In this Nature’s Bounty B12 Review, we will jump deep into all of it, into everything it has to offer. Everything you must know before making a purchase.
Thus, we’ll structure the article so that we will first cover the claims made for it. Then we’ll shift our focus to exploring the vitamin B12 form and amounts of it. And lastly, we’ll cover the additives, as well as cover some key insights on the variations of the supplement.
All to make as accurate of an assessment about the Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 as possible.
The goal here is to create a review so thorough that there would not be a need for you to ever look at another supplement review for this specific supplement. Therefore, if there is a section or aspect I haven’t covered but you’re interested in, let me know. And I’ll add that to the review.
Nature’s Bounty B12 Review – The Overview
Nature’s Bounty B12 is a singular vitamin supplement that is geared towards providing you with all of the necessary daily vitamin B12.
The description page (sale’s page) of the supplement isn’t really one that is abundant with information. In reality, that page provides insight into the supplement facts, as well as there are two other sentences about the supplement.
So, it’s very brief.
In truth, the way they’ve written about that B12 form is very unique, and we’ll need to discuss and get to the bottom of it later on. There is some stuff that is extremely likely to mislead people.
For now, I’ll just cite what they claim: “Vitamin B-12, also known as Cyanocobalamin, is primarily obtained from animal sources but is not found in vegetables in any significant amount – making these vegetarian-friendly tablets a real find!”
The other sentence just notes some health benefits that are associated with solid vitamin B12 levels. They, for example, say that it plays a very important role in health, which includes improved food-to-energy conversion, as well as improvements for the health of the nervous system.
The supplement is said to be Non-GMO and to contain no Artificial Colors, no Artificial Flavors, no Preservatives, no Sugars, no Starch or Milk, no Lactose or Soy, no Gluten, no Wheat, no Yeast, no Fish, and no Sodium.
One other thing worth noting is that the Nature’s Bounty B12 is deemed suitable for Vegetarians, which may be definitely to the liking of some people.
So, that exhausts the information in its entirety on that description page.
But let’s dive deeper and examine if it’s really worth getting.
This Vitamin B12 Form Is The Cheapest One Available
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 being a specialized vitamin supplement towards the acquisition of B12 provides only that. There are no other vitamin, minerals or other beneficial substances involved in the supplement.
But by no means, this is bad as this way it’s way more compatible with any multivitamin or other vitamin supplements you might want to add or have in your daily regimen.
What’s not that cool is that Nature’s Bounty B12 contains Cyanocobalamin, which is known to be the cheapest and most ineffective form of the available options for vitamin B12 supplementation on the market [R, R, R, R, R].
Nonetheless, it’s still recognized to be pretty good at curing deficiencies. But a definite drawback that it has to its name is the fact that when in the body it gets converted to usable B12 forms it releases a cyanide molecule [R, R, R, R, R, R].
As this molecule is not something that is compatible with life, it must be removed, thus, some energy must be expended to make it happen. Which is not really something that is a must do in regards to B12 supplementation [R, R, R, R, R, R].
For example, the most beneficial forms of the B12 – Methylcobalamin and Adenosylcobalamin – our bodies are able to use for our benefit immediately and there is no need for some kind of waste removal in the process [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Both of them are truly beneficial but if a choice is presented and you must choose, it’s best to go with Methylcobalamin as it has been recognized as the most beneficial form [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, overall while the Nature’s Bounty B12 through it’s B12 form will be able to help you daily and even potentially cure a deficiency if needed, by no means it should be regarded as the best B12 form out there.
The Amounts Are Solid
While the vitamin form wasn’t in its best shape, the amounts are.
Nature’s Bounty B12 offers 1000 mcg of the vitamin. Which is exactly what you need if you are all about thriving (Prime Daily Values) and not just focused on avoiding deficiencies (Percentage Daily Values).
In regard to this, there are also other supplement options of the Nature’s Bounty, like the vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin (1000 mcg) and supplements of B12 in very potent amounts (5000 mcg), as well as some other options.
However, in essence, most of these are completely different supplements comparing to the one at hand. This is because the vitamin amounts are not the only aspect that differs.
Nonetheless, for your convenience, I will provide the most important insights, as well as a few worth noting ideas in a later chapter of this article.
So, at the end of the day, vitamin B12 amounts of Nature’s Bounty B12 are solid but the shape of it not so much.
How about additives?
Six Different Additives – All Harmless
Additives are a common stumbling stone for many, not just in regards to any singular B12 supplement but any supplement in existence.
Thus, you can’t really not check these and hope that they will be harmless. Because most of the time they will, in fact, be potentially very harmful.
What regards to the Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 it is, however, a great supplement when it comes to this.
It has 6 different additives – Dicalcium Phosphate, Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Natural Palm Leaf Glaze, Silica (Silicium Dioxide), and Vegetable Magnesium Stearate – all of which are completely harmless and okay for long term use.
Of these about Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate you can read horror stories online. However, all of them are fiction, so none of it is true. Furthermore, deep and focused immersion into everything that is thrown towards these, reveal the facts accurately and fully [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Which is that both Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate are substances that can be consumed safely without any potential future health risks.
So, the main version (base version) of the Nature’s Bounty B12 have really done a great job regards to all of this. It’s variations, however – not so much.
Complete Run Down Of All Nature’s Bounty B12 Variations
As I already did mention earlier there are several other variations of the supplement.
