The Brain Boosting B-12: Hydroxocobalamin

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Holly-Admin, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. Holly-Admin

    Holly-Admin Administrator

    By Karen Lee Richards*

    Hydroxocobalamin (hi-DROX-oh-koe-BAHL-a-min) is a natural and uniquely powerful form of vitamin B-12. Clinical studies and practice have shown it can help to improve cognitive functioning, fight fatigue, promote heart health, and more.

    Vitamin B-12 is an essential nutrient needed to make red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body, the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells, and various proteins. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Yet, despite its importance to overall health, vitamin B-12 deficiency is relatively common. It is estimated that up to 15% of the general population may be deficient in B-12 - and more among those with chronic illnesses.

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  2. bct

    bct Well-Known Member

    What about methyl-B12? That isn't mentioned or compared to the cyano and hydroxo forms.

    Just wondering.....

  3. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    I've been using methyl-B12 for the past several years as I believe that this is what Rich Van K recommended.
  4. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    There is debate as to which is more effective: hydroxocobalamin or methylcobalamin - and the answer seems to depend on each individual. You can do research on this. Rich van K. recommended trying hydooxocobalamin first, and if it didn't help, switch to methylcobalamin. And there are those who say don't bother with the hydroxocobalamin and just take methylcobalamin. I take methylcobalamin and also added in dibencozide, another form of B12, recommended by Fredd of the Phoenix Rising board, who's done a ton of research on this.

    So no one seems to have a definitive answer - the recommendation seems to be see which works better for you.

  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I use the methylcobalamin and have had no problems with it. My neighbor's doc told him his labs showed low B-12 and that he'd need injections when he returned home up North. She agreed that he could try the methylcobalamin B-12 and his next labwork showed his B-12 was normal. The body seems to use this type of B-12 very efficiently.

    Love, Mikie