The Importance of Vitamin B12

According to recent studies, many people over the age of 50 lack enough stomach acid to adequately absorb vitamin B-12. Since the vitamin is also found naturally only in animal products, vegetarians and vegans can also be at risk of deficiency.

Vitamin B12 is crucial to keeping the brain healthy, and it's also critical to the health of just about every cell and system, including the blood and nervous system. The liver stores it for us, so even when we don't get it every day, we usually aren't at risk of deficiency for a while.

The trick with vitamin B12, however, is absorption. The stomach has to secrete enough acid plus the digestive enzyme pepsin to extract vitamin B12 from food. Once it's free, the nutrient has to combine with a protein known as intrinsic factor secreted by the stomach lining, which protects it while it's transported to the small intestine for absorption. That means we have to have a healthy stomach and a well-functioning pancreas (which produces the digestive enzymes) in order to properly absorb vitamin B12.

The following factors can contribute to poor absorption of this vitamin:

¢ Age over 50 (if there aren't enough stomach acids)
¢ Heavy drinking (leads to inflammation of the stomach, affecting digestion)
¢ Poor diet
¢ Unhealthy gastrointestinal system
¢ Surgery that removes part of the stomach or small intestine
¢ Inflammatory bowel disease
¢ Autoimmune disorders
¢ Long-term use of acid-reducing drugs (like Nexium, Pepcid, and Zantac)
¢ Vegetarianism or veganism

Tips to Increase Vitamin B12

1. Food: Increase your intake of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy.
Alcohol: Don't consume more than the recommended intake of one serving per day for women, and two for men.
2. Supplements: If you don't regularly consume foods that are good sources of vitamin B, consider a daily dietary supplement.
3. Drink cranberry juice: A study published in 2005 indicated that eating cranberries or drinking cranberry juice may help increase the absorption of vitamin B12. Cranberry capsules at doses of 300 to 1,200 mg per day may also work.
4. Calcium: Calcium is necessary for vitamin B12 absorption, so make sure you're getting enough of this nutrient, as well.
5. Consider caffeine: Caffeine stimulates the production of stomach acid, which helps the body absorb vitamin B12. Just be careful not to consume too much, as then you may experience other symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, and edginess.


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MISMO MSM - 440g / Ultra-Pure Distilled - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - 850g / Ultra-Pure Distilled - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief


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MSM is known to be highly effective in joint health, muscle recovery, sports nutrition, immune support, and healthy ageing. 

What is MSM?

MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane or Dimethyl Sulfone) is an organic sulphur compound found in all living organisms. It is the purest and most bio-available form of sulphur, one of the essential minerals crucial to life and the regeneration of cells. MSM has traditionally been taken as a food supplement to increase joint health for flexibility and mobility, as well as for strong hair and nails, beautiful skin, and other health conditions from leaky gut syndrome to mild arthritis, osteoporosis, and psoriasis. 

Why do we need to supplement with MSM?

Natural MSM is largely destroyed when our food is processed and can be lost entirely when foods and ingredients are stored for a long period of time. MSM bonds with moisture, so any food which undergoes any sort of dehydration will lack its natural MSM.

For these reasons, and because MSM is so critical for almost every athletic function in active bodies, it is important to consistently supplement with a quality MSM nutritional supplement 

How does MSM work at the cellular level?

Collagen is the principal structural protein holding the skin together and is largely responsible for the skin’s mechanical properties.  Sulphur is integral to the production of collagen and elastin, and MSM is a source of organic Sulphur. 

Approximately half of the body's sulphur content is found in the skin, muscles, cartilage and bones.

How can MSM benefit your skin, hair and nails?

  • Protecting collagen against collagen degrading enzymes
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen and elastin production
  • Boosting the natural production of Glutathione, one of the body's key anti-oxidants ... as an anti-oxidant, MSM will boost the immune system and reduce pigmentation and cellular damage
  • Acting as an anti-inflammatory agent by reducing the production of cytokines (compounds that cause inflammation)
  • Maintaining skin cell membrane flexibility and permeability, promoting an efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products to help keep skin clear
  • Helping to maintaining the body's pH balance

How can MSM help with joint health and support? 

MSM has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a natural alternative to help reduce pain from mild arthritis and osteoarthritis related symptoms.

How does MISMO MSM help with exercise recovery?

Our muscles, skin, bones, organs, and connective tissue all rely on sulphur and without it our bodies can not function properly.  MSM is an important nutritional supplement for anyone living an active lifestyle, as it delivers the sulphur and methyl nutrients which are key to the structure of healthy cells in muscle and connective tissue.

MSM is valued by bodybuilders, strength, and power athletes because it supports healthy and flexible cell structures and can help reduce the inflammation of muscle tissue and can offset muscle soreness and joint pain caused by inflammation.

Where is MSM found and how is it manufactured?

MSM is found in the fluid and tissue of all living organisms. It is present in a variety of foods including raw vegetables, eggs, milk and fish, but is lost through cooking and food processing. One of the richest natural supplies is pine trees and cabbage.

Although MSM is abundant in nature, even the richest natural sources only provide MSM in the level of several parts per million. Commercial extraction of MSM from trees is not possible so a process is undertaken which parallels the natural oxidation that occurs in the marine atmosphere and produces MSM that is chemically identical to that found in nature.

Click here for a detailed explanation of how MSM is manufactured.

How pure is MISMO MSM?

Every batch of our MSM is rigourously tested by an independent laboratory to ensure the highest quality, minimum 99.99% pure MSM.

    How much MISMO MSM should I be taking?

    An average dose is between 2 to 6 grams daily. Most people take a teaspoon (approx. 4 grams) daily. If more relief is needed, increase the dose slowly. Can be taken in water or juice after breakfast, although there are no rules as to when you should take MSM.

    A word of caution ... some people find if they take MSM late in the day, after 4 or 5pm, they do not sleep as well, as it energises them. This is not a general occurrence but worth mentioning.

    WARNINGS: If taking Warfarin or strong blood thinners, do not take MSM without your doctor's approval. Not to be taken by children without a health professional's advice.  MSM can also interfere with the accuracy of the blood test for liver enzymes by sometimes producing false positive results. It is recommended you cease taking MSM at least 4 days before these blood tests. You can resume after the test.

    Is MISMO MSM listed with the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration)?

    Yes, click here to view the TGA listing for MISMO MSM


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