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Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin or methylcobalamin, is an essential nutrient in the B-complex of the eight B water-soluble vitamins. This nutrient must be consumed through animal foods (although supplementation may be more ideal) to ensure adequate intake. Vitamin B12 is structurally the largest and most complex of all the vitamins that have been discovered, and a surge of research is coming to the forefront displaying its awesome power in human health.

For most people, getting enough vitamin B12 isn’t an issue. Processed foods are often fortified with cyanocobalamin, a synthetic form of the nutrient. Still, many people are deficient in this vitamin because cyanocobalamin–and many other forms of B12, for that matter–is not highly absorbable. Veganism, age, gastric surgery, gastrointestinal disorders, and pernicious anemia are all factors that can reduce B12 absorption. In most cases, a B12 supplement is needed to replenish stores. The two most popular B12 supplements are cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin. Which one should you choose? Here are some facts to […]

There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh vanilla. Not only does vanilla add great flavor to cookies and cakes, it can also be used as a natural perfume or cologne. Vanilla beans are highly prized in culinary circles, and many foodies consider it an essential ingredient for any pantry or baking cabinet. There is, however, a common artificial vanilla flavoring called vanillin that is produced as a way to get “the same thing” at a reduced cost. Unfortunately, vanillin is lacking in flavor and consumption of this artificial enhancer […]

It seems that every day we’re hearing about a new GMO food product getting ready to enter the market. A new brand of genetically-modified potato called Innate is one of those products, produced by one of the largest suppliers of potatoes for McDonald’s restaurants. These potatoes are used for french fries. Simplot, the company producing the new GM potato, is attempting to convince consumers that the product is not only safe, but provides important benefits. One of these benefits include the potato being bruise resistant, which really isn’t a benefit at […]

Side effects are possible for any food, supplement, or medication, and everyone reacts differently to different products. Vitamin C, for example, may promote loosening of the bowels if taken in excess, and too much niacin (B3) may cause a disagreeable flushing. Experiencing unpleasant side effects of a supplement is by no means enjoyable, and it’s best for consumers to do their research before diving into any supplement approach. Generally, the worst side effects for vitamins–including B vitamins–are diarrhea, nausea, rashes, and vomiting. [1]

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