Are you tired of being tired? What are you missing out on because you don’t have enough energy?
So why are you fatigued? Your fatigue may be due to an inability to absorb B12 in your gut due to aging and a lack of stomach acid, prescription medications including all heart burn medications and Metformin, aspirin, and eating too many processed foods. B12 deficiency can also be masked by large doses of supplemental folate. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 15% of the population has a deficiency, but some experts think it could be as many as 40%.
For some, B12 injections are a way to ensure the body has an adequate supply because it bypasses the gut and goes straight into the bloodstream.
What is vitamin B12 for?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is an essential nutrient that helps the central nervous system to function properly, assists in the formation of red blood cells, and helps make DNA.
What can B12 injections do for me?
If you’re experiencing fatigue and have a deficiency in B12, these injections may increase overall energy levels. It works by helping the red blood cells to carry oxygen more efficiently. Also, if you fatigue is due to a lack of sleep and/or stress, B12 can help calm the nervous system which can help you sleep better.
Who needs B12?
You have comprised or weak digestion. This includes the elderly, chronic digestive problems, poor absorption, and a not so great diet.
You have the MTHFR gene mutation
If you take acid blocking medication for heartburn or reflux (antacid, PPI’s)
You are vegan or vegetarian
Sources of B12
Although there seems to be some debate about this, it appears our body does not make B12 by itself, similar to vitamin D. Eggs, meat and nutritional yeast are good sources of B12 if you’re gut is healthy enough to absorb it.
Where is the injection given?
The injection is given into a muscle, typically the bicep or tush. You probably won’t feel a thing.
How often will I need to receive the injection?
Depends on why you need the injection but typically, you will need a B12 shot once a week for several weeks to build up your stores. After your levels are in a good range, a shot is given every 1 to 3 months. Some people like athletes may use it on an as needed basis.
Methylcobalamin is the most easily absorbed form and retained in higher amounts within your tissues than cyanocobalamin. I use B12 methylcobalamin injections, which are preservative and chemical free. The dose is 2,000mcg.
Contraindications for B12 injection
- Allergies to cobalamin
- History of blood clots
- Megaloblastic Anemia
- Leber’s disease
$25 per injection (1.5 ml.)
Package of five injections- $105