bunch of nutrients, which are responsible for appropriate energy levels. Take for example vitamin D. One of its core functions is related to energy metabolism. So, in essence, to start with you should best consider going with a proper multivitamin if you’re not taking one already. And then consider also adding a B12, if the multivitamin you decide on does not provide B12 in amounts of 500-1000 micrograms.

      Other than that, it can also be related to various lifestyle factors such as not exercising regularly.

      Stay Healthy! Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Fran C.

    November 20, 2018 - 14:21

    Thank you for this amazing article Matiss!

    The vegan friendly list is especially helpful and appreciated.

    I’ve never learned so much about a vitamin or supplement as I have reading this.

    I am definitely keeping it handy and going to try some of your suggested supplements. Unfortunately iHerb is not currently shipping to Spain, do you have any other suggestion of where I can order from?

    Thanks in advance!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 20, 2018 - 19:52

      Hey! I’m thrilled you found the article both helpful and educational.
      Thank you for all the kind words, they mean a lot to me.

      As for alternatives to iHerb – to some extent, Amazon should be able to back you up on this one. Other than that also Pure and Balanced can be of big help.

      I hope this helps!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Fiona

    November 20, 2018 - 04:03

    Wow, I had no idea there were so many options for B12 Supplements. Thank you for the thorough article and all the effort you have put into it. I currently take a multivitamin, so a B12 supplement may be an option for me. I enjoyed the section about making sure your gut health is in good condition too. That’s something else that I need to pay attention to!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 20, 2018 - 19:33

      Hey, Fiona!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the article! And I sincerely appreciate you recognizing the effort it took to put it all together. 🙂

      Stay Healthy, Fiona!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Raymond Lepkowicz

    November 19, 2018 - 19:32

    I have to say I love your site layout.

    Your article is very well researched, at least from my point of view.  You put in the work and the article is very well presented.  

    For someone interested in in-depth study of vitamin B-12 your page is a must read.

    For someone like myself who is not into all the in-depth details but interested in only who makes the best, it is a little hard to pick one among the rest.

    Overall you have a great site and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about vitamin supplements.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 19, 2018 - 21:14

      Hey, Raymond!

      Thank you for all the kind words, I truly and sincerely appreciate it! Really, really glad you enjoyed the website. 🙂

      I do agree that it can get a little bit hard to choose, if you’re overthinking it. But try to keep it simple. There is no right or wrong answer when considering the choosing of a supplement from the top of the list. I did list them in order starting with the best.
      In that sense the No. 1 is a full on vitamin B12 without any additions, but the following do have some angles on them. Choose whichever gets you most excited or that rings most true to you.
      Hope that helps. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One, Raymond!
      Matiss

  • Che

    November 18, 2018 - 20:08

    Hello there, 

    Such a great post. As an RN, I appreciate your website a lot – “Better eat vitamin supplements for prevention than to eat a handful of medicines for cure”. 

    B12 is truly important. And I must thank you for this post to create awareness of its importance – Anybody sometimes can  forget or maybe not aware of the symptoms – And yes, even those who work as healthcare provider. 

    I had a colleague for long years ago, she suffered a severe B-12 deficiency and the neurological and psychological symptoms are unimaginable. Luckily she got cured with it after a long hospital admission. 

    Oh, thanks for the product recommendations. I love the top 3 vegan B-12 supplements. 

    Looking forward to more of your valuable articles in the future. Cheers! 

    Best regards, 

    Che

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 18, 2018 - 22:27

      Hey, Che! Thank you for all the appreciation! I’m really happy you enjoyed the article!
      The vitamin B12 deficiency – yes, it’s certainly very far from where you want to be.

      I had an acquaintance, who was lactating while being vitamin B12 deficient. And not only did it have massive negative impact on herself, but also on the child. Just devastating to a point where the child was having mental breakdowns and becoming randomly temporarily unresponsive to the outside world.

      Eventually they got sorted it out, but it certainly isn’t fun being B12 deficient. I do believe that it’s one of the most important of all the various vitamins out there.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Emily Hii

    November 18, 2018 - 12:13

    I didn’t know there were so many different brands out there. I’m just always into buying whatever’s in the special offer in the supermarket. I have Swisse B12, and I take one every second day. Don’t really feel any difference. After reading your last bit of the article, I think I should start eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and cut off junk food… I didn’t want to take B12 everyday, there is also the fish oil, vitamin D, calcium, iron, vitamin C that I take! What are your thoughts, should I also take B12 daily with those supplements? Can I? Since I read that you mentioned there is no side effects found in taking B12. 

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 18, 2018 - 15:18

      Hey, Emily!

      Definitely try going easier on the consumption of junk food. Don’t cut it off right away though as that is proven to essentially work for only 2 or so weeks while you’re inspired to live healthy. After that period most people revert back. Again, if it’s cut off instantly. I believe that the best approach is to gradually decrease the amounts of junk food you’re having and replacing it with fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and all the other healthy stuff.

      Yes, you can definitely add the B12 to the supplements you’re already using! It will only be to your benefit.

      However, I would also propose you to consider a proper multivitamin. It will add the much needed other crucial nutrients that you’re current regimen is lacking. On top of that the multivitamin would possibly replace some of the supplements you’re currently using (depending on which one you choose), but would add way more value.

      Cheers and Stay Healthy, Emily!
      Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Paul

    November 18, 2018 - 08:04

    Hi Matiss. Me, again! Thanks for yet another comprehensive review. During that recent checkup I’ve mentioned before already, my Doctor told that I should probably increase my overall vitamin intake, which needless to say also includes the B12. The multi-vitamin I’ve started appears to provide very little B12.

    As probably you remember already, I have always tended to avoid supplements as I wanted to get all the vitamins via diet but I am realizing now that if I find the right ones then it makes things so much easier than having to consume 10000 spinach leaves. Thanks again for your work in providing this information and for assisting me in making a good decision. I appreciate it!

    Paul

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 18, 2018 - 15:08

      Hey! Yes, Paul, I remember you! Happy to see you! 🙂

      Vitamins definitely make things way more easier as none would probably be up for consuming 10000 spinach leaves a day. I too certainly wouldn’t.

      Glad you enjoyed the article, I appreciate the kind words and you recognizing the effort it took to put it all together! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Victor

    November 17, 2018 - 19:48

    I remember that my mom gave me B-Complex when I was younger and I feel the energy from it. This is a very good article because you provide details and crucial information about different sources of vitamin B12. The article itself reminded me of my years taking those vitamins that my parents used to buy. Now, I’m entering my 30s and I feel the need for some extra vitamins. I used to an athlete and now barely do any physical activity, I try to run with my teams when I coach soccer. I’m trying to stay as healthy as possible you know 🙂

    Great informative article. I will definitely share it with my friends!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 18, 2018 - 04:23

      Hey, Victor! I sincerely appreciate the kind words. And I’m glad you enjoyed the article.
      Definitely, man, keep up the good health! 🙂

      If you ever need anything, just let me know!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • John

    November 17, 2018 - 14:02

    Thank you for the incredibly in depth article on B12 Matiss. I can see you have put an incredible amount of research into this post and it has made me realize how important it is to consider supplements for essential vitamins as we don’t necessarily get what we need from our diet alone. 

    Keep up the great work, and I look forward to reading your next post!

    John. 

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 17, 2018 - 16:22

      Hey, John!

      Yes, I really strive to put an insane amount of research into everything that I do, especially in regards to the articles I write. 🙂
      And I do recognize that they might not be perfect, but I always do my absolute best to make and provide the information as accurate as I possibly can. To the best of my ability. 🙂

      Will definitely keep up the good work! And thank you for the kind words!
      Cheers, John, and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    November 17, 2018 - 04:19

    Very good post and great info.

    Many people underestimate the importance of Vitamin B12, and also that you need to take the very least amounts of DV, which I think many people don’t reach.

    I’m in the fitness and bodybuilding world for quite a time now, the people there know the advantages and they take supplements, but outside of it, not too many know.

    So really thanks for sharing it, so people can understand and also know which supplement is the best of price/quality!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 17, 2018 - 05:02

      Hey!

      I’m really happy you enjoyed the post, Emmanuel! It was my pleasure to put it all together for all of you guys. I had fun. 🙂

      DV really are the absolute minimum you should get daily. The ABSOLUTE MINIMUM. I would, however, strongly recommend to stick to PDV in regards to the B12. It will be much more beneficial both short-term and long-term.
      Other than that, I also do believe that many people in their daily lives don’t reach the DV, statistics also show that. Which are very concerning.

      I will do my best to change that! To help as many people as I can.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • KPalmquist

    November 16, 2018 - 17:52

    That is a very comprehensive overview. Two things are very nice to see. First, the breakdown of cost per day. That is helpful for those who take multiple supplements per day. The cost can really add up! The second thing is the inclusion of vegetarian and vegan sources. We have several vegan friends and they have typically had difficulty getting this level of detail. Oh, almost forgot – I really appreciated the section on interactions with other supplements. That is a topic that is usually given little attention.

    Great article!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 16, 2018 - 18:46

      Hey, KPalmquist!

      Thank you for the kind words, I sincerely appreciate it!
      I’m really glad that the elements I found to include the article you found really awesome! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Mary Ann

    November 15, 2018 - 18:18

    Hello Matiss. Thanks for this great in-depth information. To be honest, I did not realize B12 was that important. As a woman you often hear that it is important to take Calcium (for our bones) and Vitamin D. Out of your list the one that caught my attention was the No. 3 | Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-12, mainly because it is gluten free. I am not gluten intolerant but have found that when I eliminate gluten from foods in general I feel so much better. Secondly, I like No. 2 | MegaFood Methyl B12 because in addition to all the other benefits, it contains Beet Root which I know is very good for you.

    Is there an age factor here to consider? I mean a 20 year old vs a 60-70 year old taking B12 and the benefits, particularly for the older woman?

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 15, 2018 - 21:11

      Hey, Mary Ann!

      We’re very similar in that sense, I also feel much better when I’m avoiding gluten in my diet. In that regard both the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-12 and MegaFood Methyl B12 are gluten free.

      In regards to the age factor, I don’t think it plays a large enough role to consider it what concerns the vitamin B12 amounts. Nonetheless, I feel that the Beet Root would be something too valuable to pass for an older woman.
      I hope that helps!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Chrissie Spurgeon

    November 15, 2018 - 01:17

    This is a really helpful review of available Vitamin B12 supplements.

    I really like the sound of the organic spray one, and I think that you have convinced me to go ahead and purchase it.

    It is also very refreshing to find out that there are no astronomical International shipping costs. Do you happen to know if there are any Customs costs involved?

    Your advise is very much appreciated.

    Very many thanks for a really helpful and informative post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 15, 2018 - 06:25

      Hey, Chrissie!

      I’m truly glad I was able to help. And it hypes me up knowing that you found it informative. 🙂

      As for the Customs, I’ll be only able to answer in regards to Europe (Countries of EU, The Customs Union). For EU countries no additional costs should be involved as long as the total price of the package does not exceed 45 EUR.
      As for the rest, I really don’t know. In that regard I do think that it’s best to get in touch with your local customs authority and just ask them.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Chris

    November 14, 2018 - 17:37

    The vitamin B group is a one of three supplements I take daily, and I try to buy a brand that is well known for it’s quality. My mother however, goes for the cheaper brands, and I often wonder why they are so cheap?

