It’s probably clear from the name of the site that we think supplements containing methylcobalamin are best, but cyanocobalamin has some advantages too – both cost and availability. (For more on the differences between the two, see our article Methylcobalamin vs Cyanocobalamin.)
Cyanocobalamin is almost invariably cheaper than methylcobalamin, and the extra competition further drives prices down. This means that if you’re on a budget, B12 supplements containing cyanocobalamin could well be the best choice for you.
So with this in mind, we’ve trawled through Amazon (the most trusted e-commerce site on the web) to find the best products that will give your body what it needs.
Nature Made have created a cyanocobalamin product that ticks pretty much every box – their tablets are advertised as vegan, gluten-free and timed release, and they’re even cheap as well. For an alternative, try these supplements from Spring Valley.
Sublingual (under the tongue)
You have a choice of microlozenges (like these cherry-flavored supplements from Nature’s Bounty) or standard sublingual tablets, such as those made by Mason Vitamins or these higher dose supplements. For an exceptionally high dose of 10000mcg, try these supplements from Superior Source.
Multivitamins with Cyanocobalamin
(To see if this is the right choice for you, see our article on multivitamins here.)
Cyanocobalamin is much more prevalent than methylcobalamin in multivitamins, so there’s plenty to choose from. Some of the best available on Amazon are the excellent value for money bottle of 500 multivitamin tablets from Kirkland Signature, a 200-strong bottle from Centrum, or these pills from the ever-popular Nature Made (the cheapest product of all, but they’re the most expensive per tablet).
If you prefer to supplement your vitamin B12 intake using a spray, then this this grape-flavored cyanocobalamin spray receives good reviews and contains a fairly high dose of B12.
Unfortunately many fortified foods don’t mention which type of vitamin B12 they contain, but this fortified whole grain oatmeal cereal lists cyanocobalamin as its B12 ingredient. The other products listed here contain at least 25% of your vitamin B12 RDA, but the type of B12 is not specified. Anyway, the options include Special K Cereal, organic fortified soymilk and even a muffin mix full of vitamins!
We’re hesitant to recommend vitamin B12 shots or injections for personal use due to the increased potential for things to go wrong, as well as the fact that there is strong evidence that high dose oral pills (such as those above) are just as effective as vitamin B12 injections in most situations.
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