Our friends at Purathrive wrote an amazing post on their blog here, about how B12 might be the vitamin you need to speed up your recovery. Check Purathrive’s blog below.
Thomas DeLauer, a PuraTHRIVE Partner, celebrity trainer and nutrition expert, has been making sure that people know all about all the great benefits of PuraTHRIVE’s products, including Liposomal Vitamin B12.
He has also sought out experts in the field to get their opinions on the products, and learn more about how they can benefit people.
Dr. Landon Pryor is a plastic surgeon, and a Fellow on the American Board of Surgeons. He had some important insight, from a surgical perspective, on recovery.
Recovery Starts with Inflammation…
You absolutely need inflammation, though it has a bad reputation and sounds a little scary. Inflammation is responsible for bringing the healing cells to the location of an injury.
But, Dr. Landon says: “without the right kinds of nutrition, including B12, you won’t be able to heal from anything, especially surgery.”
B12 is critical to the formation of red blood cells, which deliver oxygen.
Cyclists and intense athletics will often do what’s called “blood doping” and other practices in an effort to increase their red blood cell count, because not only is it important for recovery, but it also helps with performance.
As Dr. Landon points out, in an interview he did with Thomas, “as it pertains to surgery, without vitamin B12 you’re not going to be able to bring those healing red blood cells to the area of injury and the recovery is going to be slower, you’re not going to be able to heal as well. This makes it critically important to maximize your B12 supplementation or diet prior to and after surgery so that you’re able to heal as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
In a sense, a workout is a kind of surgery…
During a workout you’re stretching and pushing your muscles, causing microtrauma. If you frequent a gym or workout from home, you’re probably aware that your body goes through a recovery period after your workout as a result.
You need red blood cells to ensure oxygen and nutrient delivery to your cells, so that your muscles and tissues can heal from the trauma of your workout.
Red blood cells work simultaneously with your hemoglobins, which are responsible for moving the waste away from your cells. This means the carbon dioxide is removed from your body and the inflammation is relieved, allowing your body the opportunity to properly heal.
Why is this important? Well, have you tried pushing yourself to workout, or accomplish more physically (whether that be cleaning, sports, long walks, etc.) the day after a strenuous workout – especially when you know you haven’t hydrated or slept enough, or you haven’t provided your body with the right nutrition? It’s rough! You’re stiff, sore and unable to achieve the same kind of workout or results.
In Dr. Landon’s practice he actually encourages B12 supplementation for those facing surgery or strenuous physical activity, because he knows that without it recovery will take longer, and his patient’s discomfort will be prolonged.
Other patients of Dr. Landon’s are looking for B12 supplementation to help with energy levels and performance.
Dr. Landon offers weekly injections of B12 for these purposes.
Wait… did you say injections?!
Yes… B12 can be directly injected into your body, and is very effective. It bypasses the initial digestion process, so it doesn’t have to go through your liver first, and goes right to work in your body.
The problem is, once it’s used up, you have to go back to your doctor for another shot.
There are other ways to supplement B12…
You could get Cyanocobalamin…
This is the B12 pills and supplements that you see on the shelf in stores.
That cyano prefix on the name, that stands for cyanide. This seems counterintuitive, since cyanide can actually stop oxygen from getting into your red blood cells.
Plus, cyanide is a poison, used in “kill pills” for astronauts stuck in space, etc. This isn’t something you really want in your body.
Also, this form of B12 can be difficult for your body to properly absorb, so you don’t get the full benefits of the supplement you’re taking.
What you need is Methylcobalamin…
Methylcobalamin stays in the body for longer periods of time and in greater volume than cyanocobalamin.
This form of B12 is easier on your liver too, since it doesn’t have to work so hard to break it down (whereas with cyanocobalamin it has to separate the cyanide from the cobalamin and then detox).
Methylcobalamin will get the job done, but supplements that use this form of B12 are difficult to find.