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Vitamin B12 Gold
Non-GMO Project VerifiedThe Non-GMO Project Verified seal is a guarantee that an item is manufactured using the very best practices for GMO avoidance.
Certified by Vegan ActionAll products certified by Vegan Action must comply with the philosophy of “ethical veganism,” which rejects the commodity status of animals.
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Non-GMO verified, biologically-active B12 complex with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin to support cellular energy, cognitive health, and overall emotional wellness.*
- Biologically-active B12 complex
- Includes both methylcobalamin & adeonsylcobalamin
- Non-GMO Project™ Verified
- Certified by Vegan Action
- Ko® Kosher Certified
- Made without chemical additives
- Made without magnesium stearate
We know that you entrust us with your health and the health of loved ones when you purchase a NutriGold product and this is not a responsibility we take lightly. This is one reason why we are uncompromising in our commitment to making the best-in-class products using ingredients with a history of safe use.
We also recognize that when it comes to supplements, quality is not self-evident and that there is no reliable way for a consumer to know just by looking at a product whether or not it actually contains what it claims to contain on the label. And although we cannot speak to the quality of products by other brands, we want to make sure you have the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision about NutriGold products.
In the spirit of authentic transparency and to assist you in making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one, we have put together an “Informed Purchasing Decision” checklist that includes essential information about where the ingredients in this product are sourced from, where the finished product is manufactured, what tests are performed on our raw materials and/or finished products, and which third-party certifiers have evaluated the product’s compliance with objective quality standards.
Our Values in Practice
This product is manufactured in the USA using Non-GMO Project™ verified ingredients and packaged using eco-friendly materials. Click here to learn more about our sustainability commitment.
This product is made without chemical additives and provides essential, bioavailable B-12 as methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. Click here to learn more about our quality commitment.
This product has been independently verified by accredited labs in the USA to meet stringent purity and overall quality standards.Click here to learn more about our accountability commitment.
Summary of third-party test results is available in lot-specific ‘Certificates of Analysis’ under the ‘Documentation Section.’Click here to learn more about our transparency commitment.
|Informed Purchasing Decision Checklist|
|Country of Manufacture of the finished product||USA|
|Country of Origin of raw materials used in the product||
Methyl B-12 (China), Adenosyl B-12 (China), Organic Amaranth Sprout (USA), Organic Quinoa Sprout (USA), Organic Millet Sprout (USA), Organic Buckwheat Sprout (USA) Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout (USA), Organic Lentil Sprout (USA), Organic Adzuki Sprout (USA), Organic Flax Sprout (USA), Organic Sunflower Sprout (USA), Organic Pumpkin Sprout (USA), Organic Chia Sprout (USA), Organic Sesame Sprout (USA), Organic Broccoli Sprout (USA), Vegan Capsule (USA, Europe)†
|Capsule size||Size 3 (Length: 15.7 mm Diameter: 5.85 mm)|
|Capsule type||Veggie (hypromellose (cellulose from softwood trees like pine, spruce) and purified water)|
|Active ingredient composition||
Synthetic isolates, organic whole powders
(For more information on the different terms we use to describe the ingredients in our products, please click here.)
|Amount (or %) of active ingredient(s)||Independently verified by third-party lab(s)|
|Microbial contaminants||Raw materials and finished products independently verified to meet USP, NSF, and/or AHPA specifications|
|Heavy metals limits (Inorganic Arsenic, Cadmium Lead, & Mercury)||Raw materials and finished products independently verified to meet USP, NSF, and/or AHPA specifications|
|CA Prop 65 compliant for lead?||Independently verified to contain < 0.5 micrograms of lead at the maximum daily dosage|
|Manufactured without chemical additives?||(confirmed via extensive supply-chain verification)|
|Allergen status||Independently verified to contain < 20 ppm of gluten and < 5 ppm of corn, egg, milk, peanut, shellfish, and soy allergens
|Non-GMO verified?||Verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project™|
|Kosher certified?||Verified by Ko® Kosher Service|
|Vegan certified?||Certified by Vegan Action|
|Suitable for ethical vegans?||(no ingredients derived from or tested on animals)|
|Suitable for dietary vegans?||(no animal-based ingredients)|
|Suitable for vegetarians?||(no animal-based ingredients)|
|Aflatoxins||Verified to meet USP <561> limits for aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, & G2)|
|Residual solvents||Verified to meet USP <467> limits for residual solvents|
|Residual pesticides||Verified to meet USP <561> limits for residual pesticides|
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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Please be advised that the content below is for information purposes only and should not be used to diagnose, treat, or cure a medical condition or as a substitute for a professional medical opinion.
