BOOST YOUR B

EAT MORE OF IT

Women's Health Australia - - BEST BODY -

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

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