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Per Person: $35

Group Rates: $10 per person*

*Minimum of 15 members required to receive discounted group rate. Must be 18 years of age and older to receive a B12 injection.

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What does vitamin B12 do exactly?

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that’s crucial for many vital metabolic and hormonal functions — including the production of digestive enzymes and carrying important nutrients into and out of cells. Due to how it helps convert and synthesize many other compounds within the body, it’s needed for well over 100 daily functions. Some of the roles that are attributed to vitamin B12 include:

  • Forming red blood cells

  • Playing a role in DNA/RNA synthesis

  • Acting as a cofactor for methionine synthase (helping with methylation or the conversion of homocysteine to methionine, which protects cardiovascular health and more)

  • Facilitating metabolic conversion of protein and fats

  • Carrying out neurotransmitter functions and helping with production of hormones

  • Helping convert amino acids and make creatine

  • Producing myelin sheath (the coating of nerves)

  • Helping with synthesis of hemoglobin

  • Playing a role in fetal development during pregnancy

Benefits of B12 Injections:

  1. Might Reduce Depression, Cognitive Decline and Dementia: Some studies show that, especially in older people, supplementing with vitamin B12 can prevent depression, restore better mood control and retain healthy memory/mental functioning.

  2. Helps Lower Fatigue: Restoring vitamin B12 to healthy levels can treat anemia, help with conversion of macronutrients and production of creatine (beneficial for building muscle mass), and reduce muscle weakness.

  3. Can Help Improve Your Metabolism: Some people turn to vitamin B12 shots to overcome a sluggish metabolism and even help with weight loss. Because injections might give patients more energy and regulate hormone production, it’s possible to experience changes in appetite, improved sleep and better exercise performance. Some even claim B12 shots improve appearance of their skin, hair and nails.

  4. Protects the Heart: Elevated homocysteine levels have been identified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of adults in industrialized nations. Vitamin B12 is needed for conversion of homocysteine and therefore can prevent conditions or complications like heart attack, stroke or coronary heart disease.

  5. Improves Low Sperm Count

  6. Helps with Fetal Development During Pregnancy

  7. Helps Prevent or Treat Diabetic Neuropathy

Risks/Drawbacks of B12 Injections:

  1. Problems with Absorption: Even if someone receives high doses of vitamin B12, it doesn’t necessarily mean that his or her body has the ability to properly absorb and use the whole dose. That’s because utilization of vitamin B12 (especially from supplements) depends on levels of other metabolic cofactors and acids. The NIH reports that only about 10 micrograms of a 500-microgram oral supplement is actually absorbed in healthy people due to limitations of stomach acid and intrinsic factor.

  2. Interactions with Medications: Vitamin B12 has the potential to interact with certain medications, including diabetic prescriptions, metformin, proton pump inhibitors, antagonists and antibiotics. High doses might also possibly interfere with levels of other vitamins, enzymes and minerals, which is always a potential problem when taking any nutrient in very large quantities.

  3. A vitamin B12 shot is safe and generally has no side effects, even in higher doses. Potential side effects include

    1. Some redness and swelling at the injection site may occur. This should start to get better within forty eight (48) hours.

    2. In rare cases, B12 can cause diarrhea, peripheral vascular thrombosis, itching, transitory exanthema, urticaria, feelings of swelling of the whole body.

    3. Sensitivity to cobalt and/or cobalamin is a contraindication.

    4. People with chronic liver and/or kidney dysfunction should not take frequent B12 injections;

    5. Interactions with drugs: Chloramphenicol can impede on the red blood cell producing properties of B12

    6.  Other drugs that decrease or reduce absorption of B12: antibiotics, cobalt irradiation, colchicine, colestipol, H2-blockers, metformin, nicotine, birth control pills, potassium chloride, proton pump inhibitors such as Prevacid, Losec, Aciphex, Pantaloc, and Zidovudine.

    7. B12 is contraindicated in Leber’s disease, a hereditary optic nerve atrophic condition

Vitamin B12 Injections Benefits, Risks & Better Alternatives?

By Jillian Levy, CHHC

October 16, 2016

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