Balance and Wellness
Because beauty starts with wellness, we help our patients achieve nutritional balance with B12 Injections and more. Let’s find out what your body needs on the inside to perform well and look fantastic on the outside.
What Are The Benefits Of B12 Shots?
When B12 deficiencies are addressed appropriately by a medical professional, the benefits are amazing and may include:
- Boosts energy levels
- Boosts metabolism
- Improves brain health
- Prevents anemia
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Prevents macular degeneration
- Prevents depression
- Promotes healthy hair, nails, and skin
What Is Vitamin B12?
B12 is a water-soluble vitamin essential to our body’s DNA synthesis, red blood cell production, neurological function, and energy production. Vitamin B12 comes from many sources of food, primarily animal-based foods such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.
Unfortunately, we don’t always get the levels of B12 our bodies need from food sources alone. Without sufficient absorption of vitamin B12, our bodies will start experiencing several deficiency symptoms.
Should I Consider Getting B12 Injections?
Vitamin B12 deficiency may lead to other health issues and comes with many symptoms. Some symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty losing weight
- Difficulty focusing or confusion
- Extreme fatigue
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
You will need to have labwork done to verify that these symptoms are a cause of vitamin B12 deficiency. And if a diagnosis is confirmed, it is vital to introduce a B12 supplement to help reverse the symptoms.
Several forms are available such as oral supplements, B12 injections, and nasal sprays. However, Vitamin B12 Injections have a much higher absorption rate as they are injected into the muscle and travel directly into the bloodstream.
At What Age Should I Get B12 Injections?
Typically B12 injections are recommended for those around 50 years or older as the absorption rate decreases. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of vitamin B12 and have a confirmed diagnosis of deficiency, you are a good candidate for vitamin B12 supplementation at any age.
Patients who take certain medications such as antacids, are vegan or vegetarian, or have certain autoimmune disorders will most likely benefit from B12 injections over oral supplements.
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Are B12 Shots And Additional Supplements Available at Advanced Medical Spas?
Yes! Visit one of our Wellness Centers. A medical professional will perform an in-depth analysis, including labwork, to assess your body’s needs. From there, we can recommend dietary changes, nutritional guidance and supplements, Vitamin B12 injections, hormone replacement therapy, and/or weight loss supplements.
What Are Wellness Centers?
Wellness centers are places where various healthcare professionals work together to enhance the overall well-being of their patients. They typically aim to improve both mental and physical health. You can learn more about the Wellness Centers at Advanced Medical Spas here.
Do B12 Injections Help With Weight Loss?
One of the many benefits of vitamin B12 in the body is increasing energy levels. This extra energy boost will help you feel energized and improve your activity during the day, and remaining active is essential when striving to lose weight.
Vitamin B12 injections may also help boost your metabolism. And the higher your metabolism, the more calories you will burn.
Vitamin B12 also helps support your liver to remove fat more efficiently.
What Other Vitamins and Nutrients Aid in Weight Loss?
We generally find a need for vitamins B12, D, and C standard in patients struggling to lose weight. Omega 3, magnesium, protein, and iron are also crucial. In short, a healthy, balanced diet is critical, and supplements are recommended to assist in the intake of key nutrients. Learn more about the nutritional services we offer here.
Can B12 Shots Help With Menopause Symptoms?
The body’s ability to absorb essential vitamins and minerals decreases significantly as we age. Many symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency coincide with those of menopause or perimenopause. Also, many hormonal changes during menopause can lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency. With this similarity of symptoms, B12 injections may help alleviate some signs of menopause. Again, it is very important to have labwork checked to verify whether you are suffering from hormonal imbalance, have a vitamin B12 deficiency, or both.
Do Men Benefit from B12 Shots?
Yes, they do. And men should know the warning signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency and take immediate steps to correct the problem. Vitamin B12 produces red blood cells, DNA, and nerves. Insufficient B12 may cause neurological problems and blood diseases in men. Men over 50 should consume 100 to 400 micrograms of B12 daily, as their ability to absorb B12 declines with age. Most symptoms of B12 deficiency are the same for males and females, and bloodwork is required to confirm this diagnosis.
Vitamin B12 is linked to a higher physical stamina rate in males, aiding in weight loss or staying fit and active. It has also been linked to improvement in male infertility issues.
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Frequently Asked Questions About B12 Injections
Common B12 side effects:
- Itching, pain, or swelling at the injection site. Typically, these symptoms are mild and should be alleviated within a few hours.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Hot flushes.
Vitamin B12 shots may not be a good option for patients with a history of:
- Kidney problems
- Deficiencies in various other nutrients, particularly folic acid and iron
- Leber’s disease, which affects the optic nerve
- Low potassium levels (hypokalemia)
- Sensitivity to vitamin B12
Common B12 side effects may include diarrhea and swelling at the injection site. However, B12 is generally safe with few side effects. Contact your prescribing doctor if you experience more severe or prolonged side effects. Should you experience a life-threatening allergic reaction from a B12 injection, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Research shows that vitamin B12 has a half-life of 6 days in the blood, meaning it will be six days before the administered amount gets excreted from your body. Since vitamin B12 shots are directly placed in the blood, they bypass the digestive system, which allows them to last longer within the body.
Certain medications, including oral contraceptives, can have an adverse effect on B12 levels, lowering the amount of vitamin B12 in the body. Suppose you are experiencing symptoms of B12 deficiency. In that case, discussing all medications you are taking is essential to find out if your medicine could be the cause.
The effects of vitamin B12 can manifest within hours to days following treatment. Although there is no downtime or recovery period for a vitamin B12 injection, you must monitor for adverse reactions.