General Questions about Vitamin B12
What is vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient known for having one of the most complex chemical structures of all vitamins. Vitamin B12 is also referred to as cobalamin because it contains a metal ion, cobalt. Vitamin B12 has many important functions in the human body. Vitamin B12 supports cellular energy production by helping the body convert carbohydrates into glucose. Vitamin B12 is also necessary for supporting a healthy nervous system, cognitive health and overall emotional wellness. Even the body’s genetic material, DNA and RNA, requires vitamin B12 for production.
What are some risk factors for a B12 deficiency?
Individuals at risk for B12 vitamin deficiency include alcoholics and those with gastrointestinal disorders such as persistent diarrhea, malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Because adequate levels of stomach acid are required to absorb B12 from food, senior citizens and anyone with reduced levels of stomach acid may be at greater risk of deficiency as well. In addition, strict vegetarians sometimes require supplementation since B12 is mainly found in animal products, not plant-based foods.
Are there any food sources of B12?
Vitamin B12 is mainly found in animal products and not plant-based foods. Reliable sources of vitamin B12 include seafood (sardines, salmon, tuna, cod), and beef, yogurt, cow’s milk, and eggs. Some processed foods, such as cereal, are fortified with small amounts of vitamin B12. It may also be worth noting that certain vegetarian foods, like spirulina or wakame seaweed, often claim to have vitamin B12. However, these plant-based foods typically contain B12 analogues, which may not be properly utilized by the human body.
What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin B12?
The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin B12 for individuals 18 years of age and older is 2.4 mcg. This goes up to 2.8 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.
Is there an established upper toxicity limit for B12?
The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The FNB has not established an upper intake level (UL) for vitamin B12 due to its low level of toxicity.
Can B12 supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?
If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.
- Still have questions?
- For general information about vitamin B-12, check out the resources below—
- Vitamin B12 Fact Sheet for Consumers — Office of Dietary Supplements
- Vitamin B12 — Linus Pauling Institute
- Vitamin B12 — Harvard School of Public Health
- Vitamin B12 in Health and Disease
- For specific guidance on the suitability of vitamin B-12 to support your particular health goals, please talk to your healthcare provider
Questions about B12 Gold
What is the source of B12 in Vitamin B12 Gold?
When formulating our vitamin products our preference is for organic, plant-based nutrients. However, vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically-active plant sources of B12. Our B-12 Gold product provides synthetic B12 in its biologically active forms—methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. These bioactive forms of B12 are produced through microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium. The bacteria used in the process are verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project and verified vegan by Vegan Action.
What are methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin?
Methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin are biologically active forms of vitamin B-12 in the human body. Our products feature both bioactive forms for broad-spectrum benefits. Overall, methylcobalamin supports cardiovascular function, neurological health, and emotional wellness. Adenosylcobalamin is found in cellular tissues where it is stored in the mitochondria and supports cellular energy production.
Why does Vitamin B12 Gold contain organic sprouted foods?
At Nutrigold, we are mindful of the fact that every ingredient in a product, regardless of whether it is an active ingredient that provides a health benefit or an additive that ensures finished product integrity, can and will likely have some impact on consumers’ health. This is why we are philosophically opposed to the use of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or commodity additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide commonly found in most commercially-available supplements. We choose instead to use organic, plant-based, pantry-friendly functional additives that not only have a history of safe use, but may help support the bioavailability and absorption of B12 in the finished product.
How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its B-12 Gold product?
At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.
What assurance can you provide that the amount of vitamin B12 listed on the label is actually in the product?
All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability
Why does B12 Gold provide such a high amount of vitamin B12? Is it safe to take this much?
Healthcare providers often recommend high amounts of supplemental vitamin B12 because only about 1% is passively absorbed in the human body. Customers that are directed to supplement with vitamin B12 are often trying to correct a deficiency and may need more than what would be typically supplied in a daily multivitamin. To date, no upper intake level (UL) has been set by the Food & Nutrition Board for vitamin B12 due to its low level of toxicity and, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, "no toxic or adverse effects have been associated with large intakes of vitamin B12 from food or supplements in healthy people." We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs and we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs.
