Let's Talk About Vitamin B-12

Updated: Apr 3

Are you always tired, low in energy, feel drained, just don’t have the feeling to get up and go or you get sick easily? Maybe your problem stems from Vitamin B12 Deficiency.


Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin involved in metabolism and required by humans and animals as a cofactor in DNA synthesis in both fatty acid and amino acid metabolism. Even though it is a vital nutrient for most of your body function, it is not naturally produced by itself in the body.


It is one of the power nutrients that produces Red Blood Cell (RBC) , the transporter of oxygen to all our tissues and organs. It also helps in the synthesis of DNA, Nerve Cells and overall health. Decrease level leads to decreased production of RBC which further leads to vital system and organ deficiencies.


It's great for immune health. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in the immune system. It increases White Blood Cell Count (WBC) which is involved in protecting the body against pathogenic invaders, foreign bodies and infection. Low levels of WBC put us at high risk for infection and pathogens entering our body.


 

Symptoms

Generalised weakness, low energy, dizziness, headache, insomnia, shortness of breath, tiredness, pale eyes and skin, and fatigue. These symptoms are common to other possible underlying serious conditions such as anemia.


One such anemia is Pernicious Anemia which is the lack of the intrinsic factor protein that allows for the absorption of Vitamin B12 even if you consume adequate amounts for B12 in your diet.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) states that Pernicious Anemia is as high as 15% -20% of the population over 50 years old.


 

Benefits


Protects Your Heart

Helps to protect your heart due to its effect on an amino acid called homocysteine. When your body has an adequate amount of vitamin B-12, along with other B vitamins, folate and B-6, your homocysteine levels stay low. People with elevated homocysteine levels are at an increased risk for heart attack, according to researchers who published a study in "Journal of Nutrition" in 2006 even though Researchers who published a study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" in 2008 came to a different conclusion.


After observing the diets of more than 3,000 heart patients for a year, they found that those who took vitamin B-12 and folate supplements reduced their homocysteine levels by 30 percent. Although the supplement lowered this risk factor, the researchers noted that the people who took B-12 and folate did not experience fewer cardiovascular events than the other group, leading the researchers to conclude Vitamin B-12 benefits your heart, arteries and entire circulatory system in a variety of ways. Vitamin B-12 also helps to keep your arteries pliable and your homocysteine levels low. It may help in reducing your risk of developing heart disease but B vitamins do not prevent heart attacks in people who already have heart problems.


Cellulite

B12 also helps maintain a good healthy metabolic rate, which can help you stay at a normal weight, boost your energy (reducing the chances of having excess body fat around the bum, hips, and thighs). A deficiency of B12 can have a big effect on how the skin cells divide and regenerate. Research on the effectiveness of Vitamin B12 to treat cellulite is limited and very new but an interesting area of development. It is certainly worth a try if you hate your cellulite and maybe promising for battling the appearance of cellulite. Combine with all the common-sense every day healthy habits such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, plenty of water, and trying to maintain a healthy weight are actions that are in your power to combat cellulite

Beauty

If you want strong hair, skin, nail and beauty include Vitamin B-complex and B12


Nutritional Need

B12 vitamin cannot be stored by the body, therefore you need to top up regularly. A daily supplement containing B12 can be taken either alone or as part of a B-complex supplement which will cover all your B-Vitamin bases. These vitamin B supplements are easy to take, cost effective, and have a wealth of benefits.

Next time you visit your doctor if you are experiencing any of these above mentioned symptoms you should request to have your Anemia panel work up done which also includes B12. These are not part of your regular lab work so your doctor has to be made aware of your symptoms and the need for these additional tests.


There are various forms of B12 supplements such as tablets, spray, liquid but the best route is directly into the bloodstream. Sublingual or under the tongue is easiest and delivers faster absorption by avoiding the gut. In the most recent year Vitamin B is popular Intramuscularly (IM) and Intravenously (IV).


Great for Vegetarian and Vegans

Vegans and vegetarians are commonly know to have low levels of Vitamin B because Vit B is usually found in red meat, liver and other animal products.

If you want to consider Vit B12 you need to consult with your medical provider before starting treatment because too much Vit B puts a strain on your liver. The best dosage is 5,000 mcg for optimum potency and should never exceed 6,000 mcg per day.

A complete Vitamin B12 must contain Methylcobalamin which is the more natural form that stays in your body longer and at the highest level because it is more bioavailable. Avoid taking the synthetic form of B12 Cyanocobalamin; it is not bioavailable and it takes longer to take effect.




What We Offer

Vitamineral IV Therapy & Body Shaping/Contouring offers Vitamin B12 5000 mcg per/ml dosage. Our B-Complex contains 10 separate Vitamins and Amino Acids which are delivered IV or IM, quick, safely and efficient. Our latest Velashapemachine is used to help rid of cellulite.


Book us for a free consultation and see how we can help you manage some of your vitamin and mineral deficiencies and assist you with optimizing your health both inside and out.

















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