If you take vitamins, you probably care about your health more than most. You probably do the right things like stretching, exercising, getting eight hours of sleep, and avoiding coffee after 3. But you might be sabotaging your efforts by poisoning yourself with cyanide!
What is cyanide, you ask?
Cyanide is a chemical compound that is toxic if ingested in large amounts. It is also known by another name: a nitrite
You might have also the term cyanide poisoning. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include headache, dizziness, fast heart rate, shortness of breath, and vomiting.
The form of cyanide that many are exposing themselves to is Cyanocobalamin. This chemical bond is prevalent in Vitamin B-12 and must be broken down by the kidneys for the “B” to be processed.
This form of B is not found as a free agent in nature anywhere. In fact, it is manufactured in a lab. So it just goes to show that a synthetic version of a vitamin is not always your best when supplementing.
Your body actually would do much better by using B in the form of Methylcobalamin. If you’re deficient in methylcobalamin, you could experience depression, stress, low energy, poor circulation, non-restorative sleep, orslower brain function.
Do yourself a favor and load up your grocery cart with foods that will naturally provide the B vitamin you actually need.
As you can imagine, there are plenty of animal sources including red meat, caviar, shellfish, seafood, and the incredible, edible egg.
If you avoid meats, you can still bring Methylcobalamin into your diet with grass-fed butter, yogurt, cheese, or injections.
Whatever you do, make sure you trust your vitamin source. There are a few companies and organizations that have done due diligence on certain brands. If the brand you are considering has been vetted by Consumerlab.com NSF International ,orU.S. Pharmacopeia, it fits into a higher standard of supplement. You can also ask your primary caregiver if they have a recommendation. Finally, if you really want to do the due diligence, you can call the manufacturers yourself and ask questions like these from the National Institute of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements
- What information does the firm have to substantiate the claims made for the product?
- Does the firm have information to share about tests it has conducted on the safety or efficacy of the ingredients in the product?
- Does the firm follow good manufacturing practices and have a quality control system in place to determine if the product actually contains what is stated on the label and is free of contaminants?
- Has the firm received any adverse events reports from consumers using their products?
No one else will look out for your health as much as you will. Some people are trying to make a fast buck. Others genuinely care about your well-being. Advocate for yourself, and then you can confidently point your friends and families towards brands you trust.
What do you think of supplementing with vitamins? Why do you trust certain brands? Let us know in the comments below.