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Vitamin B-12 Methylcobalamin: How to Take a Sublingual Tablet
Swanson Health • June 23, 2012

Methylcobalamin is kind of an odd form of vitamin B-12. It’s difficult to pronounce and it has so many different forms that there is a lot of confusion out there revolving around B-12. For a little background, Methylcobalamin is often considered the “higher form” of the Cyanocobalamin B-12 since your body needs to convert Cyanocobalamin into Methylcobalamin… both are B-12, but Methylcobalamin is accepted easier by your body.

As far as the different forms, there’s a lot of personal preference out there… some prefer to just swallow a pill and be done with it. Some prefer a liquid that they can mix into a drink with other supplements so they don’t take as many pills in a day. And some want the faster absorption you get from a sublingual tablet.

Sublingual literally means “under the tongue” and are typically either dissolving tablets or liquids that can absorb under the tongue so it gets into your system quicker than going through the digestive tract. The way to take a sublingual tablet is simply to just put the pill under your tongue and wait, but making sure there is enough saliva under the tongue certainly helps it dissolve faster… some people even rotate it around the bottom of their mouth to keep the saliva flowing over it.

Some sublinguals have more sugars in them that allow them to dissolve faster. But many have less of the sugars since there are so many people who have concerns with sugar so they can take some time to break down (usually 5-10 minutes is the shorter time and 20-30 minutes is the most time). Thankfully, they are typically small tablets and most people can talk normally with one in their mouth, but some people don’t like the feeling of anything in their mouth for very long.

Regardless of which form someone likes to take, they are all good forms of B-12 that will still get into your system and provide benefits for energy, nervous system, and brain health.