Although I must take a number of pills, I don't enjoy it.
Especially those big horse pills!
When I can find an alternative way to take my supplements and vitamins, other than pills, I'm all for it. I try to get as many of my vitamins naturally, through my food, as possible. But some levels are just not going to be achieved through food alone, so I must supplement.
I recently found a very cool alternative method for a couple of vitamins I like to take:
absorbing through the body's largest organ...the skin!
First, I didn't realize until recently that bathing (or soaking your feet) in Epsom salts can be a decent source of magnesium. I've been taking big, huge, horse pill magnesium, so I'm all for something different! I now take a bath at least once weekly with Epsom salt added. I still take my pills because one or two baths a week isn't enough to cover my full needs, but on those days, I can take less of the pill form (my current pill requires 4 big pills per day!). But, a number of people seemed to know this method when I started asking around...so it's not all that groundbreaking, I guess.
However, the second thing I found was that you can get your Vitamin B12 through a skin-applied cream.
This intrigued me, since many of us simply do not get enough B12 and it can really effect our fatigue level. I really like the idea of simply rubbing a cream on my skin daily for a few seconds in order to get a needed vitamin.
Enter: Vita Sciences Maxasorb Vitamin B12 Cream (Currently on sale for $19.99 for a whole month supply)
Maxasorb B12 is scientifically formulated to topically deliver Vitamin B12. Each full application of lotion (2 pumps) provides 320 micrograms of Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) plus 120 micrograms of Vitamin B3 (niacin) and 10 micrograms of Folate.
Using Maxasorb B12 as directed is a safe and reliable method of absorbing key B-Vitamins. Infused with antioxidants and moisturizers, greaseless Maxasorb is easily absorbed into your skin. Each 1.7 ounce bottle delivers 30 applications of lotion in protected and measured amounts.
Natural ingredients assure this lotion is gentle to your skin.
I keep this in bathroom so I can quickly rub it in each day...either after my morning shower or while getting ready in the morning if I had a bath the night before. I choose to rub the pinkish cream it into my belly so it won't interfere with me using fractionated coconut oil as a full-body moisturizer after my showers (see here if you're interested in learning more about this). Also I want it on an area that will be covered by my clothing so that it won't interfere with my perfume scent (it smells like wintergreen to me). It kind of has a momentary cooling effect when applying due to the peppermint oil in it.
It isn't greasy, absorbs quickly, and is a pleasure to use.
I really have no way of knowing the effectiveness, since I can't measure my B12 blood levels. But I feel like I have a little more energy. I'm pretty energetic already, thanks to a low carb/high fat diet, so I didn't expect a huge difference.
I did notice while researching the product that the company also offers B12 patches that offer a higher level of the vitamin (patch contains 1000 mcg of B12 per week), if you happen to be one of the people that requires a higher supplementation. They also offer creams for nerve pain, vitamin D3, joint pain, melatonin, as well as pills for tinnitus, migraines, and mental cognition, so you may want to check those out HERE, if any of those issues apply to you.
Do you have to take supplements? Have you found any great ones you can share with us? I'm REALLY looking for a smaller magnesium citrate pill, especially!
Disclosure: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes. No other compensation was received. My opinion is, as always, my own and represents my truthful feelings on a product.