B12 Injections

What is B12?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin. It is one of 8 different B vitamins. B12 plays a major role in the functioning of the brain and in the formation of red blood cells. In addition, Vitamin B12 helps regulate cell metabolism, including DNA synthesis, fatty acid metabolism and amino acid metabolism. This affects numerous systems in the body including digestion, absorption of nutrients, respiration, blood circulation, elimination of waste from the body and regulation of body temperature. As you can see, Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin for the health of your body. If the body does not get enough B12, there can be serious consequences.

Common Symptoms of B12 Deficiency

When Vitamin B12 levels drop too low you can experience a variety of symptoms including:

  • Impaired mental functionality – poor memory, brain fog, confusion, anxiety, irritability
  • Muscular weaknesses – overall muscle weakness, tender calves, numbness and/or tingling in your extremities,
  • Sensations of pins and needles due to nerve damage,
  • Glossitis and mouth ulcers,
  • Mood changes: depression, psychosis and irritability,
  • Some loss in sense of touch, walking and vision problems,
  • Appetite Changes – Loss of appetite and weight loss, anemia,
  • Low energy – general fatigue (especially in the afternoon), shortness of breath,
  • pale or yellowing complexion,
  • Migraine-like Symptoms – lightheadedness, dizziness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, etc…

What Causes a Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

  • Decreased Intake issues: 

    • A vegan or vegetarian diet with no animal products
  • Poor Absorption Issues

    • Medications that block absorption of B12
    • Pernicious anemia
    • Auto-immune disorders
    • An Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in your gastrointestinal tract
    • Frequent use of antacids, protein pump inhibitors, or other acid blockers
    • Crohn’s disease and celiac disease
    • Patients over the age of 50 with a decrease in stomach acid
    • Alcoholism
  • Increased B12 Requirements:

    • A MTHFR mutation in your genes
B12 Injections

Preservative-free Methyl B12 (Methylcobalamin) Injections

It is estimated that up to 40% of the adult U.S. population does not get enough B12 in their diet. Vitamin B12 – Consumer (nih.gov)

We are excited to offer you a preservative-free form of B12 at our clinic. This quick and painless injection is great for patients who have auto-immune disorders, B12 absorption issues, and/or want a simple and easy way of getting their B12 supplementation. The following are some frequently asked questions about this new service that we provide.