    Is it down to the delivery of the tablet supplement? Do they put something in them that is cheaper than the more popular brands? More often than not both examples contain the exact same amount of vitamin/mineral/etc…

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 14, 2018 - 20:58

      Hey, Chris!

      If we’re talking about supplements in general there are essentially three aspects that are the most common in regards to the differences in price.

      First, the vitamin forms. For example, a cheap version of the supplement will state that it has 400 mili-grams of Magnesium and a quality supplement will state that it has 400 mili-grams of Magnesium. The only difference will be that in the first instance it will be in a form of Magnesium Oxide and in the second instance it will be Magnesium Orotate.
      These various forms, however, will be a huge difference upon consumption of the supplement. Meaning our bodies generally struggle to absorb (acquire) Magnesium from Magnesium Oxide, but can absorb (acquire) easily Magnesium from Magnesium Orotate. So, the latter will be many times more beneficial than the former.

      Second, additives used. The active forms of the nutrients might be the same, but there might be a huge difference in the quality of additives, in that how harmful they are, how likely are they to induce side-effects, the actual substances that those are derived from and so on.

      Third, manufacturing practices. One manufacturer putting all it’s best efforts into making the supplement as pure and beneficial as possible, and the other doing some superficial tests to remove most common contaminants, but not really interested in making the supplement as pure as possible.

      Surely, supplements can also simply be overpriced. Usually it’s not the case though. But that may occur.

      I hope that answers your question!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Olonisakin Kehinde

    November 14, 2018 - 13:29

    I have so much to digest and take home. I must say that you are exceptionally exceptional in this field. You really have given an in depth information.  I prefer the chewables. I really have a hand full of options now for B12.  Thank you for your post. I will continuously follow you for more updates.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 14, 2018 - 19:05

      Hey! Your words are too kind, Olonisakin! I sincerely appreciate it! 🙂
      I had fun researching all of this and putting it together for you! More awesome articles to come. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Brenda

    November 13, 2018 - 09:41

    This is without doubt an informative post. Very detailed information about vitamin B12 and supplements of that kind. I’m sure everyone reading your article will be able to take away some useful information. Very well researched and presented. It’s really great how you have explained the individual forms of B12. I mean, now people can make an informed Choice. 

    Sorry for the comment being such a mess, I just got really excited about it! 🙂

    I will definitely visit your website to read more. Looking forward to reading more interesting post from you.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 13, 2018 - 19:10

      Hey, no worries, Brenda! I’m glad the article had that effect on you!
      There really is no better compliment than that! You totally made my day! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One, Brenda!
      Matiss

  • Fran

    November 12, 2018 - 23:14

    I was very pleased to have found and had the opportunity to read your article on Vitamin B12.  I have been taking it as a supplement for quite some time.  The main thing I have noticed is that it seems to increase my energy.  Though my B12 has done well for me, I think I’ll try your number one supplement when I reorder.  Thanks for researching and providing us with this information.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 13, 2018 - 05:43

      Hey! I’m really glad that you found the article helpful, Fran.
      It was my pleasure to provide this article to all of you! I had fun. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Shy

    November 12, 2018 - 13:12

    That is certainly a lot of information about B12 vitamins, a very comprehensive guide. I would not have thought to look for additives in the supplement, or the quality and manufacturing practices. Thank you for your honesty and I’m glad you shared this.

    I am totally of the opinion that it is extremely difficult, next to impossible to get all of your daily vitamin requirements through food alone. Furthermore the statistics of vitamin deficiencies are just insane (in a bad way). Therefore it makes me really glad there is someone such as yourself Matiss who is looking out for people and making sure that we don’t fall into the traps of marketing.

    Keep sharing, my friend!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 12, 2018 - 19:13

      Hey, Shy!

      Thank you for the kind words, I sincerely do appreciate it! 🙂
      I too believe that it is impossible to get the needed amounts of nutrients from food alone. Even, if one practices a truly healthy diet, it’s still not enough for the maximum potential. Yet, it’s important to remember that food plays a vital role in our health as well. So never disregard that.

      I’ve also come across certain statistics that are very concerning to say the least.

      I’m glad to be here and help as much as I can. I’ll definitely keep on sharing. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Babsie Wagner

    November 11, 2018 - 15:57

    I am super excited that I found your website.  I write a health blog, and I do recommend supplements for certain things occasionally, but I find it so confusing which ones to recommend.  I try them, but I’m not an expert by any means.  I am so happy to get such a detailed explanation of how to actually look at the ingredients and discipher them.  Thank you so much for such an in-depth article.  Awesome!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 11, 2018 - 20:02

      Hey, Babsie, I’m really glad that the article helped to clear the confusion.
      As well as it makes me really happy to know that it was of great benefit to you, Babsie!

      If I can further assist you with anything, just let me know!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Kenny

    November 11, 2018 - 06:49

    Hi, this is a very complete feeling of a guide to B-12 supplements. The quality of each one really seems top notch. I do think that if more people knew about the health benefits of this supplement they would make more effort to incorporate it into their diet, and if more people knew about the quality stuff, we’d have less of the low quality supplements out there. I’ll help to spread the message.
    Two questions I have – are there B-12 supplements that could be harmful if taken in too higher quantities? Do any of the vitamin supplements possible to cause an allergic reaction? Thanks.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 11, 2018 - 07:36

      Hey, Kenny!

      I’m really glad that you liked the article! I really appreciate all and every effort of spreading the message. 🙂

      Sure, vitamin B12 supplements supposedly can be harmful if taken into amounts larger than 5000 micro-grams. That is essentially what’s presumed, but none know for sure yet. Either way, I would never recommend to use a supplement that exceeds that dose.

      As for allergic reactions – to the B12 vitamin itself – no. However, various additives that any particular supplement has may cause allergic reactions to some people. In regards to the supplements on this list, it’s extremely unlikely, yet the potential possibility of such occurrence still can’t be completely ruled out.

      So, if for some reason a supplement of your first choice seem to bring up an allergic reaction, try a different one. 🙂

      Cheers and if you have any more questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.
      Have a Great One, Kenny!
      Matiss

  • Matthew

    November 10, 2018 - 19:23

    I have paid as little as $2 for a tub of Vitamin B12 supplements before and you really do get what you pay for. I strongly advise anyone that is looking to add the B12 to their daily routine to pay the extra and get a quality supplement.

    I have learned so much about various products that contain the vitamin B12 so I will be taking on your advice and paying for quality rather than get them because they are cheap. You might as well not take them at all if you want to buy the cheap and nasty stuff.

    Do you really have to be getting between 500 – 1000 micrograms of B12 daily? I need to up my dose then as at the moment my supplements only contain 350 micrograms per tablet.

    Thanks for everything you have taught me here and I have bookmarked this page for future reference, cheers!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 10, 2018 - 21:52

      Hey, Matthew!

      I couldn’t agree with you more. It really is much better to not go with cheap supplements as many of those contain additives that have the potential to actually worsen your health.
      I feel that the 500 – 1000 micrograms a day is the best approach. However, 350 micrograms certainly does work as well.

      Above all, I’m glad you found the post educational and beneficial. It truly made my day!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Kyle Ann Percival

    November 10, 2018 - 17:30

    Hi Matiss,

    This is an exceptionally detailed post about Vitamin B12 supplements, and the pros and cons of each are so helpful. I have always been a believer in vitamins, but haven’t done my research as diligently as I should. 

    I have been taken in by the mass advertising, and have always depended on a good quality multi-vitamin as the cure all for whatever might be wrong.

    I am anxious to use the information you have provided to determine what supplements my body may actually need, and since I’m now in my 60’s I know my needs are probably different now than they were 20 years ago.

    Thank you for using your site to help so many people.

    Kyle Ann

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 10, 2018 - 18:59

      Hey!

      Your words are too kind, Kyle Ann! 🙂
      I’m really happy you enjoyed the article and that you found it beneficial. Makes the effort of writing 1000% worth it.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • ht

    November 9, 2018 - 18:22

    Oh wow, you are an authority in this field surely. I’m impressed by the level of information you have given us. I was only looking for some recommendations for B12 vitamins and I feel I’ve encountered and will walk away with so much more than just suggestions for which to buy. I have bookmarked your site as the go to place for everything concerning supplements. Thanks Matiss for doing a good job with this website.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 9, 2018 - 23:46

      Hey, ht!

      I’m absolutely ecstatic that you enjoyed the article so much.
      And thank you, the words are too kind. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Lewis George

    November 8, 2018 - 18:42

    Great article on B12. Did not realise just how powerful and perhaps needed the vitamin is, always presumed whats in those daily supplements is enough, clearly not, plus the examples are a good addition to know how much you could take. Really good choice of suppliers too, may have a closer look at them and think about getting a few to test them out. 

    Will be reading your other articles, great work. 

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 8, 2018 - 20:07

      Hey!

      Thank you for the kind words, Lewis, I do appreciate it greatly!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the examples and the article as a whole. 🙂

      Cheers, Lewis, have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Cris

    November 8, 2018 - 15:02

    Wow. This is a very thorough article! I’m definitely a fan of B12 vitamin, and there are some great options in here that I wasn’t previously familiar with. I also didn’t know the difference between all the types of B12 vitamins that you described. Your list is very helpful.

    I’ve never actually heard of iherb before, but after reading this, I plan to return to your site to do some more research of my own. Thank you for sharing all of this information in your guide!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 8, 2018 - 19:54

      Hey!

      I’m absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed the article, Chris! Makes me happy to know that!
      As for the continued research, you are very welcome to do so, my friend!

      Cheers and Have an Awesome Day!
      Matiss

  • Dale

    November 8, 2018 - 06:45

    Not only is this one of the most in depth articles I have ever read about supplements but your website is quickly becoming my go to site for anything supplement related.  As a diabetic I need to be careful in regards to this and anything that I consume for that matter. But your reviews are so thorough that I feel good and confident about my decisions.

    Thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 8, 2018 - 07:23

      Hey!

      It’s really awesome to hear that, Dale!
      All I can say is that I will do my absolute best to always be as thorough and accurate as possible, so your time or anyone’s time for that matter wouldn’t be ever wasted when going through my articles. I really aspire to that.

      Thank you for the kind words!
      Cheers and have a Great One, Dale!
      Matiss

  • Leo

    November 7, 2018 - 20:59

    I’m not a big fan of multivitamins or vitamins in general for that matter. 🙂 I prefer healthy food more and I prefer to take the vitamins and other nutritional components from our daily food. Sure, I understand that not always it’s possible to take all the amount of vitamins we need from food, especially vitamin B in complex, which is so hard to be found. Lately though I have suffered from a severe form of allergy and the doctor told me to take some B-complex multi-vitamin. Thorne Research B-Complex sound like the perfect choice in this case.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 7, 2018 - 21:12

      Hey!

      Leo, I totally understand that. At the same time though I absolutely do believe that proper supplementation is critical, if you want to have that optimal (best kind possible) health. Way too many people undervalue this.

