How's this for a coincidence. Last Monday my doctor called me with the results of a blood test and told me that I was deficient in vitamin B12 and should stock up on some supplements. The next day, I was given some samples by Sprayology, a company that makes vitamin cocktails that are to be sprayed under the tongue. One of the samples is vitamin B12 and folic acid (a form of vit B). How fortuitous.
I am intrigued by Sprayology because I'm not a big believer in vitamin supplements. Vitamins are most efficiently absorbed by the blood stream and vitamin pills are designed to be absorbed by the digestive system, which is a complex process. This impacts the kind of gel used and whether the vitamins have been chelated to be more bioavailable, how soluble they are etc. In fact, researchers are increasingly questioning vitamin pills and some say we are just wasting our time and money.
My first reaction was to look for natural sources of vitamin B12 in food and discovered that it is only available in a handful of foods and most abundant in molluscs, red meat (for which I have been having serious cravings recently and now know why) and liver. I can't live on a diet of squid (boring), red meat (not good for my overall health) and I don't love liver (besides does anyone know a source in America for grass-fed, organic calves liver?).
So is Sprayology a timely arrival? Maybe. Maybe not. In an amazingly detailed entry about B12 on Wikipedia, I have learned that, unlike other vitamins, B12 is first absorbed via the mouth. That would be a big plus for Sprayology. However, a 2003 study concluded that the "sublingual route" (spraying under the tongue) wasn't any better than pill popping.
Still, I've got the Sprayology B12 and Folic Acid ($24) right here and all I have to do is squirt under my tongue five times twice a day. It tastes pleasantly of apple juice. It is interesting that Sprayology has positioned its 20 vitamin sprays almost as if they were cosmetic rather than medical - the bottles look rather like those little facial sprays of Evian water.
I also have a spray called Sleep Ease (as I tend to go into coma rather than mere sleep I have little need of it) and another called Immunobooster, which is aimed at those plagued by recurring infections, frequent colds and those sluggish to recover. If anyone would like to join me in this experiment, leave a comment and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Sprayology in the subject line.