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Taking Methycobal (Vitamin B12) as a supplement

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Old 08-30-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Taking Methycobal (Vitamin B12) as a supplement

I want to take a B12 supplement and the tablet I have is MECOBALAMIN (methycobal) 500 mcg, I have the following questions :-

a) is methycobal 500mcg suitable?
b) is this the same as Vitamin B12?
c) is it the same as methylcobal? (note the L)
d) is it too much/too little?
e) can I take it daily (and for how long is recommended)?
f) what are the side effects?
g) what is 500mcg in iu? (it doesnt say on the packet)

My local doctor is in the process of moving his practice therefore I cant take a test to see my Vit B12 levels, but I will get this test dome as soon as he is up and running.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 08-30-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Re: Taking Methycobal (Vitamin B12) as a supplement

Methycobal is a Vitamin B12 Substance. Methycobalamin is the neurologically active form of vitamin B12. Used in the treatment of Alcoholic neuropathy, Drug induced neuropathy, Diabetic neuropathy, Peripheral neuropathy. The standard single dosage is 500 mcg. (depends on your absorption ability). There are no current FDA safety problems with it.

Do you have a deficiency to require it?

There can be side effects, especially if you are consuming too much. That is why it is important to know what your current levels are.

As a less expensive solution, a dietary change can help.
The top 10 natural sources for B-12 are:
1: Clams, Oysters, and Mussels
2: Liver
3: Caviar (Fish Eggs)
4: Octopus
5: Fish
6: Crab and Lobster
7: Beef
8: Lamb (Mutton)
9: Cheese
10: Eggs (goose egg is higher than chicken eggs)

As for mcg-iu conversions, An International Unit measures activity of vitamins and drugs. Vitamins A, D, and E are often measured in this way. Conversion from IU to mcg is different for each vitamin. The various B vitamins would have to be calculated or converted differently.

You should also know how much you are absorbing. If I take 500 mcg per day but only absorb 2 mcg, I would not be getting the minimum of 4 mcg of B-12 per day.

I hope this helps!

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Last edited by MSJayhawk; 08-31-2011 at 07:34 AM. Reason: typo

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