Q: Why do some people prefer liquid vitamin B12?
A: Vitamin B12 is one of the eight B vitamins humans need to live (a.k.a. as an “essential” vitamin). If you eat a balanced diet you probably get more than enough through your food. B12 can be found in things like clams, oysters, liver, lobster, cheese, beef, eggs, and other animal source. Unfortunately, it can’t be found in veggies.
So the chances are that you probably already get more than enough vitamin B12 through your diet. Our bodies even have a built in safety; the liver stores up to years worth of B12 which can be converted and used by our bodies when needed. So the problem usually isn’t that you don’t get enough, but rather that some people aren’t able to absorb it properly (and in turn, that leads to deficiency. The reason many are turning to the liquid vitamin B12 form is because they believe it may be easier to absorb.
Regular vs. Liquid
Regular vitamins are usually hard, large pills. After you swallow them, your body must break them down before you can begin to absorb their ingredients. Sometimes this takes awhile to occur. In fact, some poor quality vitamin supplements might not ever break down completely while passing through your body. Fortunately, most reputable ones do get the job done. But for those with digestive disturbances and health issues, some say it’s better to use liquid formulations which can be more quickly absorbed. Considering that the problem usually involves absorption problem with the body, a liquid B12 supplement sounds like a wise idea.
B12 Deficiency Symptoms
The only way to know for sure whether or not you are vitamin B12 deficient is to be evaluated by a doctor. Some of the side effects are similar to other conditions, so it’s impossible to conclude from those alone.
That being said, since vitamin B12 plays a crucial part in your body’s energy production on the cellular level, not getting enough can lead to lack of energy, impaired mental conditions, and other side effects which accompany such. If you have been diagnosed with a deficiency, you should talk to your doctor to see if liquid B12 is the right choice for you. There are also other methods which are believed to offer increased absorption; the vitamin B12 patch and sublingual B12.