      Yet, don’t get me wrong, I am not of the opinion that supplements can replace proper food. I also do prefer and HEAVILY rely on healthy food and I absolutely do believe that it’s irreplaceable. However, in modern day and age so are also supplements. This is essentially one of the reasons why I started this website in the first place.

      Thus, I’m a huge advocate for eating the right stuff and having extra nutrients on top of that (essentially complimenting the diet) with the right kind of high quality proper supplements that will only boost this experience called life.

      To add to that I’m also a huge advocate for exercising regularly, doing a mindfulness practice regularly and having good night sleep as all of them play huge, huge, huge part in our overall well-being and health!

      I’m glad I had the opportunity to help you with that allergy of yours. I truly hope that it will make things better for you!

      Cheers and have a Great One, Leo!
      Matiss

  • Madeleine

    November 6, 2018 - 19:57

    I have taken B12 on occasion, when suffering from extreme exhaustion. After reading your article, I rushed off to check what kind I have in my cupboard! It turns out I have the ‘methylcobalamin’ form of B12, which is recommended right? Mine is in wafer form, which is supposed to be dissolved on the tongue or under the tongue for absorption. It’s quite expensive and I have rationed it out only for my extremely tired times. Probably explains why I still have some, as I have not used it in a very long time. What do you think about the wafer form? Would you buy them? Mine are by Jamieson. 

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 6, 2018 - 21:00

      Hey!

      Yes, Madeleine, Methylcobalamin is the B12 vitamin form that you want. 🙂

      The B12 by Jamieson is a solid one, you can definitely stick to it, if you choose to. No doubt, you can also jump to any other B12 supplement on this list. In my opinion, it really doesn’t matter that much in which type of form it’s delivered as long as it does not involve harmful additives, be it wafer form or any other.

      So, to answer your question, would I buy it? Probably not as I do believe there are better options for B12 out there, hence this list. But it’s definitely not something I would be an advocate for avoiding, as it does provide solid amounts of B12 without harmless additives in it, Madeleine. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Renton

    November 6, 2018 - 11:17

    Great Post! I have recently adopted a plant based diet (for health reasons) and have come across this problem. Apparently humans get B12 from animals or dairy on most part so it is possible for some vegetarians (the dairy eating type of them) to get it from their food but vegans definitely need this and I suspect that a lot of meat eaters also have trouble absorbing it in any case.

    I like the vegansafe B12 or the Thorne Research one. I think it is important to get the right amount of b12 considering it’s importance to daily and overall function. I believe it is also responsible for nerve maintenance if I am not mistaken and that sounds pretty important right?

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 6, 2018 - 20:50

      Hey!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the article, Renton!

      Well, it definitely should be enough to get by for those vegetarian type of dairy eaters as dairy should be able to provide you with enough B12 to not get sick or encounter B12 deficiency disease at least short-term wise. But to be honest dairy isn’t the most abundant resource of B12 vitamin, so for that, the only two meaningful B12 vitamin sources out there are beef liver and clams.

      Yeah, in this regard I similarly suspect that it’s impossible for vegans to have enough B12 even to just get by. Supposedly though they could get by, with just their diet, if it’s heavily focused on food that is grown on proper and rich soil. Which I would say 99% of the time is not possible. So, the supplementation is crucial not just in terms of not acquiring a deficiency disease, but even more so in terms of speaking about optimal cognitive performance.

      Yes, and as for meat eaters, it totally is the case.

      There are a lot of things B12 is responsible for, it definitely is in part responsible for proper nerve function. Ultimately, in my opinion it’s one of the absolutely most important vitamins to have.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Jimmy

    November 5, 2018 - 19:38

    This is the most comprehensive list for vitamin B12 that I have come across and it was a pleasure reading it, although it took me almost a half hour just to get through it. I also had to read the PDV page, but it was worth it.

    I liked your comment about organic sugar in – No. 12 |  Nature’s Plus Source of Life Garden Organic Vitamin B12  – to me sugar is sugar, organic or not and is a garbage filler providing zero nutrients.

    I liked this one the best because it is the cheapest – No. 13 | Doctor’s Best Fully Active B12 (1500 mcg).

    I did not like the chewable because there is too much sugar in it – No. 16 | Bluebonnet Nutrition EarthSweet Chewables Methylcobalamin.

    I did not like this because of organic raspberry flavoring? – No. 17 | Go Nutrients Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin).

    Lactose is a milk sugar broken down into glucose and galactose – No. 18 | Natural Factors B12 Methylcobalamin

    Good things are your discounts on the iHerbs links and your recommendation on how to take the vitamins which I will start doing.  

    This was a great post about vitamin B12, like a mini book, many references and citations and I thank you for writing it.

    Side note, in your reference # 103 The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes, read this book if you have not, it is excellent. 

    I have not read Dr. Mark Hyman’s book but will find it on Amazon and pick it up. 

    Take care my friend.

    Jimmy.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 5, 2018 - 21:12

      Hey, Jimmy!

      Thank you for being so generous with the kinds words, truly made my day! On top of that I’m really glad you enjoyed the article and thank you for devoting the time to get through it. I appreciate that. 🙂
      100% agree on your comment on sugar, I couldn’t say it any better. 😀

      And, yes, thank you for the sound advice, so far I’ve only read some citations of The Case Against Sugar. I’ve been wanting to read the full book. Will move it up on my priority list.

      Cheers, Jimmy! And have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Suzanne OBrien

    November 5, 2018 - 14:23

    What an informative article on B12! Methylcobalamin​ is the kind I take. I became vegan after studying at Hippocrates Health Institute where I learned that B12 is actually a soil organism. When farmers raised their crops and sold them, we got a lot of our B12 this way, from the soil. Meat eaters think they’re getting enough but the truth is that the B12 in meat is not the most bioavailable and most of us absolutely need to supplement our B12. You can do a spectracell analysis to see, at a cellular level, what you are deficient in. 🙂 Thanks for the fabulous information!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 5, 2018 - 18:42

      Hey, Suzanne!

      Thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate it!

      I didn’t know that about B12. Remarkable. You have my deepest gratitude for sharing the knowledge! <3

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Gustav Pedersen

    November 4, 2018 - 12:18

    Wow I love point four. Supplement manufacturing and the quality should indeed be labeled. Do you know if their are international standards on it? I agree to you in most. Indeed there should be some other supplements this would only increase health benefits. The tests done by Thorne research are highly needed. Each supplement should be tested for any deviations from the supplements main purpose. I am a personal fan of security.

    I will order one of these from Iherb. International shipping. In my country Norway I rarely see supplements of Vitamin B12 anywhere.

    Very interesting!!

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 4, 2018 - 21:07

      Hey, Gustav!

      To my knowledge there are no international standards other than the IFOS, which is specifically designed for Fish Oil. Other than that there are, however, powerful national standards like the NSF, USP, TGA, of course also the cGMP is a standard, I’m very sure that there are others that I’m not aware of or that just do not come to mind right now. There might even be some present in your home country. Ask around locally. 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, makes the effort of writing it totally worth it.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Cathy Cavarzan

    November 4, 2018 - 09:18

    This is going to be one of my go to resources on vitamins, jam packed article on B12s  Doctors Best was of particular attention to me as that is the one I have found that works best for me. That is in terms of overall well being that B12 provides. I never realized till your article that it was an all clean supplement. Greaaat stuff look forward to more vitamin resource articles, I hope you write more. 🙂

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 4, 2018 - 18:34

      Hey, Cathy!

      I’m very glad to hear that! Totally made my day! 🙂
      I’m also extremely glad you’ve found something that works marvelously for you!

      Cheers and if you ever need anything, just let know!
      Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Jennifer David

    November 3, 2018 - 21:42

    Hi and thank you,

    for this in-depth article about B12 supplements. I like the point that you made about what it should look like. To be honest I had not given that much thought until now.

    I am so glad that you broke it down so that I could really understand what I would be purchasing and what to look for when buying.

    I will be sharing this article because I think that you have started is a really good thing here by building awareness and I thank you for that.

    Many thanks!

    Jennifer

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 3, 2018 - 21:59

      Hey, Jennifer!

      you are welcome and thank you for the kind words. I truly strove to make this really beneficial and educational for anyone, who takes the time to read it.
      I really hope to be able to rise the awareness and help people to choose quality supplements over their lesser counterparts.

      Cheers and have a Great One, Jennifer!
      Matiss

  • Holly Brace

    November 3, 2018 - 07:09

    Thank you! 

    I am a vegan so finding good quality B12 supplements is sometimes such a slog. B12 definitely helps with my mental clarity, energy levels, and overall feeling of wellness. I do prefer the drops, but I am now open to trying the sprays thanks to your recommendations. Never liked taking tablets though, even if they are good for you! 

    A very interesting read. 

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 3, 2018 - 18:40

      Hey, Holly!

      Yes, I completely agree that finding proper B12 supplements for vegans can be very tiresome.
      And I totally get that in regards to your preference of the supplement forms. And that is totally fine. 🙂 Keep sticking to the form you enjoy most, there are no obligations to switch to the ones you do not prefer, there are plenty of solid ones to choose from.

      Lastly, I’m truly glad you enjoyed the article.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • LearnToEarn Admin

    November 2, 2018 - 18:44

    This is an amazing rendition of Vitamin B12 Supplements and I commend you for the extensive research you’ve done.

    However, is it possible to have this kind of research for Vitamin B12 found in foods as a comparison in your review?

    I ask this because many times we have all the vitamins we need in the foods we eat and in the natural plants around us.  I understand fully that your site is dedicated to the Supplemental Alliance and that would be your main focus, but perhaps a comparison would be beneficial to see the two options.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Edu

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 2, 2018 - 19:00

      Hey, LearnToEarn Admin!

      Such a brilliant question! 🙂 And I totally get that, there’s much controversy around supplements and the need for them in general.
      And I was completely aware of it before I started this website.

      Supplement Alliance is not about pitching you supplements as the best option to improve health, as a fast fix if you will.
      Supplements do not work that way. Essentially you should see them as stuff that compliments your health, in fact without the other factors of great health it won’t happen.

      Sure supplements can have some incremental benefits nonetheless but that is not the point.
      Supplement Alliance is to expose and provide guidance in this area, so that you would be confident in your choices. Cause there are supplements that won’t provide benefit and a lot of times will even in truth worsen your health.

      If you believe that only food is absolutely enough to provide you with all the nutrients you need to be as healthy and mentally focused, sharp and aware as you can possibly be, then great. (Supplements aren’t for you.)

      But I do not believe that. And there are many, many doctors, experts, scientists, and health enthusiasts, and researches, and science papers, and studies, who/which do not believe it either. And a whole science and a branch of medicine called Functional medicine, do not believe it either.

      I am not here to convince anyone that my approach and what I believe in is the right one. I’m here to help and guide people that believe what I believe in, as well as for everyone else, who are open minded about learning and improving one’s health.

      In this sense there is no Supplemental Alliance. As implied already I am not here to promote that supplements is that magical ingredient that everyone has been missing and that will give the best health possible automatically and without effort.

