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Hi I know there have been threads on this before but I need to confirm what you guys think...<br><br><br><br>
I got a vitamin B12 supplement that has 1000mcg per tablet and therea are no dosage instructions..<br><br>
I believ we need 2.4 mcg a day.. So wouldnt it be safe to take one tablet a week as that would still be over the amount but doesnt matter if it is..<br><br><br><br>
Also what if you are already getting enough B12 from what you eat..<br><br>
Does it matter that you still have the supplement as I have read numerous times that its still okay as its better to be safe.. ??<br><br><br><br>
What are your opinions and what do you do??<br><br><br><br>
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only a small fraction of what is in the pill is absorbed.<br><br><a href="http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12" target="_blank">http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12</a> -excellent source.
 

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I've been taking 100mcg of B12 for months with no ill effects. I was taking 500mcg, but I found it wasn't enough. I was told by my doctor that a min of 500mcg of B12 is sufficent. It's something that you can only get from eating meat, and trust me, you don't want your body to run out of it. You can get get it from meatless sources, but I'd rather take it and know that I'm getting enough, than wondering if I'm getting enough.
 

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Cool thanks for that...<br><br><br><br>
belldozer... is that daily or weekly??<br><br>
As I said the tablets I got have 1000mcg.. That seems alot????
 

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" Proper levels of B6, B12 and Folic Acid defend the body and mind against stress, and deficiencies can contribute to depression. Studies show that people with depression and other emotional problems are far more likely than the non-depressed population to be deficient in these vitamins, making supplementation especially important."<br><br>
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I usually take 1000mcg daily. I find that as I get older that I need the extra 500mcg, especially when I'm trying to make major lifestyle changes. Right now I'm trying to lose weight, and am seriously considering going Vegan, as my dairy allergies are really starting to flare up. Because of this I don't want to drop down the B12 until I've completed the transition. When I first went vegetarian I didn't know that I needed to take B12. A month after I went Meatless I had major health problems. It wasn't until I saw my OBG/YN that it was discovered that I had no B12 in my system. She's a vegan, and that's how we figured out that I had a month's worth of B12 stored in my system, and when that ran out, the health problems started. So I know first hand what the lack of B12 in the body can do to you. I've been meatless for 1 year, and I've discovered that now that I've gone vegetarian, I'll never go back to meat. I've heard that sublingual B12 is better than the regular pill form, but I've found no difference. The difference is the the sublingual B12 get's absorbed faster into your system than the regular pill form. It's a matter of personal choice.
 

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I personally take supplements, but it's not just in meat, but it is mostly in animal products. However, some vegan products have fortification where it is added such as <b><i>some</i></b> soy milks, cereals, nutritional yeasts, etc. So even though I take supplements, I also eat some of those foods every day--especially soy milk--so that I'm getting it in food too. I've actually found when I took too much (sublingual high dose), it gave me a headache!<br><br><br><br>
I looked up the RDA and it's 2 to 2.4 micrograms a day...when I took 1000 mcg, it definitely gave me a headache. You need enough calcium and folate in your system (as well as intrinsic factor and acid in your stomach) to absorb it. Below is some info that I got on <a href="http://www.vrg.org/" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/</a><br><br><br><br><i>Vegans who choose to use a vitamin B12 supplement, either as a single supplement or in a multivitamin should use supplements regularly. Even though a supplement may contain many times the recommended level of vitamin B12, when vitamin B12 intake is high, not as much appears to be absorbed. This means in order to meet your needs, you should take a daily vitamin B12 supplement of 5-10 micrograms or a weekly vitamin B12 supplement of 2000 micrograms.</i>
 

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Why take supplements? instead eat delicious sea bucktorn berries, as much b12 as liver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br><br><br>
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. "<br><br><br><br>
Albert Einstein
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>VEGIHEAD</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
I believ we need 2.4 mcg a day.. So wouldnt it be safe to take one tablet a week as that would still be over the amount but doesnt matter if it is..<br></div>
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According to <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=9309" target="_blank">this</a> you would need about 2000mcg a week if you take B12 only once a week.<br><br><br><br>
You might get some B12 from your diet, after all B12 is a kind of bacteria, but regular western food is produced that clean, that a vegan won't get it from their vegetable food.<br><br><br><br>
don't risk it, and take your 1000mcg tablets at least twice a week.<br><br><br><br>
Don't get fooled by the people who claim that B12 is in some vegetables or fruit, they contain a different kind of B12, called analogues (sp), which are not absorbed in the human body.
 
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