by Aymee Wilson RN, BSN, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics
Vitamin B12 injections provide essential nutrients to our body that play a key role in stimulating various functionalities.
There are 13 essential vitamins (vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12) important for our body. Even if you follow a clean and complete diet, you risk your body being deprived of essential vitamins necessary to keeping healthy, especially after we age. Vitamin injections can come to the rescue.
Are you feeling tired every day even after those energy drinks and several cups of coffee? You may be an ideal candidate for vitamin B12 injections to boost the immune system and get a solid dose of focus and energy. Vitamin B12 injections may fight against:
- Heart issues
- Neurological damage
- Muscle weakness
- Mood changes
Such injections are one of the highly proven ways for the body to absorb B12 when related to oral supplements.
The recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin B12 is 6 micrograms per day. Deficiency is common, especially in people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet because B12 is only found naturally in animal foods. However, vegans and vegetarians are not the only ones who are deficient; even some meat-eaters don’t absorb it well.
Unlike other vitamins, the absorption of vitamin B12 depends on a protein produced in your stomach called the intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor binds to vitamin B12 so you can absorb it into the blood.
People who don’t produce enough intrinsic factors can become deficient. Deficiency is particularly common in elderly people because the ability to absorb vitamin B12 can decrease with age.
Other people at risk of deficiency include those who have had intestinal surgery, including weight loss surgery. Those with diseases that affect the gut, such as Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, also are at risk.
The frequency of taking vitamin B12 injections will change depending on the cause for actually opting for B12 injections and the tested B12 levels before starting the treatment.
Your vitamin B12 levels can be accurately checked by a simple blood test. It is important for your doctor to know what amounts of vitamin B12 are suitable for your health requirements.