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