      Awesome health is an entirety of many factors, proper nutrition just being one of them.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Linda

    November 2, 2018 - 06:37

    So good, soo good….

    Today I was speaking to my mother about slow intestines (like they say about mine) and she told me I might need this. This was what I really needed information about. I am really young and need to start taking care of my body; seriously.

    I think we forget at times about things like aging etc and we let go as if we will never have issues… you know?

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 2, 2018 - 22:57

      Hey, Linda!

      From what I know, I believe there is no correlation between B12 vitamin and improving gut health. The vitamin is highly reliant on the health of your gut, which, if is not taken care of properly, may result in poor absorption of the vitamin. And that may lead to malabsorption of the vitamin, which can lead to a deficiency and many types of seriously unpleasant conditions.

      Nonetheless, B12 is not limited to any type of people. Literally everyone can benefit from it.

      I can totally agree that many young and also not so young people do not care for their health enough consuming junk food like crazy and literally lacking any sorts of healthy habits.

      All in all though, there are a lot of misconceptions about aging being responsible for many chronic diseases, however, that is not true at all. While aging itself is a natural process (everything ages), any kinds of negative health effects associated with it can be completely avoided, if habits essential for our health are practiced regularly.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Huy

    November 1, 2018 - 13:12

    Thank you for this great article, I really didn’t realize that there were so many great options for vitamin B12. I have never really looked into getting vitamins on the internet and have always just went to my local drugstore and purchased them there. I will have to bookmark this for future reference thanks again.

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 2, 2018 - 01:20

      Hey, Huy!

      I’m glad I was able to be of help. And makes me happy you found the article educational.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Tim Bennett

    November 1, 2018 - 06:07

    WOW your post is a massive treasure trove of information.

    I have never been a big user of vitamins of any kind. As I get older though I am more inclined to consider taking to give me that extra zing in life!

    I will take the time to go back through your post again and have a long read and educate myself.

    I love that you have included both resources and points of sale for us, so that we can verify your info and once we decide to buy, take action.

    I am curious, what inspired you to write about vitamins? Were you on a personal mission or is this your career?

    Tim

    • @MatissDzelve

      November 1, 2018 - 06:16

      Hey, Tim!

      I can’t express how much I appreciate your kind words! I’m truly glad that I was able to have that impact!

      My own story did inspire me as I do feel that proper vitamins were the turning point for my better health when I was struggling so much. But most importantly my inspiration comes from other people’s stories that have been able to cure themselves from impossible and deemed as untreatable conditions with the help of proper vitamins and food. Of course also other aspects of health must be taken into account, and so I truly aspire to everything of that.

      I am on a personal mission that I do feel I will continue for as long as I live. It would definitely help to make it as a career when it will be possible, so that I could provide even more information and put out articles at a higher rate. I would truly love that.
      But either way, I will always provide as thorough, accurate and truthful information as I possibly can to the best of my ability.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • glenda

    October 31, 2018 - 07:27

    Hi,

    Thanks for this all-out and In-depth guide article on Vitamin B12. I found this one full of incredible information on the vitamin, and that how important as vitamins they are for our body as well as providing us the list of the Best Vitamin B12 Supplements. After going through your article, I have learned so much new stuff about these supplements – how they differ from each other and that what kind of supplements my body will greatly benefit from. And also you certainly have helped me in deciding what supplement to buy. I really appreciate that all-out effort.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 31, 2018 - 20:04

      Hi, Glenda!

      I’m really glad the article was of great help.
      And you have my gratitude for appreciating the effort it took!

      Cheers and have a Great One!

  • SamBosman

    October 30, 2018 - 15:38

    AN EXTENSIVE amount of knowledge in your article, Matiss. Congrats on that. 

    The article was actually worth the read. The way you broke it down was also appealing to read through to the very end. And I feel live you’ve covered the B12 very, very thoroughly. Each and every stone is turned. And I’d love to ask a question as I almost always do, but don’t have one. Hands down – great and very extensive article. 

    Also the layout is beautiful. And it actually has inspired me to make some changes in my own articles. 

    Keep up the good work, Matiss.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 31, 2018 - 19:59

      Hey, Sam!

      There are no words in English that would help me to get across how much I appreciate your kind words. <3
      It absolutely makes my day knowing that the article was worth the read as it's not quite the shortest of articles out there. 🙂
      I'm really, really glad I was able to be of help.

      Cheers, Sam! And have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Joo

    October 30, 2018 - 06:32

    Wow you have given such a comprehensive list. I have read that B12 is very important, but I just have not gotten round to looking for a supplement for my family. Your guide came at the right time, and is the amount of detail that I like. And look at all your citations, I’m super impressed. 

    I trust your research, I’ll be checking out the number 1 on your list. Thanks so much for this!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 30, 2018 - 19:24

      Hey, Joo!

      I’m really glad that the article found yourself to you very timely. Glad I was able to please with the detail and everything. 🙂
      Thank you for the kind words, I truly do appreciate it immensely!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Norman

    October 29, 2018 - 20:29

    I have had issues with vitamin B12 in what is over the past few years, I’ve had a chronic deficiency and have had to go in for regular B12 shots at the doctor’s. We top up, check the levels and then I go for several months to half a year without any shots. Then we check and start the process all over again. Do you think in my case, the oral supplements would be effective? I’m particularly interested in the Thorne Research supplement. 

    Thanks in advance, and thanks for sharing!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 29, 2018 - 23:27

      Hey, Norman!

      Thank you for sharing that, I truly appreciate it! Yes, shots are often times the number choice in cases of deficiency. Mostly because they bypass gut, and one’s actual gut health does not matter in acquiring the vitamin.

      For the oral supplements in regards to the B12, the gut health as I already pointed out in the article is extremely important. So, the essential that needs to be addressed is whether your gut health is on top of it’s game or not. Chances are that it’s not, if you’ve been diagnosed B12 deficient. However, pretty much just as likely is the fact that you’re simply eating way too little amounts of animal kingdom’s products, so the body is not able to get even the minimal amounts needed for not developing a disease.

      If the case is that you simply don’t have enough in your daily diet, using an oral supplement will definitely help a lot and get you off those shots. However, if your gut health is severely impaired, the best approach would be to first improve your gut’s health with to the very least proper food and a probiotic supplement. And only then you could actually benefit from oral supplements and get off the shots.

      However, do keep in mind that in the case of the inflamed gut health, the problem is much deeper as you could be slowly developing deficiencies also in regards to other nutrients. In this regard, I would strongly advise to seek a doctor of functional medicine that can help you sort this out.

      Cheers, Stay Healthy and Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Julienne Murekatete

    October 29, 2018 - 13:13

    Thank you for such a long but educative post about the best vitamins B12 supplements. I am completely certain that our bodies needs vitamins, minerals and all the other good stuff to stay strong and healthy. 

    I have to admit that I didn’t know much about B12 vitamins before, but with this post I feel like I could actually give a lecture on them. A very educational post, indeed. 

    All in all B12 is something that I’m going to add to my daily vitamins as I have been taking vitamins in general, but haven’t been aware of the B12. 

    Can kids take vitamins B12?

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 29, 2018 - 19:07

      Hey, there, Julienne!

      You are welcome, it was my absolute pleasure to put it all together for all of you guys. I can only concur to the importance of supplements.
      And you have my utmost gratitude for the kind words, the words are too kind. <3

      Kids can definitely take B12, it will only be beneficial. As to the amounts, obviously they don't need as much as adults, so it would essentially be best to either give them like one capsule every week of a supplement that provides 500 mg of B12.
      But do take in mind this is largely a speculation of mine, I haven't yet found the time to actually research how the necessary amounts of vitamins differ for kids (cause they definitely do differ). I will do that in future, so be sure to check back, if that is a topic that interests you.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Tarun Denniz

    October 28, 2018 - 19:21

    Wow! As a father of two small children, this is really helpful. I was aware of the benefits of the common vitamins like B, C & D but not of B12. I like how you divided the whole topic into chapters and I didnt have to read the ones that werent applicable to me.

    I also want to say thanks for doing a vegetarian sections as I have recently become a vegetarian and this saves me time and money from buying man-made products.

    I live in Dubai and some of the brands I havent heard off. I will have to speak to my pharmacologist about them.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 28, 2018 - 20:00

      Hey, Tarun!

      I’m glad you found the division in appropriate chapters helpful. 🙂
      I’m really glad I could help. And definitely do!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Bex

    October 28, 2018 - 06:56

    I have gained a thorough understanding of B12 supplements of which I had barely any good knowledge of before. I’m so glad that I had the good fortune to read your very clear and well delineated post.  

    I have to say that I had not ever before considered the impact that the process of manufacturing would have on an ingestible substance and now feel like I am more of a discerning consumer because you have shed light on the importance of it.  Is manufacturing regulated at all?  

    I appreciate the time and effort that you put forth in empowering a consumer with this knowledge. Thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 28, 2018 - 20:04

      Hey, Bex!

      Yes, I can only reiterate as the manufacturing processes are extremely important. These processes in regards to supplements have a in a sense an unwritten regulation in the industry by the best brands out there. If I’m not mistaken, as for actual laws on this there essentially aren’t any as supplements are considered as food both in U.S. and in Europe.
      However, many brands see it as their utmost priority to get certified and to essentially prove that they are as tested and as safe without contaminants and accurate as regards to the labels as the medicine is. Even exceeding the standards set for medicine.

      Thank you for the kind words. For me it’s really important to provide as accurate and truthful information as I possibly can. It’s a mission of mine!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Scott Penton

    October 27, 2018 - 16:42

    Very informative. Thank you very much for sharing. An extremely long post, but definitely worth the read, especially if you are concerned about your health.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 27, 2018 - 17:11

      Hey, Scott!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article and that you found it worth the effort of reading. 🙂

      Cheers and Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Liz

    October 27, 2018 - 01:00

    Wow! What an extensive detailed article about B12! I learned a lot from this article and I will be coming back to your site for my next purchase of B12.
    It is a supplement that people seem to know on one level they need, but for the most part probably don’t purchase and instead buy a B complex supplement which I imagine does not have enough B12 in it. I do feel that it is important to experiment with different brands of supplements because our bodies may not agree with it over another brand. Everyone’s body is different and we all metabolise ingredients differently. There are some brands I just know that my body does not want, despite knowing I would benefit from the actual vitamin. So, it is great that you provided a big list of options here. Thanks for your research!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 27, 2018 - 05:23

      Hey, Liz!

      I completely and totally agree with you as for our bodies all being different. I couldn’t agree with you more on that point.
      As for the various brands, I have not observed this as regards to myself, but I imagine it could be somewhat true, probably mostly because of some manufacturing practices employed in making of the supplement.
      Or if your not taking into account additives, that also would explain everything, in that case I would completely agree.

      And, yes, vitamin B complexes usually contain around 100-200 mcg of vitamin B12, which is still better than none, but way less than that preferred 1000 mcg. Mcg stands for micro-grams.

      Above all, Liz, thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate it!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Michel

    October 26, 2018 - 07:22

    What a detailed post. This must have taken absolutely ages to put together. Well done, Matiss! 

