We are now offering Vitamin B12 Injections!Research shows that several conditions have been linked to low levels of Vitamin B12. Without knowing it, many of us are deficient in B12, especially as we age. Vitamin B12 is an important water soluble vitamin important in so many aspects of our health: tissue repair, DNA replication, blood cell production and maintenance of healthy neurologic function.
Supplementation can be helpful in treating symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, depression and anemia. For many, B12 can boost energy and mood, increase metabolism leading to more energy and potential weight loss, improve memory and ability to concentrate and enhance immunity. Intramuscular injections can be given regularly for long-term therapy because vitamin B12 is only slowly lost from the body. Within 4 to 6 days of receiving a B12 injection, most people experience an increase in their energy level or stamina.
How can a Vitamin B12 Injection help me?
Vitamin B12 shots are designed to provide a boost in energy and a prolonged source of energy to use during the day.
What are the Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms?
Vitamin B12 is unique among all the water-soluble vitamins in that it is not excreted quickly in the urine. Rather, vitamin B12 is accumulated and stored in the liver, kidney, and other body tissues. As a result of this storage factor of vitamin B12, a deficiency in this vitamin may not manifest itself or show its symptoms until after five or six years of diet with inadequate supply of vitamin B12.
Some of the most common symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency are:
- Feeling week, tired or lightheaded
- Memory loss and or disorientation
- Having pale skin, or white spots on the skin, resulting from melatonin becoming absent in the area
What are the Health Benefits of Vitamin B12?
There are advantages to getting Vitamin B12 in the form of Vitamin B12 injections. Because the vitamin is absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream this way, B12 injections can provide a quick energy boost. Many people who get Vitamin B12 injections notice an improvement in their energy level within a few days, if not sooner. In addition to feeling more energy, the shots can be effective in terms of clearer skin, better sleep, improved memory, and feeling less stressed.
Taking vitamin B12 as an oral tablet is another option. However, B12 pills are often not very effective. Vitamin B12 is one of the most difficult nutrients for our bodies to absorb, which is why so many people become deficient.
Where is Vitamin B12 Found?
Unlike many vitamins, B12 is not found in animals or plants; Vitamin B12 is exclusively produced by bacteria. When animals consume plants or drink water contaminated by these specific bacteria, the vitamin ends up being stored in their body, mostly in the liver. The main sources of vitamin B12 are meat, poultry, milk, eggs and fish. Naturally, those who follow a strict vegetarian diet have to rely on vitamin supplements.
How does Vitamin B12 function in my Body?
The fact is that Vitamin B12 is a Micro Nutrient that is used in the process of energy release. Without the presence of Vitamin B12 you could not burn calories and your energy would not be released. One of its key functions is to help your body in the creation of red blood cells. These cells help carry oxygen to your vital organs, including your heart and brain. This oxygen is crucial in providing you the necessary energy to get through each day.
B12 also helps with white cell production, which is vital to keeping your immune system strong, which in turn keeps you healthy. Vitamin B12 is properly maintaining your nervous system and helping to keep nerve cells healthy. This in turn keeps your brain functioning the way it should.
B vitamins also assists in the production and regulation of DNA, which is present in every cell in your body. And since this nutrient is also a very strong antioxidant, it helps fight off free radicals which can lead to cancer. It is important that your body gets some vitamin B12 every day. It helps metabolize the food you eat so you can utilize it for energy. It does this by helping turn the carbohydrates in your food to glucose. When the glucose is released into your system, it gives you energy.
How is Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treated?
Treatment is usually shots of vitamin B12 in your arm or another muscle. Typically injections once a month will reduce mild symptoms of deficiency within a few days. You don’t need to worry about getting too much vitamin B12, because your body will pass extra vitamin B12 out in the urine. Most people feel better within days of beginning treatment.
How often should I have my Vitamin B12 blood level tested?
A vitamin B12 level test measures the amount of B12 in your blood. A baseline test should be done first to determine any deficiency. After consulting with Dr. Sinda, a customized B12 injection schedule with follow-up testing will be created for you that will help to enhance your lifestyle.
If you are interested in knowing where your vitamin B12 levels is at, set up an appointment or talk to Dr. Sinda during your next follow up for a hormone re-check.