VITAMIN B12 
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Vitamin B12 is one of the 8 essential vitamins that is needed by the body to create energy, optimize brain functioning and for the production of red blood cells and normal blood flow. In addition, Vitamin B12 is a component of DNA and is essential for healthy nerve cells.

Deficiency is common, especially in people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. It is said that about 90% of people who are vegan or vegetarian have a deficiency in B12. This is due to the fact that Vitamin B12 is abundant in fish, especially salmon, trout, tuna and clams. Liver and red meats also contain high amounts of this vitamin. Dairy products such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheeses are also great sources of B12. 

An untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to neurological problems or pernicious anemia, which occurs when your body doesn’t have enough B12 to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs. You may also be more likely to develop Vitamin B12 deficiency if you have:

  • Gastritis

  • Conditions that affect your small intestine (Crohn's disease, celiac disease)

  • Alcohol misuse or heavy drinking can make it harder for your body to absorb nutrients or prevent you from eating enough calories.

  • Immune system disorders, such as Lupus

  • Certain medications that interfere with the absorption of B12 (certain heartburn medications, certain diabetes medications)

 

Signs of low Vitamin B12 include:

  • Fatigue, low energy

  • Poor sleep

  • Depressive symptoms

  • Weight gain 

  • Poor memory

  • Poor concentration

  • Hair thinning

  • Nerve problems like numbness or tingling and muscle weakness 

Vitamin B12 injections can improve mood, memory, depression, increase energy and concentration, improve sleep, aid in weightloss, improve metabolism and boost immune system.

Contact our clinic today to find out how Vitamin B12 injections may be right for you!