Where and when is this service available?

Lux Wellness Center located at 1372 Main Street in Carbondale, Colorado. We offer B12 happy hour clinics three times a week. No appointment is necessary.

Hours:

Tuesday: 9am-12pm

Wednesday: 3pm-6pm

Thursday: 10am-1pm

Who will administer your injection?

Either Jade Wimberley, ND or Michelle Brandon, DACM. Lac. Both are experts in injection therapy.

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 oral 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?

Everyone’s health goals are different, so recommendations are unique to you. Typically, a great place to start is getting six injections within two months. At the end of this cycle, review with your healthcare professional improvements in your overall health goals and determine an appropriate schedule for future injections. Once again, everyone’s health needs are unique. Six injections in 6-7 weeks might benefit one patient, while another needs more injections over a longer period of time.

Can I test my B12 levels at Lux Wellness?

Yes, we can request a lab draw at GMA in Glenwood Springs; the cost is $35. We need your name and date of birth to submit this request. One of the B12 practitioners will call you with results and make a recommendation based on your levels.

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.

Are B12 injections safe for pregnant woman?

Yes.

How much do B12 injections cost at Lux Wellness Center?

  • 1 injection – $30
  • 6-pack – $170
  • 12-pack – $330

Do you offer IV therapy?

Currently, we do not.

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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