In this Jarrow Formulas Methyl B12 Review (Jarrow Formulas B12), we will take a close in-depth look at all of what this supplement has to offer.
Or to be more precise, we will evaluate the supplement as a whole by taking a look at the vitamin B12 form, find out whether it’s the one to strive for, find out how much of it is there, as well as explore the information on the additives added to the supplement.
The goal here is for you to not need to look and waste time in looking at any other reviews for this specific supplement. Therefore, if there is a section I haven’t covered but you’re interested in, let me know. And I’ll add that to the review.
Jarrow Formulas Methyl B12 Review – Overview
The description page (sale’s page) of the Jarrow Formulas Methyl B12 isn’t the most abundant in terms of text.
In truth, it’s a very down to earth type of page that only emphasizes a few generally known with B12 use associated benefits.
For example, they state that “The Most Bioavailable Form of Vitamin B-12 That Helps Maintain Brain-Health, Vitality, Levels of Restful Sleep, and an Enhanced Mood”. Which if you’ll read any B12 page on the vitamin’s benefits is very accurate [R].
The supplement also uses the most bioavailable form, so no misleading there either. (We will get into that a little bit later) [R].
Thus, there really are no empty claims or marketing created hype to persuade you to make a purchase of it. Which I see as a good and noble thing [R].
Or in other words, in no way does it promise you the world or to be the best thing out there.
At the end, I see it as a very pleasant description page to visit.
Other than that, the page also contains all the necessary information about the supplement, which is immediately visible and not hidden away.
Thus, it’s very easy to get the essence of what the supplement is really about.
So, let’s get into that stuff now.
B12 In The Most Bioavailable Form
The main and the only nutrient that the Jarrow Formulas Methyl B12 provides is the vitamin B12. By no means, this is bad as it is a specialized singular vitamin type of supplement.
In fact, it’s even better this way as this ensures that it’s easily compatible with a multivitamin supplement or any other singular vitamin supplement you might be using or plan on using.
The fact, that the form is referred to as the most bioavailable only means that the body can utilize it immediately after consumption.
Or, in other words, bioavailability stands for how easy it is for the body to absorb the vitamin and then use it to carry out the functions necessary and thus, provide you with the benefit.
So, all is good in this regard.
The Supplement Offers Greater Amounts of B12 Than Most
In truth, Jarrow Formulas Methyl B12 is quite a hefty vitamin B12 supplement.
A single lozenge of the supplement offers 5000 micrograms of vitamin B12, which is rather much.
The recommended amount that you should strive for is between 500-1000 micrograms daily. Thus, the supplement will provide you with 5-10 times bigger dose.
The question may arise – is this okay to take that much vitamin B12?
Thus, supposedly one might think that it’s totally fine to take such a large dose daily.
And that would definitely hold true in case of you suffering from a B12 deficiency. However…
I personally believe that if you are a healthy individual, who is not suffering from such deficiency, it would not be okay and I would not advise for that.
To be more precise, if you were to use the type of amount daily for a short period of time (2-4 weeks), I do believe it would be totally fine. But anytime beyond that might put you in unnecessary health risk despite the studies.
Which by no means is what you should strive for. Especially when any health and well-being improving benefits beyond the 1000 micrograms of B12 will be incremental or non-existent.
Thus, in truth not only those 5000 micrograms might confront you with adverse effects of an overdose but also you will be quite literally wasting your money, which you could be investing in more meaningful and joyous things (does not apply to the people that experience B12 deficiency).
There are, however, other more serious concerns, why you should probably not go for this one.
The Two Tricky Possibly Undesirable Additives
There are a lot of supplements that do not do a good job in choosing the proper kinds of additives, so they wouldn’t pose any negative health risk.
Sadly, the Jarrow Formulas B12 belongs to the group that does not do a good job.
In total the supplement has 7 additives – Xylitol, cellulose, stearic acid (vegetable source), natural cherry flavor, citric acid, magnesium stearate (vegetable source) and silicon dioxide – two of which (first and fourth) are definitely somewhat undesirable to have and one (fifth) that is also not of the best sorts.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, which is known to be the cause of all kinds of stomach related issues, like bloating, diarrhea. In that regard, people using this kind of substance is known to feel an excruciating need to fart, excuse my directness [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
But either way, our stomachs do struggle with digesting of this substance.
While Xylitol is also responsible for some very minor health benefits, it shouldn’t be forgotten that it is also in its essence a form of sugar that can potentially have all, a few or some of the sugar-related adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Such adverse effects can potentially be the cause of but are not limited to obesity, heart disease, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, eating disorders, depression, learning difficulties, diabetes, cancer, as well as it can quite literally mess with your brain cells in the process making you stupider [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Apart from this, there’s also the natural flavoring involved. In regards to the specific supplement at hand, it’s of Cherry natural flavor. But other natural flavors are available for this supplement as well.
While it may seem that Natural Cherry Flavoring is something healthy because it’s ‘Natural’, it’s not that black and white.
Yes, natural flavors are extracted of natural sources but that is as far as that ‘natural’ part goes. At the end of the day, whether it is okay to consume or being of a catastrophic kind completely depends on the manufacturing processes involved [R, R, R, R, R].
Or to put it in other words, if the manufacturing processes are not of a high quality enough, such flavoring, even being supposedly natural, can potentially have some very harmful effects on your health and well-being through the so-called incidental additives [R, R, R, R, R].
At times it can also be the issue of not listed harmful additives, which are not required to be listed on the label in case of it being considered part of the flavoring. Thus, in reality, a flavor can potentially contain all kinds of harmful stuff you most likely will never know about [R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, in truth, apart from the most reputable companies, every flavor is a gamble with your health. This is also why I’m not a huge fan of flavoring in any products – food or supplements.
As for the manufacturing processes in regards to Jarrow Formulas, I’m somewhat convinced that they should be of solid quality. They’ve been around for quite some time, aspire to rigorous testing, and have the supplements be tested in third-party laboratories, as well as there are other favorable give-aways [R, R].
Final Thoughts On The Jarrow Formulas B12
Ultimately, Jarrow Formulas B12 is definitely not among the worst supplements to get.
It offers the best form of vitamin B12 for a health benefit, as well as the manufacturer exercises solid quality in their manufacturing processes.
At the same time, it has an additive called Xylitol that can compromise your health. And the vitamin B12 amounts are so excruciatingly abundant that they could be considered too much.
Thus, the supplement should only be used periodically.
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t consider it a supplement that would deserve to be considered as one among the very best. For those ones check out the list of the best vitamin B12 supplements out there.
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