Breaking down B12

Breaking down B12

By Emily Gladders

Breaking down B12

Want healthy skin, strong nails, and badass brain function to boot? Go get yourself some B12!

Like many of the nutrients in Ritual, vitamin B12 is hard for some people to get enough of from diet alone. Reliable dietary sources of B12 are found only in meat and animal products. While you can find B12 in some veggies, the amount is so small that we can’t really consider veggies a reliable source. And while there is some B12 in algae and fermented soy products, science shows that these foods contain the “pseudo” forms of B12 that the human body can’t use.

As you might have guessed, B12 deficiency is a big problem for vegans and vegetarians unless they take a supplement like Ritual. Signs of B12 deficiency include brain fog, grumpiness, and tiredness that’s notably worse than just a case of the Mondays.

Like many other nutrients we consume, not all forms of B12 are equally useful for our bodies. The two most active forms of B12 are methylcobalamin (MeCbl) and adenosylcobalamin (AdCbl). Most supplements contain an inexpensive form of B12 called cyanocobalamin, which has to be converted by enzymes inside the body before it can be utilized. While most of us are healthy enough to convert cyanocobalamin into the form we can use, evidence suggests that supplementing with active forms like methylcobalamin is more efficient. It just makes sense: why give your body the type it has to activate when you can give it the type it can use immediately?

Ritual uses active MeCbl to support your optimal health. Plus, unlike other companies that use mega-doses of the inexpensive form of B12, we provide you with just the right amount (8 mcg/d) of the active form that your body likes. When it comes to B12, you want to give your body just the right amount because your gut can’t absorb more than 2 mcg of B12 in one sitting. All that extra stuff in other multis? Let’s just say you end up flushing it.

Click here for some of the most common questions we get about B12.