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Reasons to Consider Getting a B12 Injection

Mark Neumann


Your body cannot function at optimal levels without a consistent intake of vitamins and nutrients. A deficiency of one – especially vitamin B12 – could impact your health and happiness. Getting a vitamin B12 injection can prevent deficiency and give you all the benefits of having this vitamin in your system. It is an at-home medication with a variety of benefits for your brain, body, and mood.

Keep reading if you believe a B12 injection could help you.

Why B12?

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is an essential nutrient your body cannot produce on its own. Although found in animal products, many people do not get enough vitamin B12 in their daily diets – especially people who practice plant-based diets. This can lead to deficiencies and related complications. Vitamin B12 is important for optimal functioning of many different parts of the body.

Science has proven that taking vitamin B12 consistently can yield the following benefits:

  • Supports red blood cell formation and prevents anemia

  • Supports DNA synthesis

  • Supports nerve cell function

  • Improves mood and can help with depression

  • Boosts energy

  • Enhances memory and other brain function (could prevent dementia)

  • Prevents heart disease and decreases acid homocysteine

  • Prevents major deficiency-related birth defects

  • Supports bone health (may prevent osteoporosis)

  • Prevents the risk of age-related macular degeneration (eye disease)

  • Supports healthy skin, hair, and nails

  • Contributes to weight loss

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The recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin B12 is 2.4 mcg. However, the RDI is higher for people more at risk of a deficiency, such as pregnant women and older adults. If you’re on a strict vegan diet, you have a gastrointestinal disorder, you’ve had bariatric surgery, you take a proton pump inhibitor, or you take metformin to control blood sugar, you could benefit most from a B12 supplement. Instead of relying on food sources to give you adequate levels of B12, you may want to consider taking in 100% of your daily recommended value with a simple shot.

About the B12 Injection

A vitamin B12 injection uses a man-made form of B12, cyanocobalamin, to treat deficiencies. To take the injection, a patient can administer the shot at home, under the skin or into a muscle as directed by a physician. It is an easy procedure that often starts daily, then turns into a monthly shot. Dosages are specific for each patient’s unique needs. The shot can provide enough of vitamin B12 to yield important health benefits, such as preventing serious nerve damage, stomach problems, and anemia. It could be the simple solution to your B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in the world. Although it is available for absorption from many foods, sometimes it is necessary to have B12 injections to help with deficiencies and improve other health conditions. However, it is also important to keep an eye out for possible risks and side effects and to consult a doctor before trying B12 injections.

Think you may be deficient in B12? Don’t be afraid to seek help.

Dr. Neumann is happy to discuss your health and weight loss goals in more detail. Call (734) 847-4700 to schedule your consultation today.