Many people, particularly as they age, do not absorb dietary Vitamin B12 properly through foods and benefit from bypassing the lining of the stomach. Vitamin B-12 is found primarily in red meat, fish, dairy and eggs. When we limit these foods in order to lose weight or dietary restrictions, we may not take adequate amount, or may not absorb it. Vegetarians and vegans mostly suffer from B12 deficiency, but so can meat eaters, making B12 deficiency a common problem. Many people can take oral supplementation or injections of B12. For those who don’t care for a shot, dietary supplementation may be effective. But for those who can not absorb the B12 through the stomach need to have injections of B12 or sublingual.
Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms include; depression and mood disorders, fatigue, memory changes, anemia, low blood pressure, and increased Homocysteine levels (an inflammatory marker).
While the shot addresses B12 deficiency, it may also be prescribed to boost energy, as a therapy for fatigue, depression, or to drive up cognitive function.
Vitamin B-12 provides the following benefits:
- Helps boost energy
- Help to improve depression and reaction to stress
- Helps improve skin, and helps protect hair and nails
- Helps control cravings for salt and sugar
- Helps keeps the digestive system healthy
- Helps to improve memory