Wait…what? You can…vape…Vitamin B12? Like…vape?
When I first heard about this new product idea, I was…unsure, shall we say. I wondered if it was hype or smoke and mirrors (see what I did there?) or if this was the real deal.
So I asked my own personal B12 doc (he’s not really only my doc, but I like to think of him that way…my own B12 “fixer” as it were), Dr. Bill Caradonna (an expert on the subject of Vitamin B12) and I was thrilled with his response.
Let me explain. I discovered the joy (and necessity) of Vitamin B12 injections after a brain aneurysm burst and it was discovered that the culprit in my case was low B12 levels. After a series of tests showed I didn’t store B12 efficiently, it was determined that injections would be best for my wellness.
And so began the adventure of getting to a doctor every 2 weeks for injections, which became a bit of an…inconvenience. But then I met Dr. Cardonna who taught me how to inject myself and provides my syringes filled with the miracle of B12. I was free!
Not everyone has access to their own B12 fixer (so Olivia Pope…), so when Dr. Caradonna told me that vaping B12 was not only efficient, but could be equivalent to injectable B12, I was excited.
Vitamin B12 is essential to human wellness and a bit of an elusive beauty.
A member of the vitamin B complex, it contains cobalt and so is also known as cobalamin. B12 is exclusively transmuted by bacteria and is found primarily in meat, eggs and dairy products. Necessary for the synthesis of red blood cells, the maintenance of the nervous system, and growth and development in children, deficiency of Vitamin B-12 can cause anemia, neuropathy, stroke, the degeneration of nerve fibers and irreversible neurological damage.
Vitamin B12's primary functions are in the formation of red blood cells and the maintenance of a healthy nervous system. It is necessary for the rapid synthesis of DNA during cell division, like in the bone marrow tissues responsible for red blood cell formation. If B12 deficiency occurs, DNA production is disrupted and abnormal cells called megaloblasts occur. This results in anemia, with tiredness, breathlessness, listlessness, pale complexion and poor resistance to infection among the symptoms.
B12 is also important in maintaining the nervous system. Nerves are surrounded by an insulating fatty sheath comprised of a complex protein called myelin. B12 plays a vital role in the metabolism of fatty acids essential for the maintenance of myelin. Prolonged B12 deficiency can lead to nerve degeneration and irreversible neurological damage, which can result in strokes and brain hemorrhages (as in my case).
The most common form of deficiency occurs when there is a failure to effectively absorb B12 from the intestine rather than a dietary deficiency. Absorption of B12 requires the secretion from the cells lining the stomach of a glycoprotein, known as intrinsic factor. The B12-intrinsic factor complex is then absorbed in the ileum (part of the small intestine) in the presence of calcium. Certain people are unable to produce intrinsic factor and are treated with injections of B12 (…that would be me).
Vitamin B12 can be stored in small amounts by the body. Total body store is 2-5mg in adults, with about 80% of this is stored in the liver. Vitamin B12 is excreted in the bile and effectively reabsorbed. This is known as enterohepatic circulation. People eating diets low in B12, including vegans and some vegetarians, may be obtaining more B12 from reabsorption than from dietary sources, which is the reason that it can take more than 20 years for deficiency disease to develop in people changing to diets absent in B12. In comparison, if B12 deficiency is due to a failure in absorption it can take only 3 years for deficiency disease to occur.
The only reliable unfortified sources of Vitamin B12 are meat, dairy products and eggs. There has been considerable research into possible plant food sources of B12, but without luck.
Spirulina, an algae available as a dietary supplement in tablet form and nori, a sea plant appeared to contain significant amounts of B12. However, research is now showing that they contain compounds structurally similar to B12, known as B12 analogues, which are unusable by humans. Researchers have suggested that supposed B12 supplements such as spirulina may in fact increase the risk of B12 deficiency disease, as the B12 analogues can compete with B12 and inhibit metabolism.
In the final analysis, at least for the moment, the current nutritional consensus is that no plant foods can be relied on as a safe source of vitamin B12.
So what are we plant-passionate people to do? How are we to get the B12 we need to thrive?
Enter Vitamin Vape. Developed as “A Better Way to B,” these little cylinders pack a punch in a truly cool and unique package. Containing only Vitamin B12, vegetable glycerin, water and organic flavors, Vitamin Vape, unlike other vapor products contains NO nicotine, NO PG, and NO diacetyl.
Here’s the best part. Next to injections, Dr. Caradonna tells me that vaping B12 is the most efficient way to deliver this essential vitamin to your cells. I will say, for my part, that I adore my shots, but I travel a lot and I am nervous to carry syringes. Now I simply pack a vaporizer and I’m able to keep my B12 levels stable without worry.
And it’s fun, effective…and reasonable. Each Vitamin Vape vaporizer is equivalent to injectable B12 and is more effective than B12 pills or tablets. 10 “puffs” provides 1000mcg of B12 and each vaporizer contains 14 servings of B12 (200 puffs, 14,000 mcg), equivalent to 14 injections of B12. The genius developers of Vitamin Vape tell me that it’s best to ease into vaping…try 5 puffs 3 times a week and build from there. Too much B12 too quickly can leave you feeling jittery, like you have a wee bit too much espresso.
At just $45 for 3 vaporizers, there’s no excuse to de B12 deficient. So what are you waiting for?
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