    With so many supplements on the shelves today it is quite overwhelming to choose which are the best ones to take.   It is scary to think that the manufacturing process can create undesirables that can be taxing on your body long term.

    I live in South Africa so I have never heard of the brands that you talk about, but I like the look of the Thorne Research B Complex. I never realized that one needs so much B12 in your diet, so vegans must battle with this most of time, but this one seems to give you all the Bs with an extra dose of B12. 

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 26, 2018 - 19:04

      Hey, Michel!

      Thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate it!
      I’m glad that you learned something new and that the article was of great help to you!
      And, yes, I do feel that B12 supplements are extremely important for vegans. Insanely important.

      Cheers and have a Great One!

  • Jason A Wierman

    October 25, 2018 - 23:41

    I don’t think I’ve seen such a well versed and put together article. I’ve recently started looking into supplements and this is definitley going into the bookmarks. I feel like this is the one stop shop for everything vitamin b12 in 2018. Thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 26, 2018 - 19:00

      Hey, Jason!

      I truly appreciate the kind words. 🙂
      And I’m glad this was of great value to you. Makes the effort of writing the article totally worth it.

      Cheers And Have A Great One, Jason!
      Matiss

  • Russell

    October 25, 2018 - 14:11

    I came here in hope of learning more info on b12 as one of my closest friends claims this is something I need to start taking. I definitely came to the right place because you have laid out every detail I could ever need on the topic. You also have quite a few awesome recommendations. I will surely be giving one a try once I find out what the right fit for me is.

    Russell

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 25, 2018 - 19:36

      Hey, Russell!

      I’m truly glad that you found the article insightful and resourceful.
      If at any point you find yourself lost or needing some additional help, just let me know, I’ll be more than happy to help you out.

      Cheers and Have a Great One, Russell!
      Matiss

  • ElizabethCa1

    October 25, 2018 - 07:30

    Hello Matiss! This article was put together extremely well. One I started reading I could not stop. I always review supplements before I take them and had found and actually purchased Natures Plus before. I was excited to find one of the brands I have used before was on your list! There is another one called Natures Bounty, have you heard of that one? Thoughts on it? I will definitely be returning to your site for advise on supplements in the future. Thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 25, 2018 - 19:31

      Hey, Elizabeth!

      I’m ecstatic that the article had that effect on you! Totally made my day!

      Nature’s Bounty B-12 is something that I remember reviewing during the research process. The problem I found with it was that it contained the vitamin B12 form of Cyanocobalamin. Although this form is still much better to use than no B12 supplement at all, I did found that Methylcobalamin is the superior form, so one should rather go with that.
      From an additive standpoint the Nature’s Bounty B-12 should not be harmful, so all in all it’s also completely fine to opt for that one, if you choose so or have so in the past.

      Cheers, See You Around and Have a Great One, Elizabeth!
      Matiss

  • Andrea Kaufman

    October 24, 2018 - 14:52

    Whoa, what an article! A lot of research for this article for sure, and I can tell you look at things from the homeopathic/alternative medicine point of view. It wouldn’t make sense to me to take supplements for better health and be the biggest junk food eater or not eat any fruits and veggies at all. My husband is almost like that, he takes a handful of supplements but then on some days I pull my hair out when I see what he eats. When I mention it to him, he just brushes it off, so I quit saying anything to him.
    I just flew over the first half of the article because all the detailed nutrional/chemical information was a bit too confusing for me. I concentrated on the last half with the review of the different brands of B12 supplements available. I am glad that Bluebonnet is on the top list because I used to buy this brand in my health food store. That’s were I usually buy my vitamins because I trust their quality. I don’t trust the brands that Walmart sells …. After this article, I definitely have to start taking B12 again!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 24, 2018 - 21:04

      Hey, Andrea!

      Yes, I’m a huge believer in functional medicine, ketosis and micro-biome. That is also why the ideas I share are mostly grounded in those.

      And I can totally relate to you. I also have relatives that are essentially impossible to revert to better food choices. You can show them the studies, books, science papers, whatever, they just stick with their old food habits and don’t give a damn.
      Essentially, I do believe that it’s necessary to help people so to say be exposed to the information they need to know, but after that it’s totally up for them, if they choose to implement it in their own lives or not. One can’t change anyone else, if that one him/her-self don’t want to change. 🙂

      I’m glad you stuck to the part of the information that wasn’t confusing for you. I tried to be as thorough as possible in this article on the best vitamin B12 supplements, so there was no way of around the detailed nutritional/chemical information.
      But in that you are always welcome to ask questions or let me know what needs to be further clarified. I’d be happy to help and remember that there are no stupid/dumb questions. So, whichever question interests you, you are welcome to ask, I’ll be happy to help. 🙂

      And thank you, I appreciate the kind words, it truly took a lot of research!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Jasmin Thompson

    October 24, 2018 - 03:25

    Awesome information. Its a wealth of knowledge flowing here. I have written down my choice of Vitamin B12. So glad you have shared this. Thank you.
    Jasmin

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 24, 2018 - 18:52

      Hey, Jasmin!

      I’m truly happy you found this article beneficial.
      Thank you for the kind words!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • FelixC

    October 23, 2018 - 15:32

    Wow, it is a really super detailed article what you wrote and I found it very useful. Thank you, Matiss.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 23, 2018 - 20:04

      Hey, Felix!

      You’re welcome and no problem. I truly enjoyed putting it all together for you guys.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Adrian

    October 23, 2018 - 10:56

    Hey, Matiss, it’s such a long one you managed to put together. My sister-in-law is vitamin B12 deficient so I found the whole article interesting and very informative.
    I have passed on your site details to her.

    Rgds
    Ade

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 23, 2018 - 20:01

      Hey, Adrian!

      I hope that it didn’t feel as long as it actually was due to being interesting.
      I’m glad you found it informative and I hope that your sister-in-law will too.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Kelly

    October 22, 2018 - 18:43

    Wow! This is really very extremely informative, Matiss! I really enjoyed reading about it. I just think that’s wild the difference between what keeps you from getting diseases and what actually helps to keep you at your peak performance! Thank you for all of this information! I need to up my intake and I had no idea! Thank you for this!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 23, 2018 - 18:38

      Hey, Kelly!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the information shared. Makes me truly happy that I managed to contribute with the making of this article!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Stefan

    October 22, 2018 - 12:23

    Hi! First of all, I would like to congratulate you for such an excellent article.
    I used to take supplements in the past, more specifically, Vitamin C, D, K2 and Krill Oil. However, I started researching online and discovered all the research don’t guarantee that the supplement will be beneficial. Some studies even suggest a negative effect on supplementation. My father used to take many types of “natural” supplements and have recently diagnosed with Thyroid, so the doctor said that might be the result of improper supplementation. What is your opinion about that? Do you think people (without serious deficiency) should take supplements like the B12 or just focus on a healthy diet?
    Thanks for your help!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 23, 2018 - 21:01

      Hey, Stefan!

      I’m absolutely thrilled about the questions you asked.

      There are a lot of studies out there that suggest that supplementation is completely unnecessary and can be in fact dangerous. And there are even more articles in the media that employ these kinds of studies and try to create a sensation and a big deal around it to attract readers.

      However. What they don’t tell you is that there are also studies that actually prove profoundly that supplements not only improve, but are also absolutely crucial for great health.

      There is a common trend in all of these studies that fully explain, why the huge difference is there. It’s way too much to cover in a single comment, however, I have done an article on this in the past, if you’re interested you can check it out here.

      So, to answer your question, yes, I’m absolutely certain that supplementation is crucial, if you want your body and your mind to be able to work at their most capacity. Surely, nutrition isn’t everything, eating the right foods, regularly exercising, have good sleep and practicing mindfulness are all aspects of health that play a huge role in our well-being.

      As for the vitamin B12 in our diets, there are only two potent sources of it – clams and liver. And many people don’t eat those. And even if you would, you would have to eat lots of both every day to acquire the amounts that you need for optimal health. Therefore, I fairly confident that vitamin B12 supplement is an essential part of your well-being.

      There is no doubt that supplementation can backfire, if one uses it recklessly. I’m not implying that your father did. But in general the very thing that makes you healthier can also make you incredibly sick, if you abuse it.

      As for the Thyroid it’s extremely unfortunate, however, I do believe it’s reversible. So, seek out specialist in functional medicine to help your father with that.
      But either way as I mentioned earlier health is an entirely of many factors. Whenever, they’re out of balance is usually when the bad health outcomes happen. So, surely one can blame it on supplementation entirely, but in reality it’s more often than not a combination of things, in which as in this case supplementation could or could not have played a role.

      Cheers and stay healthy!
      Have a Great One, Stefan!
      Matiss

  • suzanne

    October 22, 2018 - 01:08

    Hi Matiss,
    Wow. Wonderful information here. Thanks for all your research!
    Personally, I have to be careful of the supplements I take due to the fact that it can’t contain any estrogen, whether animal or plant form. So reading labels is important to me. I didn’t see anything like that here, but sometimes the “healthy” plants or herbs added contain estrogen.
    I have a friend who started taking a supplement to improve her overall health and even though she’s been post-menopausal for 10 years, she started menstruating after only 5 days. She found out one of the plant additives contained estrogen.
    So I appreciate your research here. It really helps people like me.
    Cheers,
    Suzanne

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 22, 2018 - 21:40

      Hey, Suzanne!

      If I’m not mistaken, quite many plants contain some amounts of estrogen. So, if estrogen is something you’re avoiding, just as a precaution don’t go for B12 supplements that have additional beneficial substances to them.
      Go for the “clean” ones (ones that provide only B12). But probably still safest to go with the Thorne Research Methylcobalamin. 🙂

      As for your friend that’s really unfortunate. I had no idea there were people who are so sensitive to the estrogen.

      I’m glad you liked the article!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Lance

    October 21, 2018 - 21:06

    I’ve recently started supplementing B12. Amazingly detailed article here with all the information I could ever need! Thanks for taking the time to write such a article!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 22, 2018 - 20:16

      Hey, Lance!

      I’m truly glad you enjoyed the article.
      I had fun putting it together for all of you guys!

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Mariette Chapman

    October 21, 2018 - 08:22

    Hi Matiss, this is such an excellent article! So much research and detail in it. One does not realize how important it is to choose the right supplements, as there are so many on the market, and some are really superior. Thanks for sharing this great information.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 21, 2018 - 20:08

      Hey, Mariette!

      I’m glad you liked it and that you found it awesome! 🙂
      There truly are so many options out there! I’ll always try to provide a map in those that jungle, it that make sense. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!

  • Jason

    October 21, 2018 - 06:14

    Hello,

    Great article about Vitamin B12 supplements. This is very thorough and I like how you explained the type of vitamin B12. I just have one question, is overdose a possibility to this vitamin? I’m quite worried about drinking vitamins not since, I saw cases of a Vitamin A overdose. It is not really good as it did a considerable liver damage.

    I really like to try out vitamin B12 though, I know it helps in anemic patients. I would like to try it out soon.

    Thank you, a really comprehensive article you have made here

    Jason

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 21, 2018 - 20:04

      Hey, Jason!

      Thank you for the kind words, I sincerely appreciate it!

