Is it safe to take 500 mcg of b12 daily?

Are you the type of person who always seems to be tired, no matter how much sleep you get? Do you find yourself needing an energy boost every afternoon just to make it through the day? If so, you may have heard that taking vitamin B12 supplements can help fix those problems.

But is it really safe to take high doses of vitamin B12 every day?

What is Vitamin B12?

Before we dive in, let’s talk about what exactly vitamin B-12 (YES. In scientific language we use hyphens as well!) actually is. Also known as cobalamin, this water-soluble vitamin helps with the production of DNA and red blood cells in your body. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can lead to a variety of issues such as megaloblastic anemia or tingling sensations in hands and feet (which trust us-you don’t want!) Primarily found only in animal-based foods like meat, poultry and dairy products making it particularly important for vegans who won’t consume these vital food sources..

How Much Vitamin B12 Do You Need?

Generally speaking; most adults need around 2.4 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin b-1 daily—U.S based publications suggest similar figures albeit often suggesting slightly higher numbers per age-group . However optimal intake varies from one individual to another depending on age,gendre etc . Some individuals would benefit hugely from consuming additional levels due their dietary habits while others should not exceed recommended standards (we’ll give examples later)

Exploring The Safety Issue

Is ingestion at levels exceeding prescribed recommendations going cause any health complications ? This will depend primarily on the individual’s current overall health but also whether they are treating specific conditions with medications which could conflict with higher supplementation amounts than advised . Ultimately studies investigating effects are ongoing , however there are still some benefits to supplementing with Vitamin b12.

Possible Side Effects of Taking Too Much B-12

While it’s unlikely that taking extra vitamin B12 will be dangerous, over-consumption could present mild symptoms such as :

  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns (everyone is awake then !)
  • Nausea
  • An upset stomach resembling a minor case of food-poisoning , those who frequent an establishment with questionable hygiene may not even notice !

However, no deaths caused by consuming excessive amounts(!) of this important nutrient has ever been reported.

So what happens if you take far too much over the recommended allowances? Intake levels at ‘mega-dose’ quantities (far exceeding any supplementation recommendations!) can lead to nerve damage & increase risk of cardiovascular issues -so we definitely don’t recommend going beyond prescribed limits.

It’s imperative that individuals safely monitor their supplemental intake in conjunction with professional medical opinions and follow recommended guidelines. Don’t worry about asking your doctor dumb questions; after all they’ve heard worse!

Who Needs Extra Vitamin B12?

Individuals who may require additional doses include:


As previously mentioned vegans are particularly susceptible to lower levels of B12 sources . One study found vegetarians and vegans were at greater risk for serious deficiencies since there vegan/vegetarian diets rarely provide sufficient amounts (except in fortified meals). So root vegetables alone might not save the day here folks—we’d recommend supplements just to be safe!

H.pylori victims:

A pesky bacteria which causes chronic digestive conditions leaving many silenced and seeking alternative remedies yet somehow always makes itself known during moments requiring radio silence! Ironically one area which shows promise in lessening lasting gastric distress inflicted by H.Pylori infection appears to come from increasing doses of vitamin-b(allowing inflammation reduction) .

Senior citizens :

Older folks tend to absorb vitamin B12 less efficiently than younger individuals. The National Institutes of Health recommend that those aged 50 and older get their levels tested periodically (roughly every five years) and supplement if necessary.

So if you fall into any of these categories, it may be worth talking to your doctor about adding advisable doses of vitamin B12 supplements into your daily routine.

How Long Does It Take for Vitamin B12 Supplements to Work?

If you’re taking vitamin B-13 out on a daily basis at the right dosing ,its usually only takes a few days to experience an energy boost . As for correcting more chronic deficiencies such as nerve damage:it could take weeks or months before progress shows significant improvement .

Also keep in mind that unlike other vitamins which can build up in excess, quantity intake aids B-12 absorption; so there isn’t much harm in going over where appropriate – however once again it’s important not too far exceed recommended limits.

Should You Worry About Taking Too Much Vitamin-B?

For most people the key issue about taking higher doses is avoiding potential and minor symptoms above mentioned earlier — still its imperative following physicians orders when supplementing with any medication/nutrient discovery(especially one important enough our vegan friends need).

Focus primarily determining current needs/deficiancies after speaking with medical professionals ,then proceed with consuming safe amounts through fortified meal choices /capsules/injections–or hopefully all three together((hybridized health!).

The bonus feature? It’s doubtful this path will lead to anyone being exposed the dangers normally associated with scientific research (i.e lighting bunsen burners & possibly starting a fire) but always identify opportunity depending upon how amusing weird shaped flames can seem!

Ultimately whether Vitamin-b-rich foods are fueling our bodies or we opt for capsule formats,it cannot be underestimated how vital regular consumption is for top optimal health(and occasionally to survive moments of comical humiliation) .

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