BOOST YOUR B
EAT MORE OF IT
Good news! You can score the daily dose of 2.4 micrograms of B12 via food, according to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. Plate up these guys:
SWALLOW A SUPP
Pop a 1000mcg supplement two to three times a week (unless your doc suggests otherwise). Research in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology shows pills and dissolvable tablets are equally effective. But if you’re deficient in only B12, don’t buy a multivitamin or a vitamin B complex. “If the vitamin is in [one of those] formats, it might be in a smaller dosage than if you take [the] lone nutrient,” says Clark. Point taken.
GET A JAB AT THE GP
Been diagnosed as deficient? You can get B12 injections at your doctor’s office or pharmacy wellness clinics. If you haven’t been diagnosed, don’t buy into the fad: while taking in more B12 won’t hurt you (you’ll just pee out what you don’t need), doctors suspect that the energy lift that some non-deficient people feel after a jab is just a placebo effect. Yep, very good to know! WH