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How long does it take your B12 sub-lingual to dissolve?

Sacgirl
on 6/10/10 8:39 am - Elk Grove, CA
I'm using the one from BA and it take between 20 - 30 minutes to disolved.   That just seems like too long.  Or is it just about right?

  
      
fatfreemama
on 6/10/10 8:46 am - San Jose, CA
RNY on 12/07/09 with
I use the same and it seems sometime to take 30-45 minutes to dissolve for me.
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MoLawEd
on 6/10/10 8:47 am - Cambridge, MA
I've noticed that with the BA.  I switched to Solgar, which dissolve much faster and are available at Vitamin Shoppe.  My B12 levels are way high >2000, so in my experience the Solgar are working okay.

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Krista C.
on 6/10/10 8:53 am - Longwood, FL
I do the shot each month, and the sublingual daily from Wal-mart - they are teeny and take about 3-4 mins to dissolve.  Just had my labs 2 weeks ago and everything was perfect.
Krista
RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery on 11/24/09
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Pam T.
on 6/10/10 8:58 am - Saginaw, MI
I dunno... maybe 15 seconds???

I get mine from Walmart - I think the brand is Spring Valley?? But yes, I've heard the Bariatric Advantage ones don't dissolve very easily.

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Deidra B.
on 6/10/10 9:01 am - Somerset, KY
I get mine from The Vitamin Shoppe and it seems to take mine a while to dissolve as well. On the bottle it says "30 seconds" and well, only in my wildest dreams would it dissolve in that time frame...lol. My levels are great though!
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on 6/10/10 9:03 am - Makawao, HI
I get mine from Celebrate and they disolve in about 20 seconds.
chelle614
on 6/10/10 9:06 am - Chester, NY
I have the BA ones too. Try jamming your tongue down tightly on top of it, usually helps dissolve faster. But I am switching brands when they run out.

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poet_kelly
on 6/10/10 9:17 am - OH
I think some brands take a lot longer than others.  That sounds ridiculously annoying.  I'd try a different brand. 

I don't use a sublingual so I can't suggest which one might be better.  I do shots.

Kelly
Linda D.
on 6/10/10 9:18 am - Armada, MI
RNY on 02/09/10 with
Well... How many licks to the center of a Toostie Pop?

I really don't know because I usually lose patience and end up chomping down on the little bugger (the vitamin B, not the Tootsie Pop) just to make it go away.

Is that bad?
Pam T.
on 6/10/10 9:54 am - Saginaw, MI
Yes that's bad.  The whole point is that the B12 needs to be absorbed through the blood vessels underneath your tongue (go look in the mirror, they are super close to the surface).  So you need to let it dissolve fully under your tongue. 

Swallowing your B12 won't do you any good because the hormone Intrinsic Factor that's produced in your lower stomach to process B12 in your digestive tract has been bypassed.  Yes, you can passively absorb about 2-3% of swallowed B12, but to get the amount you need, you'd need to be taking massive doses of daily B12 in a swallowed dose.

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Linda D.
on 6/10/10 12:00 pm - Armada, MI
RNY on 02/09/10 with
Thanks, Pam.  I will change my ways!
fatfreemama
on 6/10/10 11:53 pm - San Jose, CA
RNY on 12/07/09 with
 Hi Pam,
Can you please explain something to me.  I know we now have to take sublingual B12.  However, my son recently had a bowel resection due to his Crohn's, and they removed 15cm of his lower intestine that connects to the colon, 10% of his colon and his appendix.  His surgeon, who was also my surgeon, said that was the part of the intestine where B12 is absorbed, so now my son is taking my B12 sublingual for life too.  But I thought it was the top part of our intestine by the stomach that was bypassed, and we would still have the lower part near the colon.  So why don't we absorb B12?  Is it the processing by the Intrinsic Factor that you mention?

Jan
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Half Marathons: Napa:  7/18/10  (4:11:21)   7/17/11 (3:30:58)   7/15/12  (3:13:11.5) 
                        
 SJ Rock and Roll: 10/2/10 (3:58:22)  Run Surf City: 2/6/11 (3:19:54) 
                         Diva: 5/6/12 (3:35:00) 
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Pam T.
on 6/11/10 6:03 am - Saginaw, MI
B12 actually has two parts to its absorption process. 

Part 1 --- in the lower part of the stomach the body produces the hormone "Intrinsic Factor" - this hormone allows the B12 to be extracted from food and supplements and prepared for the body's absorption further down the tract.  Without Intrinsic Factor, there is not absorption later in the digestive process. 

Part 2 --- once the B12 is extracted and ready for absorption, the actual absorption spot is in the lower small intestine (the section your son had removed).  So your son can prepare the B12 for absorption, but he can't absorb the prepared vitamin. 

So you and your son are basically opposites.  You can't prepare it but you can absorb it. He can prepare it but can't absorb it.  But without both parts, nothing happens with the B12 - it just flushes straight through with minimal useage.

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Pam T.
on 6/11/10 6:06 am - Saginaw, MI
You  might also want to check out this diagram: http://www.pamtremble.com/uploads/Digestive_System_Absorptio n.pdf 

See the section in the Ileum where B12 is absorbed?  Notice he'll also malabsorb Vitamin C & D & K, Folate and Magnesium.  All of those micronutrients also have other absorption spots, so he should be fine... but it's worth knowing and keeping an eye on it just in case.

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fatfreemama
on 6/11/10 9:24 am - San Jose, CA
RNY on 12/07/09 with
 Thanks Pam for all the info.  I'm going to save it so we can keep an eye on him.  Like the diagram, just trying to figure it all out.  The colon and large intestine are the same thing, right?
Bay to Breakers 12K May 15, 2011 (1:54:40)           First 5K 5/23/11 (41:22)
Half Marathons: Napa:  7/18/10  (4:11:21)   7/17/11 (3:30:58)   7/15/12  (3:13:11.5) 
                        
 SJ Rock and Roll: 10/2/10 (3:58:22)  Run Surf City: 2/6/11 (3:19:54) 
                         Diva: 5/6/12 (3:35:00) 
HW/SW/CW  349/326/176
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein

Mountain Mama
on 6/10/10 9:49 am - Evansville, IN
I use the Nature's Bounty 2500mcg subligual.  It takes under a minute to dissolve.
                 
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kbowman2
on 6/10/10 9:58 am
Spring Valley from Walmart...30 seconds under the tongue and Poof!  done.

Kim
Heaviest 397/ Before Surgery 367/ Lowest 170/ Current 185
      

Cicerogirl, The PhD
Version

on 6/10/10 10:23 am - OH
I use the B12 "dots" from Twin Labs and they are gone in much less than 5 minutes!  I bought some of the BA ones, tried them, hated their rough texture and how damn long it takes to dissolve, and went back to the Twin Labs.

That's three strikes for me and BA (their vitamins are not any better than Centrum, the calcium lozenges were gross, and the B12 takes too long to idssolve).  Guess who won;t be trying any more of the BA products...?

Lora

 7 years out and maintaining 190 pounds lost!  

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rbednarski
on 6/10/10 11:24 am
RNY on 04/23/10 with
I use Trader Joe's and it takes about 10 seconds.
 
      
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