Further, are provided a section with key insights for every variation of the Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12. And as always if there’s anything else you’d like to know or see as a good fit for this review, just let me know in the comments.
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 [500 Mcg] Review
This variation of the supplement offers 500 mcg of Cyanocobalamin.
For additives, this one has two more than the original version of the supplement – a complete number of 8 additives.
But what’s most important to know is that not all of them should be considered harmless.
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 (500 mcg) employs the following additives – Mannitol, Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Beet Juice Color, Crospovidone, Natural Cherry Flavor, Sucralose, and Vegetable Magnesium Stearate.
Of these potentially harmful are four: Mannitol, Beet Juice Color, Natural Cherry Flavor, and Sucralose.
An interesting fact, this supplement unlike others does not list or assert the fact that it contains “No Artificial Colors”. Thus, it’s very likely that Beet Juice Color is, in fact, an artificial color, the consumption of which is linked to all kinds of cancer and other devastating health conditions [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin Review
This variation of the supplement uses Methylcobalamin as it’s B12 supply, which as discussed earlier is the best option possible for the vitamin form.
It also comes in solid amounts of 1000 mcg, which is exactly what’s needed.
However, one particularly interesting thing is that the description page of this supplement does not contain any references with the information on what kind of additives it embodies [R].
A little search on the internet reveals that the Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin contains Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Natural Cherry Flavor, Silica, Vegetable Cellulose, and Vegetable Stearic Acid.
The only shady one here is the Natural Cherry Flavor. However, considering the quality standards that Nature’s Bounty subscribes to this might be a non-issue. But I’m not really sure about this. It’s still shady [R].
Either way, I would still recommend something that does not use natural flavoring or is, without a doubt, of the highest standards.
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 [2,500 Mcg] Review
This variation of the supplement contains 2,500 mcg of Cyanocobalamin.
But additive-wise Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 2,500 Mcg is a very similar version to the 500 mcg one.
Meaning, it contains Mannitol, Crospovidone, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Natural Flavor, Beet Juice Color, Sucralose, and Vegetable Magnesium Stearate.
Of these, the potentially harmful ones are Mannitol, Natural Flavor, Beet Juice Color, and Sucralose.
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 [5,000 Mcg] Review
This variation of the supplement in actuality contains 5,100 mcg of vitamin B12 – 5000 mcg of that comes in a form of Cyanocobalamin and 100 mcg of that comes in the form of Dibencozide.
Judging by the additives this also is a very poor version of the supplement.
It contains Mannitol, Crospovidone, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Natural Cherry Flavor, Beet Juice Color, Sucralose, and Vegetable Magnesium Stearate.
Of these, there might be unpleasantries right off the bat or later on down the line due to the Mannitol, Natural Cherry Flavor, Beet Juice Color, and Sucralose. On top of that, it’s safe to say that Beet Juice Color is an artificial color.
Other than that, this supplement containing 5,100 mcg of vitamin B12 should not be used daily long-term.
Nature’s Bounty Dual Spectrum Vitamin B12 Review
This variation contains 5000 mcg of Cyanocobalamin.
Additive-wise it contains 7 of them. Dicalcium Phosphate, Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Silica, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Triacetin, and Vegetable Juice Color.
Here to Vegetable Juice Color applies that absolute same that applied to the Beet Juice Color. I’m pretty certain and this stems from what they themselves indicate on the supplement that this color is an artificial one.
Other than that, this supplement containing 5,000 mcg of vitamin B12 also should not be used daily long-term.
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12 Liquid Review
This is a variation that unlike all previous ones come in a form of liquid.
It offers 5000 mcg of Cyanocobalamin.
However, as with any of the previous versions also this one is flawed in regards to the additives.
It employs the following – Purified Water, Sorbitol, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Berry Flavor, Citric Acid, and Potassium Sorbate. Of which, Sorbitol, Natural Berry Flavor, and Potassium Sorbate are something that you should rather avoid.
If you truly care for your health that is.
Other than that, this should also not be used daily long-term.
Misleading Claims of Nature’s Bounty B12 Main Version
We did earlier see that there is not much that is promised in regards to the Nature’s Bounty B12. However, there is still one sentence that needs some clarification as I do see it as something that is extremely likely to mislead people.
So, they claim the following: “Vitamin B-12, also known as Cyanocobalamin, is primarily obtained from animal sources but is not found in vegetables in any significant amount – making these vegetarian-friendly tablets a real find” [R]!
First, stating that Vitamin B12 is also known as Cyanocobalamin might give off the impression that they’re the same thing.
Thus, for some this may imply that this is the best form for this vitamin as that description page does not clarify that it isn’t.
Cyanocobalamin is a form of cobalamins that we commonly know as vitamin B12. Thus, you can’t really assert both of them being the same thing. Because vitamin B12 is not necessarily Cyanocobalamin, it can also be Methylcobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin or any other type of cobalamin [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, the part of “is primarily obtained from animal sources but is not found in vegetables in any significant amount” can be referred to vitamin B12 in general but not to Cyanocobalamin specifically.
Final Thoughts On Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B12
So, should you go for the Nature’s Bounty B12 or any of its variations if you’re in the market for a B12 supplement?
No, you shouldn’t.
There are a bunch of more sophisticated and beneficial vitamin B12 supplements out there. Furthermore, they’re not necessarily more expensive.
So, overall going with one of the best B12 supplements you get a better bang for your buck. Thus, more is left to spend on other awesome stuff.
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