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NOW Vitamin B-12 

Helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Helps in tissue formation. B12 is perhaps the most popular of the B-family of vitamins and is an especially popular supplement among vegetarians. Because Vitamin B12 is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins, NOW has developed this unique, balanced B-complex formulation with synergistic vitamin C. NOW B12 complex is also alcohol-free and vegetarian.

Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that is commonly found in a variety of foods such as fish, shellfish, meat, and dairy products, but is deficient in the typical vegetarian diet. B12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 is bound to the protein in food. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach releases B12 from protein during digestion. Once released, B12 combines with a substance called intrinsic factor (IF) before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. An inability to absorb vitamin B12 from the intestinal tract can be caused by a disease known as pernicious anemia which is increasingly common among the elderly. Additionally, strict vegetarians or vegans who are not taking in proper amounts of B12 are also prone to a deficiency state. Studies have also shown that a deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to abnormal neurologic and psychiatric symptoms.


Adult Dosage: Shake well before use. Take 1 dropper full or 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) daily in the morning, hold in mouth for 30 seconds and then swallow.