The Skinny On Vitamin B12 Shots

ID 100323714Have you ever felt tired, weak, or fatigued even if you’ve gotten plenty of sleep and good nutrition? The truth is, no matter how healthy a lifestyle you lead, it’s possible to be deficient in super important vitamins that can affect your daily life. Vitamin B12 could be one of those vitamins. According to the Framingham Offspring Study, nearly 40% of the population was found to have B12 levels in the “low-normal” to “deficient” range. So what can B12 do for you? ProHealth breaks it down.

What is B12? B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that you must get from foods or supplements – your body can’t make it. Also, it’s only found in animal products like eggs, meat, shellfish, and dairy. In part for these reasons, it can be difficult to get the recommended daily dose. B12 is ESSENTIAL for a healthy brain, immune system, and metabolism. It keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy, and is often known as “the energy vitamin”. B12 can provide relief for fatigue, insomnia, mental depression, mild memory impairment, and can help with weight loss.

What are the symptoms of deficiency? Some of the earliest signs of a B12 deficiency include feeling dragged, confused, and weak. If a B12 deficiency is ongoing, the symptoms may worsen into confusion, depression, memory loss, difficulty balancing, and more. A severe B12 deficiency can even cause a specific and dangerous type of anemia.

Why should I get a shot?  Certain medications, lifestyle choices like heavy drinking, and body chemistry can make B12 absorption an issue. Simply loading up on foods naturally high in B12 may not solve the problem. The synthetic form of B12 is more readily absorbed. An injection is the best way to get the most out of a B12 dose.

Because the symptoms of a B12 deficiency can be vague, it can be difficult to recognize. A blood test is the only way to confirm it. You can always come to ProHealth for a blood test to check for a B12 deficiency. Luckily, B12 is extremely safe and may help you feel better overall. If you’re interested in getting a B12 shot, come on in to any of ProHealth’s seven locations; no doctor’s order required! Shots are just $20 each, with package deals available for savings. Give us a call for more information.

To read more about Vitamin B12, visit our sources: Harvard Health PublicationsUSDA.govTufts.edu, and Health.com. Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.