      As for the overdose – I’ve heard of studies that it actually is possible. But as far as I know that only concerns B12 through injections – no such thing for the tablet, capsule, pill forms.
      Nonetheless, I believe that 5000 mcg is the absolute maximum you should ever be taking daily. But I would highly advise to be it even less than that. Essentially any option I have here on the list is completely safe to take daily – I’m very confident that one won’t be able to overdose like this.

      I totally get you, Jason, I’ve also seen severe vitamin A overdose cases. Yes, liver damage is what vitamin A does, if overdosed.
      But there is a crucial difference, why it’s much more easier to overdose vitamins like the vitamin A.

      You see, all vitamins divide up into two groups. There are water soluble vitamins, which are all the B vitamins and vitamin C. And then there are fat soluble vitamins, like the vitamin A, D, E, K. And in that both of those groups have very different mechanisms how they can combat excessive amount of those particular vitamins.

      As for water soluble ones, it’s no problem – they just get excreted through urine. As for fat soluble vitamins, it’s not that simple. Essentially, the body has very limited abilities when it comes to excreting excessive amount of those.

      Therefore, it’s much, much easier to overdose on fat soluble vitamins than on water soluble ones.

      If you’re still not sure, just try going with something that doesn’t offer 1000 mcg of B12, but instead 500 mcg. Something like, for example, the MegaFood Methyl B12. Try it out, and then just go from there.

      I hope this helps!

      Have a Great One, Jason!
      Matiss

  • Kevin

    October 21, 2018 - 02:15

    This was an amazingly thorough article covering all aspects of Vitamin B12. I can truly say that I learned something about the supplement today. I was surprised to learn that the typical recommended daily amount is really only a tiny amount compared to what could be truly beneficial to the body.

    Great research all around. I literally have no questions as you’ve answered them all as I read through the article, haha. Are you studying Vitaminolgy in school? If not, you should be. 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

    Best Regards,

    Kevin

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 21, 2018 - 19:48

      Hey, Kevin!

      Thank you for the kind words, man! I’m glad that it was helpful to you and provided new knowledge.
      I really try to be as accurate as humanly possible in my research. 🙂

      Haha, to answer the question – no, I’m not. I’ll consider! 😀

      Cheers and have a Great One, Kevin!
      Matiss

  • Owain

    October 20, 2018 - 01:52

    A very detailed and informative guide Matiss. Well done.

    I was particularly interesting in learning about the B12 supplement, so the intro was very helpful for me to learn more. I want to live a more healthy life and so want to learn what I can about supplements, so I will be checking out more of your site.

    It didn’t occur to me that the amount of B12 taken also is important as to avoid contracting diseases. Also, the manufacturing of the supplements is important as well.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 20, 2018 - 20:14

      Hey, Owain!

      Thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate it!
      I’m also very glad that you found the article helpful and educative.

      And if at any point while your surfing the site a question pops or you don’t completely understand or grasp an idea presented, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.
      For me, there are no stupid questions, so feel free to ask me that what is truly on your mind and what interests you. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Jonathan

    October 20, 2018 - 01:20

    I am impressed by your thoroughness of your research. I must have taken a while to compose all of this information in one place in the accuracy you did. I’m not that familiar in the Vitamin World but I do interest myself in nutrition and fitness and I understand the importance of quality foods. We always need people who take the time to do the research and have an independent opinion about products, that’s why I do appreciate this article. Especially the fact that you mention all of your sources which make this very reliable. In case I will be in search of supplements I will most definitely inform your page for some info. Thanks for sharing!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 21, 2018 - 19:43

      Hey, Jonathan!

      I’m happy to hear that! It really did take a while to put it all together, but that was totally worth the effort. 🙂
      I truly try to be as accurate as I could possibly be – accurate to the best of my ability. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Allie

    October 19, 2018 - 22:12

    Hi Matiss,
    This is an amazing article – seriously so thorough, well researched and well put together that is very easy to follow. I like that you can have a post that has lots of detail for people who want to know the science behind it and also clear recommendations for people who want a quick solution!
    We use Thorne Research Methylcobalamin for our B12 supplements. I think Thorne is a great brand and we use them for all sorts of other supplements as well. IHerb is great for us as we live in Hong Kong and they ship there for free.
    Will definitely be coming back to your site for more supplement advice – do you have any specific articles you can point me to for children’s supplements?
    Thanks Allie

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 20, 2018 - 19:55

      Hey, Allie!

      Thank you for the kind words, I truly sincerely appreciate it! Totally made my day!
      Me and my wife – we too are sittin’ on Thorne Research. And I couldn’t agree with you more.

      At the moment there isn’t really any articles on supplements for children here at The Supplement Alliance. But I will definitely get into that pretty soon as my daughter is rapidly approaching the point when my wife will stop breast feeding her altogether. This will take quite a bit of research and learning before I’ll be able to write on that effectively. But the articles will come.

      As for now, the one thing I am completely sure of and the thing I would totally recommend would be to not give them gummy vitamins. They’re usually full of sugar and all kinds of other additives that will do a complete disservice for the child’s health.

      Stay Tuned and Stay Healthy!
      Cheers and Have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Andrew

    October 19, 2018 - 19:14

    Hey man – my wife gave birth in August and has been dealing with a little postpartum depression. We spoke with the doctor about this in our follow-up appointment and he had recommended that we find a good B-vitamin. So I went to work researching and realized that there is quite a bit of variation into terms of quality. This post was especially helpful in providing me with the guidance I needed to make an informed purchase! I feel confident about Garden of Life! Thanks

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 20, 2018 - 19:46

      Hey, Andrew!

      I’m totally stocked that this article was of great help to you!
      There truly is a lot out there to choose from. And in that regard, if you ever need any assistance, just let me know, I’ll be more than happy to help you out!

      Cheers and Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Koby K McQueen

    October 18, 2018 - 18:38

    Holy crap, that was incredible. Didnt think it was much of task before to pick a B-12 vitamin. My family has hereditary thyroid problems, B-12 shots and supplements are a must. Thanks for the info. I’ll pass this link along to my mom.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 19, 2018 - 02:36

      Hey, Koby!

      I’m glad that the article was of great value to you. Truly makes me happy that I was able to contribute and help.
      Definitely, I truly appreciate the spreading of knowledge!

      Cheers and have a Great One, Koby!
      Matiss

  • Jacob Highley

    October 18, 2018 - 01:55

    Wow, I had no idea that B12 supplements were so varied and applicable to so many needs! I’ve personally felt like my gut could use some work, but I’ve rarely achieved great results getting back to a slimmer size in most cases. You are absolutely right about staying away from junk foods, bad oils and high fructose corn syrup! They really do make you bigger and less healthy.

    Thanks so much for the in-depth article!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 19, 2018 - 02:33

      Hey, Jacob!

      You are truly welcome! Glad that it helped you!
      Yes, those two substances are the ones that absolutely everyone should avoid in their diet. In fact, if nothing else you take from this website, just quiting to use hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup will dramatically or in other words very, very noticeably improve your health. Thus, for the sake of health of all of you guys, I hope you make that change.

      Cheers and Have A Great One, Jacob!
      Matiss

  • Mike Beatty

    October 17, 2018 - 22:31

    Hey Matiss,

    Thanks so much for this I love it!! My wife and I started a whole food plant-based diet last year after watching a couple of documentaries and reading the china study.

    It’s pretty frightening how much research is out there about food and how little people know about it (I’m not sure if you have researched much into it?)

    We take supplements (I heard someone calling it complementing your diet, rather than supplementing, which I quite liked!) but I had NO idea there were so many and how different they can be!!

    We actually currently have some fizz sticks from Arbonne that you just add water to and drink and they taste pretty nice (they do have some added sweeteners in though, which we aren’t a fan of, but they do taste good and adds some B12 in!)

    Thanks so much for being so thorough and sharing your knowledge! We will get onto the thorne research for sure!!

    Mike

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 18, 2018 - 20:14

      Hey, Mike!

      I can’t immediately recall what the China study was about, but it sounds so familiar, I must have either read it or read a review about it.
      I wouldn’t say I’m the research Guru of all that there is about food, but a good deal have come my way, nonetheless. And it truly is frightening.

      I definitely agree, I’ve also heard this term of complimenting, which in my opinion reflects best what is actually happening and why the supplements are so crucial.

      It’s been my pleasure to make this information more available and accessible to all of you guys, makes me truly happy that you find it resourceful!

      Cheers and Stay Healthy, Mike!
      Best Regards and Have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Kahlua Gordin

    October 17, 2018 - 20:11

    I love how knowledgeable you are on vitamin B12!

    I personally use a B12 complex (that you have not listed) and I really enjoy the effects it has on me. I always feel a lot better about myself when I have it. I do not take it every day and tend to rely on the complex more when I am having a bad day – or feeling extra moody.

    I am running out and need to find another B12 complex and I thank you for your description of some good ones!
    Cheers,
    Kahlua

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 18, 2018 - 20:02

      Hey, Kahlua!

      I appreciate the kind words! I really strove to be resourceful. 🙂
      And yes, I totally agree – B12 is marvelous thing!

      Best Regards and Have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Carol

    October 16, 2018 - 22:22

    Hi Matiss, what a great informative article about B-12. I learned a lot from it. I never knew which one to use as they are so many but you explained them so well! Thank you for sharing!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 17, 2018 - 20:13

      Hey, Carol!

      Thank you for the kind words, means a lot to me.
      I’m truly glad that it was very informative and beneficial for you. Totally makes the effort of writing the article worth it. 🙂

      Have A Day, Carol!
      Matiss

  • Nate

    October 16, 2018 - 16:30

    Hi,

    Really interesting article, I know the benefits B12 brings in terms of aiding testosterone production. What I didn’t realise is that there are so many types and elements to consider in terms of the quality of the supplements, do you know if taking B12 in conjunction with Vitamin D & K2 has any negative health effects?

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 16, 2018 - 21:08

      Hey, Nate!

      No, there definitely aren’t any negative health effects concerning B12 and vitamin D & K2 consumption.
      They’ll only complement each other in terms of health as with all vitamins. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Jay S

    October 16, 2018 - 11:24

    Hey Matiss, thank you so much for this detailed thorough review of Vitamin B12. I Learned so much throughout the article.

    I had no idea that the daily value of vitamin 12 listed on your typical nutrition fact label was to prevent disease and not a recommended maximum. Makes sense in hindsight.

    The reasoning and explanations of why you ranked each supplement in the order that you did is great and really helps with making the best buying decision.

    Will check out a few of your other articles in the coming days and bookmark your site!

    Thanks again!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 16, 2018 - 21:03

      Hey, Jay!

      I’m truly glad that the article was truly beneficial for you! Totally makes the effort of writing the article worth it!
      And thank you for the kind words.
      Above all, I truly appreciate the bookmark, haha, thank you! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Dave

    October 15, 2018 - 22:48

    Wow, this article is awesome. So much information to pour through. Do you recommend Thorne Research Methylcobalamin for a first time user? It was selected as number one on the list and I don’t have the diet restriction of being vegetarian. What are the benefits of B12 vitamins?

