A few days ago, my mom asked me about Vitamin B12 and increasing her energy levels. She’s in her late 70’s and asked about vitamin B12 SHOTS … you know, with a needle!
I asked her, “why do you want a shot?…” and she said “that’s how we did it in the old days and it really increased my energy levels… Unfortunately, it also increased my appetite!”.
And That’s The “Problem” With Vitamin B12
Vitamins (including B12) do not directly serve as a source of energy, but they aid the enzymes that generate energy from the FOODS you eat — such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Thus, they play a major role in helping out in the chemical reactions that leads to the generation of energy.
So it’s foods + vitamins = MORE ENERGY
And in the case of B12, the increase in appetite causes you to eat more and THAT is the reason you have “more energy”.
Unfortunately, the extra eating typically causes weight gain!
However, there is a bigger problem…
Taking Vitamin B12 by itself, will cause a deficiency in your other B-Vitamins. This can cause LESS energy due to imbalances. More on this in a minute…
Vitamins For Energy
So you never want to take a single vitamin by itself, unless you’ve been tested to be deficient in THAT specific vitamin.
As you know, there are dozens of vitamins… so, which are the best and in what amount?
- B1 helps form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which every cell of the body uses for energy.
- B2 helps build red blood cells. Women who are anemic, need more of this vitamin. This also turns your pee bright yellow. It works with B6 for energy metabolism.
- B3 works in combination with CoQ10, to optimize mitochondria – which is the “powerhouse of energy”.
- B5 helps release energy from sugars, starches, and fats.
- B6 is important for protein metabolism.
- B7 – Biotin boosts your metabolism and allows your muscles to contract better. It’s also important for hair, nails and skin.
- B12 helps increase your metabolism (but too much, will also increase your appetite).
- C helps in the synthesis of carnitine, which helps utilize fats for energy.
- D3 is vitally important. It’s formed from the sun. It interacts with the sleep hormone, Melatonin. It increases mental energy.
So these are the most effective. You’ll notice most of them being the “B Vitamins”, which as stated earlier — help turn the foods you eat into more usable energy.
Additionally, the correct combination will NOT increase your appetite… So you won’t gain weight and typically, you’ll LOSE weight!
The main problem is that you can’t just go take a bunch of vitamins or a “B Complex” vitamin and expect to have more energy.
There is a REAL SCIENCE with the ratios and dosages!
Otherwise, if you take too much of one, it’ll create a deficiency in another vitamin and you’ll have even less energy and more problems. Does this make sense?…
My Personal Favorite Solution
Additionally, if you want more energy both mentally AND physically, you’ll need more than just vitamins. There are a few very effective and safe herbs and amino acids that can dramatically boost your energy levels.
Many years ago I was always tired because of too much work, school, responsibilities, stress, not sleeping enough, etc., etc. Something I’m sure you can relate to.
Then I found a great formula that gave me more natural energy, all day long. And it improved my mental focus as well.
Take a look at this short video and see if you can benefit as well.