What is vitamin B12?

B12 is a water-soluble vitamin absorbed in the lower intestines with the help of intrinsic factor—a substance secreted by the stomach. B12 must come from your diet; your body does not make it.

What foods are B12 found in?

Large amounts are found in liver, beef, salmon, trout, tuna, and clams. Smaller amounts are available in eggs, yogurt, cheese, and cereal products fortified with B12.

Why are vitamin B12 injections so important today?

The majority of B12 deficient people EAT plentiful amounts of food containing B12, but their bodies can’t absorb or use it. Given the enormous increase of digestive issues and daily stressors (alcohol, environmental pollutants, aging) it’s no wonder so many of us are low on this beneficial vitamin. Other than from our diet, B12 can be obtained through B12 injections. B12 is safe for pregnant women and anyone receiving chemotherapy and radiation.

What are the beneficial effects of B12 injections?

  • Increased energy and metabolism
  • Enhanced neurological health
  • Minimized seasonal and environmental allergies
  • Decreased irritability (PMS)
  • Improved athletic endurance
  • Enhanced vascular health
  • Helps stabilize symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and mood disorders
  • May benefit patients with nervous and endocrine disorders such as MS, diabetes, seizures, restless leg syndrome, thyroid disorders, and adrenal fatigue.

Who is most likely to have low B12 levels?

Vegetarians, vegans, elders, people who drink alcohol, people who have digestive issues and who are taking medications such as Prilosec and Tums.

What are the symptoms of a B12 deficiency?

  • Fatigue
  • Nerve pain (shingles, herpes)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Moodiness
  • Cognitive decline
  • Tremors

How much B12 do I need?

Everyone’s optimal level of B12, obtained through a blood test, is unique. On average, the value of > 600 pg/ml is sufficient, but I shoot for >900 pg/ml for optimal wellness.

If you take daily B12 supplements are B12 injections still beneficial?

Injections bypass the digestive tract and, as a result, the vitamin B12 has a more direct route to the cells and can be more readily metabolized. You will feel the benefit more quickly.

For how long are vitamin B12 injections needed?

Typically, I recommend getting 5 injections within 6-7 weeks. At the end of this cycle, review with your healthcare professional improvements in your health and your overall health goals, and determine an appropriate schedule for future injections. Once again, everyone’s health needs are unique. Five injections in 6-7 weeks might benefit one patient, while another needs more injections over a longer time period.

Are there side effects from vitamin B12 injections?

Slight bruising and or soreness at the injection site can occur. There are no known toxic effects when administered at appropriate levels. Allergic reactions can occur with any intramuscular injections. Dr. Jade Wimberley, who oversees vitamin B12 injections at Lux Wellness Center is trained and prepared to treat any reaction.

Can I get labs to measure my B12 level?

Yes, I recommend measuring B12, homocysteine, and MMA in order to determine the most accurate level of B12. Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism. When present in high concentrations, as determined by a blood test, it has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) is a compound that reacts with B12 to create energy. It’s the most accurate test known to measure B12 levels.

Will insurance pay for B12 injections at Lux Wellness Center?

Insurance will not cover vitamin B12 injections. Naturopathic doctors are not included in insurance plans. Please call or write your insurance company and request that they cover naturopathic treatment.

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