B12 as methylcobalamin
Methylcobalamin is the form of vitamin B12 best utilized in the brain and is critical for normal neurological development and function. Unfortunately, B12 is the most difficult vitamin to absorb. Healthy individuals absorb approximately 2% of the B12 in their diet and absorption often falls below 2% in the presence of bowel disease, advanced age, and other conditions. Because the primary dietary source of vitamin B12 is meat, vegetarians are frequently B12 deficient. B12 is a catalyst for many metabolic reactions and is required for the production of myelin, the protective coating around most nerves. B12 deficiencies can result in cognitive impairment, anemia, peripheral nerve damage, and increased levels of inflammation. Methylcobalamin, P5P, and L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate work in concert to produce glutathione, our body’s primary antioxidant. Agape provides a generous dosage of this important vitamin.
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