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So I don't know if most people are aware of this, but when you're checking the labels of your fortified products, you should make sure that the vitamin B12 is in an active form (methylcobalamin, for instance) or a form that can be converted to active (the more common cyanocobalamin, for example). Most of the time, the form will be specified in the ingredients list. However, I noticed recently that Silk lists their B12 simply as "vitamin B12", and since it's one of my primary sources of B12 I was a bit concerned, so I wrote to them asking what form it was in. Sure enough, it is cyanocobalamin.

So, for anyone else who may have been wondering about this, there you have it, and if you want to do a bit of "sort of activism"
you could write to them asking what form of B12 is in their products, or let them know that they should list it as cyanocobalamin so people know what it is, and know they can rely on it for their B12 needs. If they don't specify, this means we wouldn't be aware of it if they changed it to another form for some reason. People relying on this product to meet their daily requirements would run the risk of acquiring a deficiency...

I've noticed other products claiming to have B12, only to find in the ingredients list that the B12 is coming from spirulina. This is believed to be in an inactive form, and not only will it not help you meet your needs, it can actually interfere with the absorption of the good kind of B12. So, yeah, in case anyone thinks this stuff doesn't matter, I'd say it does. Those of us who don't care to take our supplements in pill form need to know that we're meeting our needs and not jeopardizing our health - no good for us, no good for the cause.
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