What is the best time of day to take B12 Gold? Should it be taken with food?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that can generally be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.
Should vitamin B12 be taken in a sublingual form for optimal absorption?
There is little evidence that sublingual forms are more bioavailable or better absorbed than the capsule form. In fact, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, "sublingual and liquid preparations are frequently marketed as having superior bioavailability, although evidence suggests no difference in efficacy between oral and sublingual forms." Considering there is no difference between oral (capsule) and sublingual forms, we offer B12 Gold in capsule form because we are philosophically opposed to the use of any additives that are generally added to sublingual preparations. B12 Gold does, however, include an organic food blend, as a substitute for commodity additives like magnesium stearate or silicon dioxide, which are safe, gentle, and may support the absorption and utilization of B12.
What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?
Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products.
Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?
All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.
Is B-12 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?
B-12 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not B-12 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.
Questions about capsule shell
What is in the capsules used by NutriGold to encapsulate its products?
Depending on the formulation, NutriGold products are encapsulated using cellulose, pullulan, organic pullulan, or soft gel capsules. Information regarding the composition of the capsule shell is provided in the “Informed Purchasing Decision Checklist” and is accurate to the best of our knowledge based on information available in the public domain as well as supply-chain documentation provided by the capsule and soft gel manufacturers/vendors.
Are any processing aids used in the production of the empty vegetarian capsule?
Yes. Minor amounts (~ 3%) of processing aids are used in the production of the empty vegetarian (cellulose) capsule shell. The processing aids used in the manufacturing of the capsule shell have been identified as proprietary by the capsule manufacturer and protected by intellectual property and confidentiality agreements between the capsule manufacturer/vendor and NutriGold. As such, we are legally bound to maintain this information strictly confidential and regret that we cannot provide this information to consumers. We can, however, assure you that the processing aids are non-toxic, generally recognized as safe (GRAS), compliant with both the United States Pharmacopoeia and European Pharmacopoeia, and do not pose an allergen risk.
Are the processing aids used in the production of the empty capsule shells present in the finished product?
Processing aids that are used in the production of the capsule shell may be present in the finished empty capsule shell. We regret we cannot provide precise information on the type of processing aid(s) or the approximate residual amount of the processing aid(s) in the finished capsule shell because it would require us to divulge information proprietary to the capsule manufacturer. We can, however, assure you that the processing aids used in the production of the empty capsule shell are non-toxic, generally recognized as safe (GRAS), compliant with both the United States Pharmacopoeia and European Pharmacopoeia, and do not pose an allergen risk.
I am concerned about a possible allergy to the processing aid(s) used in the production of the capsule shells. How can I find out what processing aids are used so I can determine whether the product is safe for me to take?
Although we make every effort to provide as much information as we can about the ingredients in our products to help consumers make educated purchasing decisions, there may be times when we cannot provide the requested information or clarification because it is proprietary to the manufacturer, as in the case of the processing aids. Disclosing protected information to unauthorized individuals, within and outside our organization, is not just unethical, but also unlawful. If you are concerned about a potential allergy to the processing aid(s) that may have been used in the production of the capsule shell, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider prior to making a purchasing decision.
Why does NutriGold® sometimes use soft gelatin capsules to encapsulate its products?
At NutriGold®, we are committed to offering sustainable products using non-GMO, organic, and/or vegan ingredients, and this includes the capsule shell we use to encapsulate those ingredients. In fact, many of our products are certified vegan by Vegan Action®, helping provide unbiased assurance that the product (and the ingredients it contains) comply with both dietary and ethical vegan standards. However, there are some ingredients (e.g. fish oil, ubiquinol, astaxanthin) that are more sensitive to oxygen and can, consequently, oxidize or degrade. For ingredients like these, bovine gelatin soft gelatin capsule shells offer better protection and help ensure finished product integrity until the end of the shelf-life of the product. That being said, we are hopeful that growing consumer awareness of and demand for vegan options will continue to drive innovation in dietary supplement delivery systems and we are committed to replacing the gelatin soft gels in our products with a clean-label, vegan capsule shell that offers the same protection from the elements as the gelatin capsule when such an option becomes available.