Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is an important water-soluble vitamin involved in red blood cell production, brain health and DNA synthesis. Methylcobalamin is the most active and best absorbed form of Vitamin B12. Methylcobalamin is most commonly prescribed to treat vitamin B12 deficiency but has been found to help alleviate neuropathies caused by diabetes as well as other nerve related ailments. Several disorders continue to be linked to possible vitamin B12 deficiencies as a contributing factor.
Vitamin B12 is an essential component for proper digestion and absorption of foods as well as for normal metabolism of carbohydrates and fat. Vitamin B12 also interacts with certain neurotransmitters within the brain and has been found to be very effective in helping reduce and improve the symptoms of Autism, other spectrum disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
Cyanocobalamin versus Methylcobalamin
Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of vitamin B12 found only in supplements, while methylcobalamin is a naturally occurring form that you can get through either food sources or supplements. When cyanocobalamin enters your body, the body has to convert it into Methylcobalamin- the active form of vitamin B12- before it can be used.
This is why it is preferred to have the active, most bioavailable form: Methylcobalamin.