The supplements industry gets bigger every year, but consumers are a lot more savvy than they used to be. More and more people are looking closely at the ingredients and doing their own research. What do all those long chemical names actually mean, and what do they do? Do I want methylcobalamin or cyanocobalamin? And even when you’ve decided that methylcobalamin is the best form of B12, you have to choose between dozens of brands with similar products. So which methylcobalamin brands are best?
(If you just want to know which supplement to take without reading about all the little differences, take a look at our Recommended Supplements page.)
Cost of Methylcobalamin Supplements
Methylcobalamin tablets that seem to be more or less exactly the same can cost more from different brands. Often this is a case of well known brands being able to charge more simply because you’ve heard the name before – just think of Apple for the perfect example of brand recognition in action!
This means that if you’re buying methylcobalamin supplements from brands like Thorne Research, Jarrow Formulas or Garden of Life, you’ll probably be spending more than you would if you went with some new unknown company.
This really muddies the waters when looking at the cost of methylcobalamin supplements. One brand offering tablets at twice the price of another brand for the same number of pills could still be better value.
For example, if the first brand’s tablets are 5000mcg each and the others are only 1000mcg, then you only need to take one of the former instead of five of the latter. So it actually works out cheaper in the long run to buy the first, more expensive brand!
What Type Of Supplement Do You Want?
Long gone are the days where oral tablets were your only choice. Now the market is full of options, including sublingual tablets (which dissolve under the tongue), skin patches, sprays and even lollipops!
Which style of supplement is best for you depends largely on personal taste, as all these supplements are capable of doing the job.
Many methylcobalamin supplements contain extra ingredients like artificial sweeteners. No matter what somebody else recommends, it’s always important to read the label so you know exactly what you’re getting. If for example you’re allergic to a particular sweetener, then obviously you’ll need to avoid certain supplements!
More significant for most people is the fact that some brands include folate/folic acid in their B12 supplements e.g. these capsules. Whether or not you need it depends on your personal situation, but you can read more about the link between B12 and folic acid here.
The truth is that the differences between products offered by various methylcobalamin brands won’t really matter for most people. It’s much more of an issue when you’re choosing a multivitamin, as the composition of multivits can vary hugely from one brand to another.
Do You Have Other Requirements?
If you want your methylcobalamin supplement to be vegan, there’s still plenty of choice. Take a look at these sublingual tablets from Deva Vegan, these oral pills from Pure Encapsulations (which are also non-GMO) or this spray from Pure Advantage.
Garden of Life produces excellent supplements that are vegan, organic, gluten free, non-GMO and made from real nutritious foods. Their methylcobalamin spray is brilliant (although the dosage is relatively low), and their multivitamins are among the best.
The Most Reputable Methylcobalamin Brands
There are plenty of well respected methylcobalamin brands that you can’t really go wrong with. Some of our favorites (along with links to their pages on Amazon) are below:
- Thorne Research
- Garden of Life
- Jarrow Formulas
- Pure Advantage
- Natural Factors
- Deva Vegan Vitamins
- Wonder Laboratories
- Pure Encapsulations
Are Bigger Brands Better?
A single study several years ago found that some of the bigger methylcobalamin brands were actually outperformed by smaller, less well known brands. But of course that won’t always be true in general, and most people are happy to stick to what they know is going to work.
When it comes to dietary supplements, industry standards are very high and regulations are strict, so you’ll probably be fine whatever you choose. Having said that, smaller and newer companies have a bigger chance of going bankrupt than established methylcobalamin brands, which could leave you with nowhere to turn if something did go wrong.
If you’re in any doubt at all, just spend some time reading the reviews on Amazon. At the time of writing, Wonder Laboratories’ methylcobalamin tablets have an average of 4.4/5 stars from over 150 reviews. Deva Vegan vitamins beat even that, with 4.8 stars from 300+ reviews. And you’ll struggle to find anything better than the methylcobalamin tablets offered by Jarrow Formulas that have been reviewed more than 2200 times and are still averaging a very impressive 4.4 stars.
Get any of those products and you’re more or less guaranteed that you’re getting a great deal. If you’ve found a product that sounds too good to be true and doesn’t have many (or any!) reviews, then it’s probably best avoided.
Most of our recommended supplements have already been mentioned above, but you can see the full list here. It features many of our favorite methylcobalamin brands, and we’re certain you’ll be happy with whichever one you choose! 🙂