Transdermal B12 and Folate – Paleo Certified
“Would you like to be the next person to experience Improved Energy, Better Mood, and an Enhanced Memory?”
The effects of chronic stress taking a toll on our body combined with the hurdles of maintaining a healthy Paleo diet can quickly deplete our body of B12 resulting in low energy, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, irritability, poor memory and multiple other health issues. The good news is that supplementation with B12 can bring back balance to your body.
One of the most effective applications of B12, providing the active form of B12 as well as the complementary nutrients folate and B6.
Vitamin B 12 deficiency is a very common nutrient deficiency. In fact, nearly half of those tested using advanced methods show a B12 deficiency, while relatively few show optimal levels of B12. Because chronic stress alters our ability to completely digest and assimilate our foods, B12 is often absorbed in less than sufficient quantities to promote adequate function throughout the body. This is the result of reduced activity of the acid producing cells in the stomach which help absorb B12. When stress is coupled with consumption of a diet that fails to nourish the health of the intestinal tract, likelihood of B12 deficiency significantly increases.
What if I eat sufficient amounts of B12 containing foods?
B12 is found predominantly in animal based foods such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, lamb, turkey, etc. However, those that eat high amounts of protein in their diet are not guaranteed of having sufficient levels of B12 due to the effects of chronic stressors such as work, overtraining and environmental toxins. Individuals trying to consume a diet low in animal products such as vegetarians are at an even greater risk for the development of a vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Why you should be concerned about your B12 status?
Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient to the overall function of our body. It has several essential functions including:
- Production and maturation of red blood cells to allow adequate energy production
- Production of the insulating fat layer around nerves
- Protection from neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s, dementia and depression
- Increased production of dopamine, needed for adequate motivation and intestinal function
- Breakdown and clearance of hormones
- Protection of bone and cartilaginous tissue by reducing homocysteine levels
- Proper DNA and RNA replication to promote enhanced healing, recovery and growth
Are you at risk for a B12 Deficiency?
Here are just a few of the common reasons that you might be deficient in B12:
- Medications such as glucose regulating drugs and hormone replacement therapy, especially estrogen.
- Antacids reduce the acid in the stomach needed to absorb B12
- Low protein diets decrease the amount of B12 available
- Altered intestinal function from a non-Paleo Diet, grain consumption, stress or intestinal infections
- Alcohol increases the excretion of B12 and its cofactors
- Aging results in decrease ability to produce the necessary constituents such as hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor needed for B12 uptake
- Reduced Absorption can also be related to immune reactions against the cells of the stomach that promote B12 absorption, a condition known as pernicious anemia
- Stress inhibits gastric activity and efficient assimilation of nutrients
Where Do We Acquire Sufficient B12 Levels?
B12 comes from animal products, particularly meats. These sources are rich in B12, especially red meats. When B12 is ingested as a part of a protein, it must first be separated in the stomach by the action of hydrochloric acid. The cleaving of B12 from its protein source, as well as the attachment of B12 to intrinsic factor, the structure that carries it through the intestine for absorption, are dependent on the health of the cells of the stomach. Those with an autoimmune reaction against the cells of the stomach known as the parietal cells or against intrinsic factor have reduced absorption. This can also be brought on or made worse by the effects of chronic stress. Therefore, oral absorption is not sufficient for some individuals, making repletion critical, especially through non-oral routes.
The Form of B12 Makes a Difference
Many of the forms of B12 on the market are cyanocobalamin. An inferior form of B12, it is not inherently found as part of biochemical reactions in the body. Rather, the form Methylcobalamin is found in numerous biochemical pathways and is more efficiently utilized. Research confirms that methylcobalamin (the same ingredient found in my formulation) has superior utility once assimilated than other forms of B12, especially cyanobalamin, the form commonly found in over the counter products and prescription products, including many injections. Like most nutrients in the body, B12 does not act in isolation. It needs other nutrients to help it carry out its role. This includes folate, also in a methylated form (NOT the synthetic folic acid), and B6 in the active form of pyridoxal 5-phosphate.
Common Symptoms and Complaints Linked to Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
If you suffer from…
- Brain fog or lack of mental clarity
- Slow healing time
- Joint and muscle pain
- Inability to remember words or important tasks
- Difficulty falling asleep or waking during the night
- Numbness and tingling in your hands or feet (neuropathy)
- Hormone imbalances
- Ringing in the ears
You will most likely benefit from vitamin B-12 supplementation.
Problems Linked to B-12 Deficiency
What Makes Dr. Hill’s Formula Unique Compared to other B-12 Supplements?
Due to the increased numbers of individuals that have difficulty absorbing B12 orally, my formulation is designed to cross the skin and be absorbed through the small capillaries in the skin. This is accomplished by applying the transdermal gel to skin in an even and consistent manner until it is completely absorbed. There is no need for B12 injections or trying oral forms that may not work. Bypassing the stomach ensures that the effects of stress, immune reactions against the tissues of the stomach and the effects of non-nourishing foods will not inhibit repletion of your body’s B12 levels.
Most supplements contain doses that are less than that needed to correct, and even prevent, the deficiency of B12. My formulation was designed specifically with the intent of providing meaningful dosages with the ability to overcome the challenges to absorption often seen with B12. Additionally, the formulation also contains the cofactors necessary to optimize the activity of B12, a characteristic uncommon to most B12 supplements. The recommended dose is as follows:
Maintenance Application: 2 pumps daily (1 pump in the morning and 1 pump 3 hours prior to bedtime) on a hairless area. For children, the best area for application is on the back.
Advanced Application: 3 pumps daily (1 pump in the morning, 1 pump at midday, 1 pump 3 hours prior to bedtime).
What are the ingredients?
5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid)
Vitamin B-12 (as hydroxocobalamin)
Vitamin B-12 (as methylcobalamin)
Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxal-5′-phosphate)
Vitamin D-3 (natural)
Water, aloe vera barbadensis leaf juice, propanediol (all natural, petroleum-free), MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), cetyl alcohol, urea, octyl palmitate, triethanolamine, stearic acid (vegetable source), panthenol, PEG-8 stearate, Rosa canina fruit oil, glycerin, polysorbate 65, Cocos nuciferas, Gardenia tahitensis flower extract, sodium hyaluronate, natural vitamin E (d-tocopheryl), TEA-carbomer, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract.
Are there any side effects?
No adverse side effects have been reported with taking transdermal B12 cream.
Will my energy improve if I take this supplement?
Many people find that their energy levels improve by the use of transdermal B12. Occasionally, some will find that they may have too much energy later in the day and therefore need to change the timing or decrease the amount of their last dose.