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Vitamin B12 Patch or Pill?


Numerous studies have shown that because of the way our bodies break down and absorb vitamin b12, taking vitamin B12 in pill form only results in a little more than 1% of it being absorbed into our system.  This is why you may know someone (as I do) that was prescribed vitamin B12 tablets by their doctor (for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) that look like horsepills…and the daily dose on the bottle read 40,000%!

It’s not because they need that much B12, but because so little is actually making it into the bloodstream.

Swallowing 500 micrograms of vitamin b12 pills (a pretty standard dosage) will likely result in absorption of as little as 1.8 micrograms which means anyone trying to supplement their diet with Vitamin B12 by injesting pills is wasting their time and money. 

I didn’t realize any of this until my coworker was prescribed the vitamin b12 horsepills with 40,000% the daily dose.  I was surprised by two things:  (1)  that a doctor would’ve recommended something as simple as B12 for chronic fatigue …and (2) that the recommended dosage was so high.

That’s when I learned that Vitamin B12 is basically a super-supplement….impossible to take too much…necessary for everything from maintaining a high metabolism to proper nervous system functioning.  But I also learned that our bodies make it very tough to absorb this super-nutrient.  I wanted to enhance my everyday existence with this vitamin but how could I get it into my body?

The best approach is to get an injection or use a Vitamin B12 Patch once a week. This will deliver more vitamin B12 to your body than taking a dozen pills a day, and you’ll feel the difference immediately.  As my wife said: “I felt a warm buzz all day long….” That’s your metabolism thanking you.

Vitamin B12 Patches have exploded in popularity because they are a safe, efficient and inexpensive way to deliver the maximum amount of vitamin b12 to your body for use in converting food to energy.  Most multi-vitamin pills contain 100-200 microgram of the cyanocobalamin form of B12. This must be converted to methylcobalamin or before it can be used by the body….so look for a b12 patch that contains methylcobalamin like this.

Apply a new B12 Patch to a clean and dry area of the skin. You can place it on your neck (behind your ear), your wrist, outer deltoid, etc. Make sure it’s in a place that you can leave for up to 24 hours. The recommended use of one patch (1000 mcg) per week is based upon the dosage of a weekly B12 shot (1000 mcg). You may apply more than one patch per week as there is no upper limit on B12.

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Heading to Brazil 2014?

If you're headed to the World Cup this year, don't forget to pack your insect repellent patches.

Brazil has already been plagued with a long list of troubles in the lead-up to the games, which begin on June 12. Stadiums that should have been completed months ago are being finished at the last minute, much of the promised infrastructure either hasn't been built or wasn't properly constructed, and local workers are striking, angry about the amount of money going to the games and not to local issues.

But one of the biggest risks for locals, fans, and players alike is dengue, the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease in the world. There have been more cases in Brazil this century than anywhere else in the world, according to a recent analysis of the likelihood of a dengue outbreak in Brazil during the World Cup. 

Dengue is usually not fatal, but it's so painful that it makes people feel like their bones are breaking, earning it the moniker "break bone fever." Dengue hemorrhagic fever, the rarer and more severe version of the disease, is still the leading cause of death for children in some Latin American and Asian countries. People who have already been infected with dengue once are more likely to develop the more severe form of the disease.

The recent report, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that three of the match-hosting cities — Fortaleza, Recife, and Natal — are at high risk of a dengue outbreak. Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Manaus all qualified as medium-risk cities. In medium risk cities, health officials expect between 100 and 300 cases of dengue per 100,000 people; in high risk cities they expect more than 300 cases per 100,000 people.

Outbreak risks were calculated based on the recent history of mosquito populations in various cities, local rainfall and temperature, and weather forecasts for the time leading up to the World Cup.

Dengue is spread by mosquitoes, who bite infected people and then transmit the disease when they bite another person. There is no vaccine or cure, and so it's recommended that travelers cover up and use effective mosquito repellent.

In a commentary published alongside the study, David Harley and Elvina Viennet, epidemiological researchers from the Australian National University, say that while they expect dengue cases among visitors to Brazil, most tourists should be okay. Travelers from wealthy countries are likely to protect themselves from mosquitoes, and if they are infected, are likely to be able to afford effective and good quality medical treatment.

They don't think that a dengue outbreak is likely to spread from Brazil to other countries as a result of travel to the Cup, though there may be some infections that spread.

One thing seems clear from their commentary: Along with being epidemiological researchers, Harley and Viennet are fans of the game.

"The FIFA World Cup is a major sporting event," they write. "The results for dengue epidemiology, and on the football pitch, will be fascinating. We await both outcomes with interest."

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