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171: Does high B12 mean it’s not getting into the cell?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 171


Question: Does high B12 mean it’s not getting into the cell?

The right way to address that would be to measure serum or urine or both methylmalonic acid MMA, and that's a functional marker that's very specific to B12. If B12 was not getting into the cell, then methylmalonic acid is going to be high.

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080: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, December 2, 2020

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