Buyer beware: Your vitamin B12 supplements may contain cyanide
(Natural News) When you take a supplement, your goal is usually to give your body something it lacks to enhance your health. Nutrient deficiencies are far too common these days, and supplements are a popular way to make up for areas in which your diet falls short. Unfortunately, if you’re taking vitamin B12 supplements, you could be getting a lot more than just this useful B vitamin – you might also be slowly dosing yourself with cyanide.
Used for keeping your nerves healthy and building the red blood cells that transport oxygen through your body, vitamin B12 is a crucial nutrient. Deficiencies are very common, especially in vegans and vegetarians. Because it can only be absorbed when it’s in the small intestine, digestive ailments make it more difficult for your body to absorb it. Low levels of vitamin B12 can cause problems like chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion, numbness, pale skin, mouth soreness, memory loss, and slow reflexes, so it’s important to make sure your body is getting enough of it.
You might be surprised to learn that the type of B12 that is used in most mass-market vitamins contains cyanide in the form of a synthetic additive called cyanocobalamin. You can find it easily in vitamins on store shelves, especially the cheaper and store-brand offerings. According to a recent expose by Green Med Info, the ingredient’s safety is the topic of much debate.
The cyanide in these vitamins is organically bound to vitamin B12, or cobalamin, and its potential for harm is low in theory – but that’s assuming that a person is in optimum health and their liver is able to effectively remove it. If their system is already dealing with toxin exposure from other avenues or they’re one of the many people unable to metabolize B12 properly, it could mean higher levels of cyanide in your system. Smokers, too, can run into trouble and should be careful to avoid this type of B12.
How to get vitamin B12 without the risks of cyanide