Vitamin B-12 Shots
These days, with busy lifestyles and frequent on-the-go meals, it is no wonder that many in the population are deficient in necessary vitamins. Ensuring our bodies have proper nutrients to function helps us improve our moods, sleep better, have more energy, provide mental clarity, and more. Vitamin B-12 is, in particular, one vitamin that many individuals find they are deficient, and the quickest way to improve is by receiving a vitamin B-12 injection.
What is Vitamin B-12?
Vitamin B-12 is considered an essential vitamin, which means that without it, our bodies are not able to properly function. The human body does not naturally have this vitamin, so it must come from our diets. Foods like meat, fish and dairy are the best source for B-12, but it can be created synthetically in a lab for supplements. It helps with proper function and development of the brain, nerves, blood cells, and other vital body systems.
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
Many people do not get enough vitamin B-12 through proper diet, leading to a deficiency that will affect overall health. Because it can be stored in the liver for a long period of time, it could be a few years before any sort of symptoms appear. Those who participate in a vegan or vegetarian diet most commonly suffer from a B-12 deficiency due to it only being found in animal-based foods. However, those who do consume these products in their diets may not properly absorb the vitamin, such as the elderly, those who have had weight loss surgery, Crohn’s disease or celiac disease.
When you are deficient in vitamin B-12, it is possible to become anemic. In this case you may experience symptoms including:
- Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- A smooth tongue
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, gas
- Numbness or tingling, problems walking
- Vision loss
- Experiencing depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes
Those who are deficient but not anemic may also experience symptoms, such as:
- Fatigue & weakness
- Low moods
- Decreased concentration level
- Loss of appetite
- Poor memory
How to Increase your B-12
Thankfully, there are a few ways you can get the essential vitamin into your body to help improve your overall body function. Including foods like beef and chicken liver, salmon or tuna, poultry, and dairy in your diet can help your body get the nutrition it needs. For those who are unable to eat these foods are have trouble fitting these in with daily meals, supplementation can be provided in the form of B-12 injections.
The vitamin B-12 injection is safe for most individuals, and can help improve mood, boost the immune system, get better sleep and more. If you haven’t been feeling quite “you” lately, stop in to one of our convenient locations today for your vitamin B-12 shot.