However, if you are looking for a nutritional solution to supplement your diet,  both a methylcobalamin or cyanocobalamin supplement will work for you.

On the balance of scientific evidence, the body may absorb cyanocobalamin better, but methylcobalamin is generally thought to have better retention rate because of its bioavailability. It also comes without any toxicity.

In addition, methylcobalamin comes with a valuable methyl group that may have additional health benefits.

In my opinion, the average person in good health won't go wrong with either. Getting more B12 can never be a bad thing.

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