WHY GET VITAMIN B-12 INJECTIONS?
WHAT IS VITAMIN B-12?
B-12 is a water soluble vitamin that is one of eight essential B vitamins. This important vitamin plays a critical role in the maintenance of the body's nervous system, is necessary for DNA and RNA synthesis, is involved in hemoglobin production, as well as other important functions.
HOW DO YOU GET VITAMIN B-12 NATURALLY?
Animal foods contain B-12, such as dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry and fish. Many foods are also fortified with B-12.
WHY AM I DEFICIENT?
Start by checking your B-12 levels. A quick visit to Any Lab Test Now (located inside Medical West Healthcare Center's Clayton location) to check your B-12 levels for sufficiency can be done as a standalone test or as part of a more comprehensive micronutrient panel.
Vegans are often deficient simply due to the lack of eating B-12 rich foods. However, some people eat foods that contain vitamin B-12, yet still find they are deficient. Some causes for this could be due to underlying conditions that prevent their body from absorbing B-12. Crohn's disease, celiac disease, Grave's disease, lupus, atrophic gastritis and pernicious anemia are all conditions that affect a body's ability to properly absorb B-12.
Age is also a factor. As people get older, they are more prone to develop problems with the acids and enzymes needed to allow their body to absorb the vitamin.
Medications, such as metformin, PPI's (esomeprazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole) and histamine blockers such as cimetidine inhibit proper absorption of vitamin B-12.
Weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, is another cause for B-12 deficiency due to the removal of parts of the stomach that are necessary for allowing the vitamin to be absorbed.
Some people may not experience symptoms if the deficiency is mild, but if untreated, it can cause symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, depression and memory loss.
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF B-12 SUPPLEMENTATION?
IMPROVES MOOD AND FOCUS
B-12 is needed for the production of serotonin, a chemical responsible for regulating mood. Studies show that supplementing with B-12 can help fight depression symptoms, restore a better mood and improve memory and mental functioning.
B-12 has been shown to help regulate sleep-wake cycles by keeping circadian rhythms in sync.
Weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency due to decreased red blood cell production. As a result, you are unable to transport oxygen to your body's cells. Supplementing with B-12 helps fight fatigue and increase energy.
B-12 is essential for the metabolism of proteins and fats, and aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates. Supplementing with B-12 provides your body a necessary foundation for proper metabolism.
BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM
B-12 plays an important role in white blood cell production and white blood cells are essential for proper immune system function. In addition, B-12 helps to facilitate your body's ability to absorb other essential nutrients. Maintaining sufficient levels of B-12 in your body contributes to a healthy immune system.
WHY CHOOSE B-12 INJECTIONS?
Injections are an ideal way to boost B-12 levels since it allows the purist form of the vitamin to be absorbed directly into the muscle where it can be used most efficiently with nearly no loss of the nutritional value.
Injection frequency recommendations can vary based on an individual's deficiency level, but typically are given monthly or bi-weekly.
The Medical Assistants at Any Lab Test Now provide quick and easy injections which typically take around 5 minutes or less. Single injections can be purchased for those looking to try it out and for those who wish to receive regular injections, 4-packs and 10-packs are available for a greater per injection savings.
Any Lab Test Now, located inside Medical West Healthcare Center's Clayton location, provides medical grade B-12 Methylcobalamin and B-12 Lipotropic injections. Call and book an appointment with one of our Medical Assistants at 314-290-2228.