Methylcobalamin is the metabolically active form of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is defined as a specific group of cobalt-containing corrinoids with biological activity in humans, also known as cobalamins. In practice, the term vitamin B12 is often misleadingly used to indicate the compound cyanocobalamin. However, cyanocobalamin does not occur in nature. It is a synthetic form used in supplements, pharmaceuticals and in the fortification of food. In nature, cobalamins only occur in animal and human tissue, and under the form of methylcobalamin. Humans are incapable of synthesising cobalamins and thus are entirely dependent upon dietary sources. In case of supplementation with cyanocobalamin, the human body must first remove and detoxify the cyanide molecule.
With age, the absorption of cobalamins decreases dramatically. Furthermore, also vegetarians suffer from deficiency, since the only dietary intake of cobalamin is through foodstuffs of animal origin. Because methylcobalamin is the metabolically active form, it is the ideal form of vitamin B12 to treat and prevent its deficiency.
Since cobalamin is an essential nutrient, deficiency triggers a cascade of health threatening events. These usually comprise anaemia, numbness of the extremities, fatigue, decreased immune system and increased cardiovascular risk and dementia.
Methylcobalamin provides several health benefits :
It contributes to normal red blood cell formation
It contributes to a normal function of the immune system
It contributes to normal cell division
It contributes to normal energy metabolism
Methylcobalamin is applicable in nutrition supplements.
It is a product of the finest quality with excellent properties that ensures its stability and industrial yield. The product features a low impurity profile, which makes it especially advisable for any indications related to the central nervous system.