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Some are turning to vaping to help them get their daily dose of vitamins? Does it work?

Posted at 12:40 PM, Nov 01, 2018

Some days are just more stressful than others for Nikki Walter. She now depends on a diffuser to give her an extra umph to get through the day.  She explains, “I feel like I have more energy. I know that I can go through the day without a nap.”

She inhales extra B12 into her body through the diffuser.

That’s a bit different from the traditional e-cigarette cartridges well-known for delivering nicotine.

“It is one of the newest fads in vaping. It is the vaping of vitamins, and like every new fad, there are two questions: does it do any good and does it do any harm?,” says the American Lung Association’s Senior Scientific Advisor Dr. Norman Edelman. He says a whole lot more research is required to truly answer those questions.

Some of the companies selling them claim they’re better at getting the good stuff into your body than using pills or shots. Dr. Edelman says not necessarily. He explains, “The question is, ‘Do they get into your bloodstream and do the job of vitamins?’ The answer is we don't know. I mean there is little to no scientific evidence on that topic.” 

There is some evidence B12 may get into the bloodstream from the lungs, but Dr. Edelman says that scientific study is decades old. breathe, one company behind a B12 diffuser, tells us it is commissioning a clinical study to further validate previous findings.

Dr. Edelman says getting too much of vitamins A, D, and E could pose new problems. He says, “Those vitamins tend to stay in your body much longer than the other vitamins, and an excessive amount of those vitamins can cause problems.”

And Dr. Edelman says there’s no way to know yet whether the vitamin vapes can cause long-term damage to your lungs.

These vitamin vapes have adult fans, often athletes, like Nikki, who says she wouldn’t consider vaping anything else, but believes it’s well worth a try, saying, “It's been life changing for me.” 

As always, talk to your doctor before adding these products to your daily regimen.