Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Any Info on B-12 and Remedies For Leg Cramps

Q: Can you tell me why there is such a price difference in purchasing B12? It seems to come in many different forms also. I was told I was low in B12 but I’m not even sure what it can do for me.

A: Did you know that nearly 40% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin B12? There are many things that can cause this deficiency; such as:

  • Anyone over the age of 40
  • Prescription medications, including birth control
  • Too much caffeine

Signs of a B12 deficiency are neurological symptoms such as numbness or burning sensations, usually in the hands and feet, fatigue, poor memory, depression and poor circulation. Many people with MS and Parkinson’s benefit from using B12.
B12 does come in many different forms. You want to look for a sublingual form; tablets, liquid, spray form or in a convenient strip that also acts as a breath freshener. These are all highly bio-available because it goes directly into your blood stream, whereas a pill must be absorbed in the stomach and intestines, thereby reducing the amount that goes into your bloodstream.
Now, for the most important part. The reason for the price difference is that there are two types of B12, cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin. You always want to take methylcobalamin. This type is the most efficient type of B12 and can be properly utilized by the body. The other type has to borrow a methyl donor and go through several steps to be absorbed. The methyl type is more expensive, but remember, you get what you pay for in the vitamin world. You want it to work for you, so it is worth the extra pennies.

Q: Do you know of any remedies for leg cramps?

A: Yes. My favorite remedy is an old-fashioned Amish remedy called “Stops Leg & Foot Cramps” by Caleb Treeze Organic Farm. It consists of apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic juice. I have to be honest, I don’t really care for the taste, but by the time I swallow it, my cramp is gone! It is almost magical. You can mix it in water if it tastes too strong. I highly recommend it.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011. www.morethanherbsonline.com.