If left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency, also known as B12 deficiency, can lead to anemia, as well as nerve and brain damage, which may eventually become irreversible.

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An untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, as well as nerve and brain damage, which may eventually become irreversible.

Why Take a Sublingual Vitamin B12 Supplement?
By Donovan Baldwin

When you get to the vitamin and supplement aisle at the supermarket or big box store, the selection can be confusing. Sometimes, it gets a bit less confusing if you are looking for a particular vitamin, but, when it comes to Vitamin B-12, there is one type which may add to the confusion.

This is the sublingual B-12 supplement.

So, let's cover a few points:

How is a sublingual supplement different from pills and capsules?
What makes Vitamin B-12 so important?
Who should take Vitamin B-12?
When would you want to take a sublingual B-12 supplement?

When you are choosing a supplement, you may often find it available in many different forms: pills, powders, liquids, gels, capsules, tablets, and sublingual, just to name a few options. The two main reasons for so many choices often have more to do with the customer's preference more than the performance of the supplement. However, when it comes to sublingual supplements, there can be a very good reason for choosing that particular means of getting the substance.

How is a Sublingual Supplement Different from Pills and Capsules?

When you take a supplement by mouth, whether as a pill, powder, or other form, your body usually only accesses the nutrient in the stomach or the intestines. For example, when taken orally, Vitamin B-12 is mostly extracted for the body's use in the intestines.

When a supplement is in sublingual form, it is placed under the tongue. In fact, that is basically what the word "sublingual" means... "under the tongue". Because of the nature of the skin and blood vessels under the tongue and in the cheeks, many nutrients, such as Vitamin B-12, can be absorbed directly into the blood stream.

By the way, just because it's labeled "sublingual" doesn't mean you can take it any way you want to. Simply swallowing a sublingual supplement just makes it another pill, and your stomach and intestines will have to deal with it.

What Makes Vitamin B-12 So Important?

This nutrient is crucial in many aspects of health, particularly in the area of energy production. However, it also works alone and with other nutrients to help keep the body healthy in many ways.

While uncommon in healthy people, a Vitamin B-12 deficiency can have many symptoms, ranging from skin rashes and confusion, to blindness and death.

Who Should Take Vitamin B-12?

Everyone can benefit from getting the appropriate amounts of Vitamin B-12, but, fortunately, it is fairly easy to get, and, in fact, a healthy body can even produce some. There are, however, some people who may be more in need of it than others.

Since Vitamin B-12 is most commonly extracted from food in the digestive tract, anyone who is compromised in this respect may have difficulty getting the amount they need. This could be someone who is ill, someone who is old, someone with certain digestive difficulties, people who drink alcohol regularly, and people who are dieting or who have had bariatric surgery for weight loss.

In bariatric surgeries, such as the Roux-En-Y gastric bypass surgery procedure, the part of the intestine most active in extracting Vitamin B-12 is cut away and, as a result, it becomes very difficult for the person to get adequate amounts of B-12.

When Would You Want to Take a Sublingual B-12 Supplement?

Of course, you should always get guidance from professional health care providers, since many of the symptoms of a B-12 deficiency can also be related to other illnesses as well. If you need a bit more energy, or, if your doctor says to do so, you can probably get by with almost any oral B-12 supplement. However, if you do fall into one of the categories above, and feel that your digestive system is not up to extracting the vitamin from food or oral supplements, you might want to consider using a sublingual form, as this will allow the vitamin to enter directly into the blood stream.

Donovan Baldwin is a 69-year-old exerciser, and freelance writer currently living in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. A University Of West Florida alumnus (1973) with a BA in accounting, he has been a member of Mensa and has been a Program Accountant for the Florida State Department of Education, the Business Manager of a community mental health center, and a multi-county Fiscal Consultant for an educational field office. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1995, with 21 years of service, he began writing on health and fitness, and, now, frequently publishes original articles on his own websites and for use by other webmasters. Learn more about vitamins and minerals at http://nodiet4me.com/supplements/index.html.

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