Are you chasing a PR (Personal Record)? You should make sure you have optimal Vitamin B12 levels! Turkey, salmon, and eggs are rich in Vitamin B12. If you eat a mainly vegan, vegetarian or plant-based diet (as more of us do), there are non-meat sources fortified with B12 like cereals, almond milk products, and soy products. To utilize the B12 found in your diet, you must also have adequate levels of intrinsic factor (we blog about the connection here).
You can also directly raise your B12 levels with B12 injections, which your body can immediately absorb even if your intrinsic factor levels are low. A common reason why B12 levels might be low is due to impaired intrinsic factor levels. This can be due to certain prescription medicines such as antibiotics or antacids, or bariatric surgery, to name a few reasons. Just because you are eating foods high in B12, doesn’t guarantee your body is able to absorb and utilize the consumed Vitamin B12.
Got Vitamin B12 injections are Methylcobalamin which is the superior, most bioactive form of injectable Vitamin B12 and can cross the blood-brain barrier.
Research indicates that Methylcobalamin is superior for metabolism and the central nervous system. In addition, the Methylcobalamin form of Vitamin B12 provides the body with methyl groups essential for utilization in the body, including the cerebrospinal fluid, blood plasma, and the cytosol of cells.
If you are an athlete who is either already training daily or is planning to train daily for one or more hours a day, the physical and mental demands are obviously much higher than someone who exercises less. Fueling your body for improved performance and maximum recovery is paramount. For those of you inspired by Shalane Flanagan’s epic New York City Marathon win, 1st American woman winner in 40 years, here’s to successfully chasing your personal athletic goals of BQing (Boston Qualifying), reaching a Personal Best (PB), or whatever your next athletic challenge is.
With all the hard work you put into your fitness, don’t do your sport on empty! If you are feeling sluggish, find yourself craving extra caffeine to get through your day, you should have your Vitamin B12 levels checked. With 3 million cases per year of people of all ages with Vitamin B12 deficiencies, it is critical to keep your B12 levels healthy. We recommend having your B12 levels checked regularly, along with an intrinsic factor antibody test, especially if you are having health issues such as not sleeping well, low energy, ringing in the ears, numbness or tingling sensations in hands or feet, which could all be signs of deficient levels of Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is an essential, water-soluble vitamin that we must absorb daily in our diet. Your body uses B12 for your brain, red blood cells, your hair and skin, your mitochondria, and your nerve health.
Our bodies do amazing, complex things which we might take for granted, but when our health breaks down, we know how awful that can feel. A visit to a Got Vitamin B12 Happy Hour weekly or monthly can help to keep our bodies in balance. As an athlete on your journey, whether you just started today or have many years doing your sport, Got Vitamin B12 is in your corner.
All the best,
Got Vitamin B12 Team
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