Vitamin B-12 Injections
Vitamin B-12 Injections
Vitamin B-12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in many functions in the body, including:
- DNA synthesis
- energy production
- nerve cell health
- red blood cell formation
- neurological function
Vitamin B 12 is a vitamin that keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy. It is responsible for the smooth functioning of several critical body processes. It is possible for the body to develop a vitamin B 12 deficiency which is usually reported with symptoms of fatigue.
Who benefits the most from a Vitamin B-12 injection?
Strict vegetarians, heavy drinkers and smokers, pregnant and breast-feeding women, and the elderly usually require extra vitamin B-12 vitamins. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can result in a host of illnesses like anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, poor memory, soreness of the mouth, asthma and vision problems.
Top 5 Health Benefits of Vitamin B-12
- Converts carbohydrates into glucose in the body, leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy
- Helps in healthy regulation of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage
- Helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
- Protects against heart disease and stroke by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure.
- It is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin.
- Vitamin B-12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer.
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Are Vitamin B Shots Right For You?
A gastrointestinal tract that does not function normally may inhibit vitamin B-12 release or absorption. For this reason, people with disorders such as celiac disease and Crohn’s disease may be at higher risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Individuals who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery, including weight loss surgery, may have less of the cells necessary to secrete stomach acid and intrinsic factor. As a result, they may struggle to absorb B-12.
Vitamin B-12 shots, rather than oral supplements, may be particularly helpful for people who have gastrointestinal issues because injections tend to bypass these areas.
Research suggests that vitamin B-12 deficiency affects a greater number of older adults than those under the age of 65.
Older adults can be affected by conditions that are linked to a decrease in stomach acid production, including inflammation in the stomach (atrophic gastritis).
Furthermore, lower levels of stomach acid can encourage the growth of certain bacteria in the gut that use B-12, reducing the amount of the vitamin available to the body.
The Institute of Medicine recommend that adults over 50 meet their vitamin B-12 needs with fortified foods, B-12 shots, or other supplements, as these man-made forms appear to be more readily absorbed than naturally occurring B-12.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most obvious benefit of receiving vitamin B-12 shots is treating a vitamin B-12 deficiency and avoiding its associated symptoms.
In addition, B-12 shots reduce the risk of some serious complications associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency including:
There is no upper limit for the intake of vitamin B-12 because the risk of toxicity or overdose is extremely low.
However, B-12 shots may have other side effects.
Mild side effects and potential risks, which should be referred to a doctor if they persist or worsen, include:
- pain, redness, or itching at the site of the injection
- mild diarrhea
- swelling sensation in the body
More serious side effects, which require immediate medical attention, include:
- muscle cramps
- irregular heartbeat
- unusual weakness or tiredness
- swelling of the ankles or feet
Severe reactions are very rare but require emergency intervention. These include:
- itching and swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
- breathing difficulties
- severe dizziness
- sudden vision changes
- slurred speech
Treatment requires minimal downtime. So you can return to your daily routine immediately after you leave your specialist’s office.
Vitamin B-12 may interact with certain medications. People must always inform their doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs they are taking before receiving a B-12 shot.
Some commonly prescribed medications that may interact with B-12 include: