B-12 Injections: What You Should Know

B12 injections have been used to treat anemia since the 1930′s. It wasn’t long after that people started using them to treat anemia that doctors discovered these shots had much wider uses – including reducing stress and fatigue, helping sleep patterns, supporting cognitive function, and boosting cardiovascular health.

These quick and effective nutrient injections are not just for the sick anymore. In fact, they are being widely used by some of the most successful and healthy people in the world to give them that extra edge.  Many celebrities, top athletes, and A-listers including Madonna, Charlize Theron, Lea Michele, Rita Ora, Justin Timberlake, Cher Lloyd, and Katy Perry swear that the quick prick is just the trick they need to stay on top of their health and supplement their busy schedules and travels.

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in brain function and red blood cell production. It also plays a vital role in growth and replication of cells as well as nervous system functioning.

Who is at risk for being deficient?

Deficiency is extremely common in vegan and vegetarians who do not supplement. This is because B12 is only found naturally in animal foods. It is thought that up to 90% of people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are deficient in B12! The good news? You don’t have to give up your vegan lifestyle or beliefs to boost your levels, you can supplement what you are not getting in your diet through a natural vitamin shot given intramuscularly.

Don’t think just because you eat meat you are safe from being or becoming B12 deficient either! You may be surprised to know that it has been widely reported that almost 40 percent of Americans could be B12 lacking appropriate blood levels.

People who have stomach stapling or other form of weight-loss surgery are very likely to be low in vitamin B12 because the operation interferes with the body’s ability to extract vitamin B12 from food. Bariatric patients are at an increased risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency because in most adults without this surgery, vitamin B12 is broken down in the acidic environment of the stomach. Intrinsic factor—released by the parietal cells in the stomach—binds with vitamin B12 in the duodenum. The binded vitamin B12 is then absorbed in the ileum! In patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, most of the stomach and duodenum are bypassed, therefore limiting the breakdown of vitamin B12 and its subsequent binding with intrinsic factor!

Certain people with select absorption problems, intestinal issues, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, ongoing inflammation processes, tapeworms or history of tapeworms, and patients with autoimmune disorders are also at risk of developing inadequate B12 levels. Unlike other vitamins, the absorption of vitamin B12 (as we discussed above) depends on a protein produced in your stomach, called intrinsic factor. There are many other people who due to underlying health issues, do not produce enough intrinsic factor can become deficient as well!

As you can see, there are many people who are at risk and it is important to remember vitamin B12 deficiency can be slow to develop, causing symptoms to appear gradually and intensify over time. It can also come on relatively quickly!

What are signs of deficiency?

It is important to note that many signs of low B12 levels are also symptoms of other medical conditions and if any or multiple of these symptoms are present, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. On the other hand, given the wide array of symptoms it can cause, the condition can be overlooked or confused with something else, often times going misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed.

Are B12 Injections safe?

B12 doesn’t build up toxicity like some other vitamins can when taken in excess. That means that is extremely rare to see any negative side effects from too much. This makes it a safe and effective health booster to consider adding to your wellness radar!

Vitamin B12 shots are the most common way to prevent or treat a deficiency, it is also much for effective to get injections than to take orally because of the better absorption. The injections are prescribed by a medical professional and given into the muscle. There is no down time and the entire process is very short!

Injections are usually given as hydroxocobalamin or Methylcobalamin. Which are effective at raising blood levels of B12 and preventing/reversing a deficiency.

What are the benefits?

Low levels of vitamin B12 has been linked to a decline in brain function. Many studies have shown there may be a link between low blood levels and the development of dementia. The vitamin may play a role in preventing brain atrophy, which is the loss of neurons in the brain and often associated with memory loss or dementia.  In addition, we know it also plays a very vital role in the protection of the sheaths that cover and guard the nerves of the central and the peripheral nervous system, this works to guarantee a fast and efficient nerve-impulse transmission. A special substance called myelin is fundamental for the formation of these sheaths! Vitamin B12 plays a significant role in the synthesis and maintenance of myelin as well.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the loss of bone mass results in weaker bones and an increased risk of bone fractures. The body constantly absorbs and replaces bone tissue so new bone creation doesn’t keep up with old bone removal. Interestingly, low blood levels of vitamin B12 have been linked with reduced bone mass in many studies.

Your circadian rhythm is the process that helps regulate the quality and depth of your sleep (among other factors) which can directly influence your mood, energy levels and weight. Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It’s also known as your sleep/wake cycle. (Studies have shown that methylcobalamin (not cyanocobalamin) can improve this rhythm)

Where can you get them?

Peak Medical Clinic offers our popular and famous “B-KICKER” injection for only $20. This November all our nutrient injections are an additional 10% off! Our injection is the combination of two of the most researched B vitamins: B6 and B12. This combination is best for energy, nerve function, mood, reduction in body pain and inflammation, memory, anxiety, metabolism-fat burning and immune support. Ingredients include: Pyridoxine (B6) & Hydroxocobalamin (B12) or Methylcobalamin (B12).

Next time you go for your second espresso of the day, you may want to consider stopping by Peak Medical Clinic for a health and energy booster instead! For those who have an aversion to needles, we also sell BalanceDocs’ amazing B12 sublingual drops in all of our clinics, and online at: http://balancedocs.com/product/vit-b-complex-sublingual-drops/

Check out all of our nutrient injections on our website by following the link below. No scheduled appointment necessary for vitamin shots, walk ins are welcome. https://onepeakmedical.com/injections

Have a B(12)eautiful day!

-Kenz RN, BSN

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