Recently I introduced my new supplement Hepataclear, a liver detoxification powder with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to help support optimal liver function. Something that separates Hepataclear from other protein powders is the presence of activated B vitamins . Over the last few days patients keep asking me what does it mean to have activated b vitamins? So I thought I would take some time to explain.
Normally in cheaper/lower quality vitamins you have forms of B vitamins that need to be converted to their active/biological/usable forms. The main three that I focus on are vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and Folate. In supplements these can come in many forms and the three that I try to avoid are pyridoxine hcl (vitamin B6), cyanocobalamin (vitamin b12), and folic acid (folate). Please take some time to go look in your cabinet at your supplements to see what you are taking.
These lower quality forms are often used because they are cheaper and have a longer shelf life. As far as scientist are concerned they are equal because under ideal conditions they are converted by specialized enzymes in your body to their active forms; Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate (activated vitamin B6), methylcobalamin/hydroxycobalamin/adenosylcobalamin (activated vitamin B12), and methyltetrahydrofolate (activated folate). Unfortunately we are finding out that a large portion of the population does not convert these cheaper vitamins as well as we thought and even worse they can cause health issues.
To avoid unconverted vitamins I just avoid the cheap ones all together and focus on providing my patients with quality B vitamins. This way your body is actually getting what it can readily use without having to go through multiple step conversions. Protein powders just about always have folic acid and cyanocobalamin so I am glad to be able to provide patients with a healthy alternative. If you have a protein powder with these un-natural forms of B vitamins and want better option then consider Hepataclear.