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 16, 2018 - 07:22

      Hey, Dave!

      Yes, it will be a great choice for a first time user.

      As for the benefits of B12, there are many. Here’s some – improves sleep, heals depression and improves mood, improves eye health, improves hair, skin and nail health, helps with red blood cell production, supports bone health.
      But above all and most importantly it is one of the few vitamins that ensure methylation, which is extremely crucial for brain performance and cognitive function as well as memory.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Dean Gunter

    October 15, 2018 - 12:16

    Hey, I hope all is well 🙂

    I have a few people that i know that suffer from B-12 deficiency and they go to the doctors for injections, the doctors say that it is the only way they can have it into their system. I have always been sceptical about this because if it I being digested or injected into the arm I really do not see the difference, I do not trust doctors anyway, medication kills us ultimately, it may treat one thing but it also destroys another. The money is not in the cure as they say.

    I will pass on this information and see if it will help, thank you for sharing this post, have a great day and all the success, health and happiness that you desire and deserve. Take care.

    Kind regards.

    Dean.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 15, 2018 - 20:22

      Hey, Dean!

      There is a reason, why they claim that it’s the only way for those people to acquire the B12.

      You see, vitamin B12 absorption is directly affected by your gut health. All vitamins, minerals and other beneficial substances are. However, the absorption of vitamin B12 is way more sensitive in this regard.

      Thus, if you mess up your gut health really bad, your body won’t absorb any or will absorb only insignificant amounts of the vitamin. Then essentially taking the best kinds of vitamin B12 supplements will be completely and utterly useless. It won’t provide any benefit whatsoever.

      Ultimately, there just seems to be no other way, how you can effectively consume the B12 vitamin. So, doctors of traditional medicine (the ones you refer to) will prescribe for you injections and leave you be. Because now they’ve made so that you absorb the B12 vitamin. But the gut health, well they won’t bother with that, because it wasn’t the problem, because you were not absorbing B12, and there were no problems with your gut health. But in truth there were those. This is such a typical scenario. You’ll be surprised how common this is.

      Essentially the approach of traditional medicine is only concerned with curing the symptoms and not actually addressing the root problems. As in this case, they didn’t ask, why the B12 is not absorbing. They only asked, how can I get it to absorb. So, in essence they didn’t address the real problem, but rather put a bandage on it.

      The way of functional medicine is, however, much, much, much different. They are always asking the ‘why’. They never care with just curing the symptoms. And in that they always look for and address the root problem and cause (in this case it would be gut health).

      So, in essence, if you go to a traditional doctor, because you’re not absorbing B12, he will prescribe you injections. But if you would go to a doctor of functional medicine, he would instead prescribe you probiotics (micro-organisms for improving gut health that positively affects your micro-biome and in that also your well-being) and advise you to cut back on processed foods.

      This is also the main reason, why when you go to a traditional doctor with, for example, dementia, he says that it’s incurable and nothing can be done. But when you take the effort to visit a doctor of functional medicine, he somehow miraculously cures it. Only it’s not a miracle.

      With functional medicine people have came back from the absolute worst illnesses, like the already mentioned dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and any other possible disease you can think of. And not only did they come back, they were cured completely. Of course, there are instances where the illness has been left untreated properly for too long and you can’t on all 100% cure a person. And, yes, there are instances when it’s too late altogether.

      To explore another avenue – the conclusion you’ve drawn is not incorrect. I’m talking about the one that “medication kills us ultimately’. But why it’s a correct one? Why that is?
      How I see it, there are two major reasons, why such conclusion can be drawn.

      First, is the obvious one – extremely strong medication. The problem with this is that it usually addresses one problem, but disregards the rest of the organism. So, because of the doses, you might see improvements in regards to the primary problem, but you at the same time you see other systems starting to fail.
      Then there’s also the fact that this kind medication usually employs hard core additives that also take their toll on the whole organism.

      And secondly, is the bandage thing. As I already mentioned, traditional medicine is only concerned with curing the symptoms. Essentially it’s like, if you were to cut your leg really bad or get bitten by a stray animal, you’d just pop a painkiller and it’s all good. No more pain, all good.

      For a while that is. Then you need another dose. And then another, and another. After a while you find yourself living on painkillers.

      And then after a while you seem to have problems walking. So, you go to a doctor. He gives you a physical and concludes that your leg has been starting to rot. And then you’re surprised as to how this happened.

      Similarly it will be with those shots of B12 in regards to the people you know. If nothing is changed that is. Those shots will help them for a while. And then they’ll start having other problems. And all of those will be stemmed from the miserable gut health they probably have. Which ultimately will start to create more and more problems.

      It’s like a never ending loop. The crucial thing to understand is that everything in our bodies works in conjunction. If one system starts to have problems, other systems can suffer because of it and show symptoms.

      However, traditional medicine is not all bad. When it comes to bone fractures, surgeries and all the other stuff that is not directly associated with curing diseases, traditional medicine is the best we have.

      To finish off, if you can, please suggest to the people you know, who are taking B12 shots, to seek a specialist of functional medicine. If they’ll manage to find a professional of that kind skilled enough, I guarantee that he or she will get them off those shots.

      Thank you for the kind words, Dean! I sincerely appreciate you!
      Cheers and have a Great One!

  • Philip

    October 14, 2018 - 13:42

    Hi Matiss,

    I use to take plenty of vitamins in my teenage years and early twenties. I was so healthy I’d even copy Rocky and crack open some eggs and drink a whole pint full raw! I coulda killed myself lol – the young is an amazing thing, I’d do that now and I bet I’d be very very sick. The best Vitamin I ever took was Vitamin B12 .Why? It helps with anxiety. It also helps you not to have nightmares if you take it 20 minutes or 30 minutes before bed time. I guarantee you, you will sleep like a baby. No more sleeping pills – this vitamin will naturally help you sleep very well indeed.

    I am glad there is someone like you Matiss showing others the value of this B12 vitamin. Unfortunately, I got out of the habit of taking it. I need to get some them because they are also very good for something else. Those that undergo counseling, will obviously notice much emotion reactions to the sessions.

    Taking one B12 20 minutes before the session will help with all that and you won’t feel so upset going in or coming out. Also, because sessions kick up emotional residue from the past, the vitamin does ‘something’ so that emotional residue does not impinge on you in the present after counseling.

    The value of this supplement is many fold. ~Philip

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 15, 2018 - 20:42

      Hey, Philip!

      Yeah, I totally agree with you, B12 is truly an amazing vitamin. In my opinion it’s one of the most important vitamins out there and so underrated. At the same time it’s one of the hardest to attain from food.

      There are only two meaningful resources of it – clams and beef liver. If you’re not eating one of those regularly, it’s pretty safe to say that you have way, way less than is needed for optimal (the best kind of) cognitive (brain) performance.
      And even if you are eating those two regularly, it’s still impossible to achieve the amounts that are needed for best brain performance.

      To sum it up – essentially, by not having a proper amount of vitamin B12 one is steeling from his/her own awesomeness!

      Philip, I truly appreciate you sharing your experiences! Thank you!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Stewart Bibby

    October 14, 2018 - 05:02

    Wow, that was a long but really good read.
    I was under the impression that we could easily get B12 in our diet, but I think I should have known that.

    I like the idea of the Thorne Research Methylcobalamin. I am going to try this.

    This is a great post. One of the best I’ve read. You’ve done your homework with passion on this one.

    Great job

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 15, 2018 - 20:32

      Hey, Stewart!

      I’m truly glad to hear that you enjoyed the article!
      And I’m truly grateful for the kind words. I appreciate you, Stewart!

      This is what I’m passionate about, so I truly aspire to provide the information as beneficial and as throughout as I possibly can. 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Joe DiChiara

    October 14, 2018 - 00:02

    Wow I thought vitamin B-12 was Vitamin B-12. I need to go through this a few more times to wrap my head around it all but this is great info. Never took into account things like the manufacturing process or different types of B-12. Thank you so much!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 14, 2018 - 18:32

      Hey, Joe!

      Yeah, it’s definitely a lot to take in. No worries, take as much time as you need.
      Yes, manufacturing process is an extremely important one, because it’s something that does not get printed on the label.
      Cheers, I’m glad it helped you!

      Have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Dave O’Hara

    October 13, 2018 - 11:06

    A truly amazing post. As a few have said already, I didn’t know there was so much in it. I’m a bit of a science geek anyway, but I truly learned as I was reading. The information you impart and your reasoning are first class. I wish you every success.

    Regards, Dave

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 13, 2018 - 20:24

      Hey, Dave!

      Makes me just genuinely happy that you loved the article. And that you found it resourceful. 🙂
      Thank you for all the kind words and well wishes, I sincerely appreciate it! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One, Dave!
      Matiss

  • Andrea

    October 12, 2018 - 23:04

    This is certainly an incredibly comprehensive article about B-12 supplements. I love that you reviewed so many different brands. The B-12 spray from Garden of Life sounds like a product that would be really beneficial for me, but also very natural – which is important to me. Thank you for all of your research.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 13, 2018 - 20:20

      Hey, Andrea!

      Happy to hear you enjoyed the article! Means a lot to me!
      And I’m always happy to give and provide value, so even mention it! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Rob

    October 12, 2018 - 04:12

    I must say that you really did your research on vitamin B12! I have to admit that I’m undecided as to which one I would take. I wasn’t aware that different B12’s offered different benefits. I have one or two picked out that I would try. Honestly, I am taking B12 now because I have neuropathy and many folks may not know that a deficiency in vitamin B12 can cause neuropathy! Which one would you say is most beneficial for neuropathy?

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 12, 2018 - 21:47

      Hey, Rob!

      Yes, I truly wanted the article to be as exhaustive as possible.
      And your honesty, Rob, is sincerely appreciated.

      For neuropathy, well it depends. If you’re looking for just a proper B12 supplement, your best bet would definitely be the Vegansafe B-12. As I already mentioned in the article this supplement offers both bioavailable forms, essentially the best forms of B12 vitamin. On top of that the amounts it has and provides with are pretty relevant to treat a deficiency disease, which neuropathy is.

      And ultimately, when you manage to cure it, even if you wouldn’t be completely aware of it, it will not go to the other extreme of having too much. That’s what the science states.

      On the other hand, if you’re looking more for a supplement that could help combat neuropathy in general, I would go with Thorne Research B-Complex #12.
      This is because the Thorne supplement provides all of the three B vitamins – B1, B6, B12 – that from what I’ve heard are advisable when combating this condition. In theory you could experiment with double dose (2 capsules a day) for short periods of time, but I wouldn’t recommend to get carried away and go overboard with this approach.

      Note that I previously didn’t say ‘if’, I said ‘when’. This is because I strongly believe that with the right nutrition and approach you can get rid of neuropathy in no time. People have came back from much, much worse conditions than this one. All that it truly requires is a proper diet, proper nutrition (supplements), proper sleep, meditation (mindfulness), daily exercise and a belief. Sometimes practicing only the first two (proper food and nutrition) will be enough, other times all of them will be needed.
      In this regard I would highly recommend to seek out highly educated functional medicine specialists and doctors.

