There are two main reasons I recommend vitamin B12 supplementation to my clients. This highly important vitamin can be seen as both a sleep vitamin and a dream vitamin.
First, as part of the improvement of health which is oftentimes required to overcome sleep problems, I recommend a plant-based diet, which may be lacking in vitamin B12. Therefore, supplementation is necessary.
The second reason is that B12 is a brain vitamin. Its deficiency can cause severe and irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. Even having only slightly lower than normal of the vitamin may cause symptoms such as fatigue, lethargy, difficulty walking, depression, poor memory, breathlessness, headaches, pale skin, mania, and psychosis. Obviously, if you’re lacking this vitamin, you will find it extremely difficult to activate and balance your higher energy centers, especially the brow center (third eye) and the crown center, which are involved in all spiritual experiences.
A third reason would be for those people who love to experiment with NO (nitrous oxide), a gas the inhalation of which causes euphoria, slight hallucinations, and dissociation. Long-term use of this substance, also known as laughing gas, causes vitamin B12 depletion and therefore warrants supplementation with the vitamin.
While some claim vitamin B12 may be a nootropic, scientific research has not been able to prove that it has any cognition-enhancing effects in middle-aged and older adults.
Where does B12 come from?
Vitamin B12 is not made by plants. It is produced in nature by certain bacteria, including those that reside in the colon of all animals. It used to be everywhere, even in our water supply (which is now chlorinated, so no B12 remains.) And unfortunately, we cannot absorb the B12 that we create in our own colon. We can however absorb the B12 from other animal products as they also contain B12-generating bacteria.
What if you don’t want to eat animal products? Then, you have to supplement your diet with vitamin B12.
Again, I can’t stress this enough. If you do not eat animal products, you MUST take a vitamin B12 supplement to avoid paralysis, psychosis, blindness, and even death.
How much vitamin B12 do we need? And what kind?
We need 2,000 mcg (µg) of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin specifically) at least once a week.
But since it’s much easier to establish a habit when it’s kept daily, I suggest taking 50 mcg of cyanocobalamin every day. If you’re older than 65, then you should take 1,000 mcg per day.
There are many vitamin B12 products available. Whichever product you choose, make sure it contains vitamin B12 in the form of cyanocobalamin since there’s insufficient evidence that the other types such as methylcobalamin are effective.
Personally, I use 365 Liquid Vitamin B12 (available in Whole Foods Market). A bottle contains 350 doses of 500 mcg each. One bottle can thus be enough to last for at least 6-12 months.