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Vitamin B12 Injections

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin, meaning, a person must have it for the body to work properly. Normal cell function, proper organ system processes, and overall growth and development rely on B12. This nutrient is vital to creating red blood cells and DNA as well as maintaining the central nervous system. Like most vitamins, the body cannot manufacture B12 itself. Food and/or supplements are the only sources of B12.

Unfortunately, B12 is not easily absorbed from food or supplements by many people, meaning Vitamin B12 deficiency is common. Blood tests to check your B12 can be done, but a “normal” value is different for everyone. “Sufficient” and “optimal” levels can vary widely. Additionally, the need to receive supplemental B12 can be based on clinical symptoms alone. Signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency include: weakness, tiredness or lightheadedness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, pale skin, a smooth tongue, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, excessive gas, nerve problems (numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, problems walking), visual abnormalities, and mental issues (depression, memory loss, behavioral changes). We can help you reach your personal optimal B12 level to help with any of the symptoms you may be having. Regular injections are a simple, safe, and effective way to do just that.

Many people believe B12 injections bring about increased energy, which is true. B12 has been shown to enhance focus and mental awareness, while it provides an overall feeling of lifted vibrancy (not at all like the jittery or wired sensations that stimulants produce). As a bonus, B12 injections boost metabolism which can help in the quest to lose weight. This important vitamin has been shown to play a role in improving anxiety, depression, behavioral changes, insomnia, PMS, menopause, thyroid disorders, adrenal fatigue, acne, a multitude of skin and gastrointestinal issues, allergies, nerve pain, and more.

Almost everyone can benefit from a B12 injections. Those of us who live very demanding personal or professional lives that leave us feeling chronically fatigued can acquire renewed energy. Those of us who are athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans, or are taking certain medications can feel revitalized. Common prescriptions that are known to contribute to B12 deficiency include Metformin, Prilosec (as well as the other H2 Blockers) and even Tums. Anyone having surgery or dental procedures with the aid of nitrous oxide should absolutely be receiving supplemental B12.

It is an essential vitamin to replace if you have any of the following conditions: chronic digestive issues such as gastritis, Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, immune system disorders such as Grave’s disease or Lupus, history of surgery during which part of the stomach or small intestine were removed, pernicious anemia, heavy alcohol consumption, exposure to a variety of environmental pollutants, or constant daily stress.

Considered very safe, the most common adverse side effects from receiving a B12 injection include mild redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, all of which typically dissipate very quickly. Vitamin B12 is safe for pregnant women, children, and even those receiving chemotherapy or radiation. Since Vitamin B12 is water soluble, there is no risk of toxicity. Your physician at RejuvenationMD will screen you for any conditions that may not make you a good candidate to receive B12 injections.

As a side note, it is important to know that there are different forms of B12 injections available and not all have the same quality. Here at RejuvenationMD we only use Methylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is clearly documented to be superior in that it is the most bioactive form of injectable Vitamin B12.

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