      Nothings permanent or untreatable! And that is even if your doctor of traditional medicine have said otherwise.
      The ultimate truth is that our bodies have an incredible abilities of healing, truly, truly incredible capabilities.
      All that it really takes are the right kinds and enough of building blocks as well as activation of all the right systems within ourselves.
      Belief, exercise, sleep, meditation, food and nutrition! And you can be who you want to be.

      Cheers and I believe in you!
      You can totally do this!
      Take Care and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Dan

    October 11, 2018 - 20:07

    Hi Matiss,

    Wow. Great article! I really learned a few things about Vitamin b12 that I didn’t know. What a great vitamin it is. I was also excited that you listed one of my personal favorite brands, Garden Of Life (# 6). I love the spray form of it and it tastes really good. There was more than a few products on here that I didn’t know about and will definitely have to look into now! Thank you so much.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 12, 2018 - 22:10

      Hey, Dan!

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the article! And thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate it!
      Happy to hear that it was one of your favorites that made the list. 🙂

      Cheers, Dan!
      And have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Vanna S.

    October 10, 2018 - 06:29

    I would never in my wildest dreams have thought there was so much to know about vitamin B12 or any vitamin for that matter. I have always been concerned about additives but didn’t know there was so much more to consider. Do you have an opinion about ingesting capsules every day, sometimes twice a day? (As opposed to pill form or liquid). Thank you for this good information.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 11, 2018 - 03:06

      Hey, Vanna!

      I’m glad that the article was educational for you!

      As for the question. Well, there are all kinds of opinions and ideas out there as to what is arguably the best form of supplements. But arguing on that in my opinion is to completely miss the point.

      I do strongly believe that it does not matter that much. At the very end it all comes down to what kind of additives have been used in the supplement and in what forms are any particular nutrient present in the supplement. That’s the crucial part.

      Of course, preference plays a huge role as various people do much rather prefer certain supplement forms disregarding the rest. And that is completely fine as long as the nutrient forms are bioavailable and the additives does not harm you or worsen the absorption of nutrients.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Rebecca Arnold

    October 10, 2018 - 02:47

    This is such extensive and helpful information on B12 supplements. Having all this knowledge is supremely empowering and I appreciate the time and detail you get into to offer a broad and informed perspective. Very very helpful indeed! Thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 11, 2018 - 02:59

      Hey, Rebecca!

      I truly appreciate the kind words and the fact that you appreciate the effort it took. Truly glad I managed to help. 🙂
      Above all though, I did enjoy putting it all together, so definitely stay tuned for other extensive and detailed articles in the future.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Ahmed Aly

    October 9, 2018 - 21:25

    Thanks for the great article, very informative for sure, a lot of people don’t focus on B12 as it’s very important as I read before the lack of it into our body’s could effect the nerve permanently. Thanks again to cover it all and I’m glad to find your website.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 11, 2018 - 02:32

      Hey, Aly!

      Glad you enjoyed the article and I truly appreciate the kind words!

      Cheers and stay healthy!
      Have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Nathan

    October 9, 2018 - 19:52

    Wow I did not know the 100% DV is only just enough to prevent disease, seems logical now to put in there. I take multivitamins daily along with electrolytes, and calcium supplements. I can say that it’s definitely worth every cent to buy top quality for B12 or any vitamins you buy for that matter.
    I have to say you got quite a lengthy and such an informative post on b12, thanks for sharing this knowledge with the world! I’m gonna be on the look out for b12, I love taking vitamins, I know it’s a huge problem in this country of people getting proper nutrients in their food.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 10, 2018 - 20:11

      Hey, Nathan!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article!
      I can definitely agree, various nutrient deficiencies are such an epidemic pretty much world-wide. Now more than ever people are suffering from all these kinds of chronic diseases, such as dementia, cancer and many other, which are in essence a consequence of nutrient deficiency gone worse.

      Furthermore, typical western type of diet consisting largely of processed foods does not promote good gut health, which in return worsens the nutrient absorption, which ultimately creates hardcore deep rooted deficiencies.
      And as I mentioned in the article, bad gut health can actually make any supplements or additional substances you’re taking useless, simply because your body won’t have the capacity to absorb them.

      And I totally agree with you, it’s always better to go for quality. Discrediting that and cutting corners in terms of your health, will at the end only be a huge detriment not only to your happiness, but also to your potential and success in and throughout life.

      Stay healthy!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Mina

    October 9, 2018 - 18:56

    Wow! Thanks for giving us a very comprehensive and detailed review about B12. I wonder how long your research took?
    And I like that you didn’t miss a thing. You covered all the subjects and didn’t left Vegetarians and Vegans out. Literally, this post is for EVERYONE.

    To be honest, I only take Centrum as my vitamin supplement lol. I don’t pay much attention to vitamins actually.
    But after reading this, I might consider getting one!

    Thanks again!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 10, 2018 - 20:02

      Hey, Mina!

      It took quite some time. About a month to fully write the article and do all the research necessary, and that doesn’t account for any prior knowledge I already had in terms of supplements, health, well-being and nutrition in general.

      In my research I have found that Centrum supplements are actually very bad to take. They offer way too little amounts of vitamins and are filled with additives you should not rather consume. I’ve done reviews on Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus, Centrum Silver 50 Women 50 Plus and Centrum Performance. None of those I would recommend to anyone.

      In this regard, if you’re or anyone else for that matter is interested in multivitamin supplements, I would strongly suggest to just pick a supplement from the list of the best multivitamin supplements.

      Glad you enjoyed the article!
      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Lane Onson

    October 9, 2018 - 08:35

    LOL. I didn’t quite make it through the article, but thank you for the post. When my hubby and I was trying to start a family, I was told to prepare my body with B-12. It did the trick. B-12 is found in prenatal vitamins and is quite helpful to us as women.

    Thank you.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 11, 2018 - 02:02

      Hey, Lane!

      Yes, indeed, B12 is extremely important for pregnant and nurturing women.
      I’m glad you found the article helpful.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Phomrong Hongsha

    October 8, 2018 - 05:36

    You have given a detailed treatment on the realm of Vitamin B12. It is good to know that 500-1000 micrograms of B12 daily are the level one should look for.

    I also come to know from this article that vitamin B12 breaks up into 3 supplements – Methylcobalamin, Cyanocobalamin, and Hydroxocobalamin.
    This article is educational and I wish you a HUGE success.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 8, 2018 - 21:16

      Hey, Phomrong Hongsha!

      Well, there’s also the Adenosylcobalamin, which is quite rare among the supplements, but it’s a great form to have some of your B12 in.
      But above all I’m glad you enjoyed the article. And thank you for the kind words, means a lot to me.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Crystal Lim

    October 7, 2018 - 18:38

    What a thorough review!

    I haven’t known too much about B12 supplements but I guess the MegaFood Methyl B12 and Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-12 are equally great! And, the reason for me is actually quite simple – if you consider yourself a vegan, it’s always a good idea to support products that are certified by Vegan Action. And, please forgive me to be superficial. Give me a product with more official certifications on it, I’ll put my trust in it, especially if they are health products.

    I haven’t really started to take any B12 supplements because I am not a vegan and I am trying to get the B12 from my diet. But I believe good supplements available on the market can help in transforming more people to become vegan, which is great! I think the next time when I consider if I should go vegan, I will be a lot more confident!

    Anyway, thanks for this thorough review of B12 supplements! I will recommend these products to my vegan friends and I’m pretty sure they’ll love this!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 8, 2018 - 21:12

      Hey, Crystal!

      Thank you for the kind words. I’m happy the article contributed to you!

      It’s definitely way more manageable to go vegan nowadays that it was, lets say, a 100 years ago.
      However, I strongly believe that what you truly need in terms of B12 just from diet alone is not possible to acquire.

      What I mean is, it’s completely possible and manageable to get the amounts you need to not develop a deficiency disease. But if you truly want to be at your best, there is no way around this. You just can’t eat that much liver, fish or clams daily.

      Furthermore, vitamin B12 is extremely sensitive to bad gut health. So, if that is the case, that will diminish the absorbed vitamin B12 amounts significantly.

      Either way there is no better way to just try it out, lets say for 1-2 months and see for yourself. You don’t have to make any kind of commitment. If it doesn’t work for you, just let it go. But if it will, you may find new horizons of energy and possibility.

      All I’m saying is that this could potentially help you live a better and happier life. 🙂
      It certainly have helped me to do that. 🙂

      Stay healthy!
      Cheers and have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Nicole Stiles

    October 7, 2018 - 08:06

    I always thought that only pharmaceuticals had side-effects.
    I never knew you could get them from taking a supplement.
    Thank you for being honest about it.

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 8, 2018 - 20:59

      Hey, Nicole!

      Honesty is what I subscribe to. I certainly don’t know everything, but I will put my best effort in providing as accurate and honest, and researched information as I can. More on the values here at The Supplement Alliance, check out this page.

      The complete honest truth is that you can get side-effects (or allergies) from anything that you either put in or on your body. This applies to food (also organic one), to pharmaceuticals, to creams and shampoos, to supplements and loads of other stuff. What can cause side-effects (or allergies) to someone, for someone else will be completely safe.

      As we all are different there is no 100% guarantee that a specific ingredient will not cause some type of unpleasant effect. However, there are ingredients that typically do not cause negative effects. These are the ones we all should strive for in our supplements.

      In this sense additives are in most cases the problem. And pharmaceuticals sin most in that regard.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Anna Pry

    October 6, 2018 - 08:24

    Quite a thorough evaluation here. I was glad to see Garden of Life products reviewed as its a brand I’m already familiar with. Thank you!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 7, 2018 - 20:42

      Hey, Anna!

      Glad you enjoyed the article! I truly strove to make it incredibly throughout! 🙂

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Devara Garrison

    October 6, 2018 - 01:43

    Hello Matiss,

    Wow! What a great review on so many different variations and brands of Vitamin B12 supplements. I’m especially interested in “Thorne Research”. There are so many products to choose from on the market today and this really helps break it down for me.
    I feel like Thorne will be a very safe and good quality supplement. The price is also very good! $18.00 for a 2 month supply is a good deal.
    Thanks for your honest review and sharing this well researched information.
    Best of health,
    Devara

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 6, 2018 - 19:30

      Hey, Devara!

      I truly appreciate your kind words and I’m glad you found it helpful.
      Thorne Research Methylcobalamin is a great choice, indeed.

      Cheers and have a Great One!
      Matiss

  • Miranda

    October 6, 2018 - 00:13

    This is the most in-depth article I’ve seen on B-12. I ironically enough got a bottle of some today. I took it every morning and it helped me so much with my energy. Today’s day one and I’m excited to see the benefits again. This was a really well written article, keep it up!

    • @MatissDzelve

      October 6, 2018 - 19:43

      Hey, Miranda!

      I truly strove to make this article as throughout as possible! And I can totally relate.
      And thank you for the kind words!

      Cheers and Have A Great One!
      Matiss

  • Dan

    October 5, 2018 - 22:34

    Hi Matiss,

    I was completely unaware that we can’t get enough B12 through diet alone.

    Are there any other such vitamins/minerals that fall into the same category and thus we must supplement with?

    Cheers,
    Dan