Cyanocobalamin vs methylcobalamin ?

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   Posted 11/13/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all , im new here.

I was wondering if anyone else has looked into the different forms of B12 ?
Specifically cyanocobalamin vs methylcobalamin.
cyanocobalamin is the common B12 in most vitamin supplements.
What Iv read seems to indicate that methylcobalamin is easier to absorb and retain in the body.
methylcobalamin is also the natural B12 that you are born with.
cyanocobalamin doesn't exist naturally in the body.
Don't take my word for it look it up plz.
I'd like to hear anyones thought on this.
I'm on Imura and have low B12 levels.I take folic acid to.
I started a B12 supplement that has methylcobalamin in it.
Next blood test i should know if its making a difference.

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   Posted 11/13/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the cyano one. I usually do the shots about every 2 weeks, sometimes I will do them once a week. I have no doubts about this stuff working for me, my energy level goes way up the day of the shot. I had a previous surgery to remove the part of intestines which absorbs B12.

I didn't know there was more than one kind, I am going to look into it, thank you. The kind I get comes in a vial with 10 shots worth in it. I get three of them at the pharmacy for about 15 bucks total.

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   Posted 11/14/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Scarbelly you might want to check into using the shots or the sublinguals. I was told by my GI that even healthy people don't really absorb but about 2% of the B12 when you take it orally. But you will absorb about 98% of it if you take it in a sublingual or shot. I also use the Cyano one. Good luck!
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   Posted 11/15/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a thread where I got a lot of good information regarding Methylcobalamin.  The folks on the site as well as myself suggest you go to the last page and read backwards...  I also take Adenosylcobalamin, the other body-active form, both large value sublinguals.  My blood results were low and are now outside of the high range and my b12 deficiency symptoms immediately started reversing once I started on them.   
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