Vitamin B12 is part of the vitamin B complex group of vitamins that is often singled out because of its impact on good health. A slight deficiency in vitamin B12 may seem minor at first, but can begin to cause serious health problems if not addressed.
Cobalamin, or vitamin B12, is an essential water-soluble vitamin that is used in the body to help iron function properly, maintain nerve cells and produce DNA, RNA and red blood cells. It works with folate to produce SAMe, an amino acid that supports the immune system and controls moods. Vitamin B12 can be prescribed by our physician to help a patient with deficiencies that cause diarrhea, shortness of breath, fatigue, neurological damage and numbness.
Vitamin B12 shots have an advantage over oral supplements because the vitamin goes straight into the blood stream and is immediately available to the body. It does not need to be digested and absorbed. This is especially useful for people who have had intestinal surgery or have problems with absorption.
Vitamin B12 shots help the whole body to run smoothly. This helps to boost the immune system. Some of the ailments that can be treated with vitamin B12 shots are:
• Pernicious and megaloblastic anemia – This may be caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency. The symptoms include paleness, weakness, weight loss, diarrhea, fever and numbness in the extremities.
• Chronic fatigue syndrome – If fatigue is caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency, injections may alleviate the symptoms and boost energy. Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by fatigue that inhibits normal, everyday activities.
• High homocysteine levels may tax the heart and block arteries. Vitamin B12 injections can help to reduce the homocysteine levels.
The Mayo Clinic is currently doing research on the effects of vitamin B12 shots on dementia and Alzheimer’s, high cholesterol, heart disease and breast cancer. In some cases, B12 injections are given to improve cognitive functioning and concentration.
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in meat and poultry, eggs, shellfish and dairy products. Some vegetarians and vegans who do not eat dairy products may become deficient in vitamin B12 and need to find it in fortified cereals. Other people who are at risk of deficiency are the elderly, people who have had gastrointestinal surgery and people with celiac disease or Crohn’s disease. These people may not have enough digestive acids in their stomach to digest the required animal food to get enough vitamin B12. People who take the diabetes drug metformin may also be at risk. All of these people may benefit from vitamin B12 shots.
During a consultation at YouthFill MD in Los Angeles, our specialist will request your full medical history. You may be asked about any allergies you have as well as other deficiencies, such as iron and folic acid. Vitamin B12 shots are not a substitute for a proper diet. However, for certain ailments and conditions, vitamin B12 injections may be very beneficial for relieving symptoms. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to learn more about how vitamin B12 injections can benefit you.