While each person’s body functions differently, B12 is a crucial vitamin for optimal health. Because this vitamin is associated with increased energy and metabolism, some people have experienced a correlation between B-12 and weight loss, especially in cases where a deficiency existed before injections. Although weight loss can be a side effect of B-12 injections, it is a common misconception that it can be used as a weight-loss supplement. However, Vitamin B12 provides various benefits and can contribute to your body functioning optimally.
What is B-12? How Does It work?
Vitamin B-12 is found naturally in various foods; this vitamin is water-soluble and most commonly associated with fish and dairy products. Vitamin B-12 is often found naturally in different foods and is also available as a dietary supplement. B-12 injections are often prescribed to prevent or treat pernicious anemia in cases of deficiency.
What are the benefits of B-12?
B-12 is an essential nutrient that helps us develop DNA, nourishes the brain and bloodstream, and helps with the creation of Red Blood Cells; it has been shown to help aid in the production of serotonin which can be an asset to those struggling with anxiety and depression. It has also been shown to reduce the odds of macular degeneration in women over 40, is a critical nutrient for expectant mothers, and has been linked to healthy birth weights and fetal development.
How Do I Know If I’m Deficient in B-12?
B-12 deficiencies are the most common in adults who eat a vegetarian or vegan diet and women over 40. Common symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency are dizziness, a pale or yellow tinge to your skin, a sore red tongue, mouth ulcers, the feeling of pins and needles when you’ve been stationary for a long time, disturbed vision, or irritability and depression.
Should I be taking B-12 shots?
Many adults are deficient in B-12. Because Vitamin B12 is most commonly found in animal products, an estimated 90% of individuals who eat a vegan or vegetarian diet are deficient. Also, as women age, their bodies have greater difficulty absorbing B-12, and even if they eat a varied diet can find themselves lacking. Even adults who take an oral supplement can still find themselves deficient because of the body’s challenges in absorbing this nutrient in supplement form. Alternatively, B-12 shots can be entirely absorbed by the body. If you’re curious if you would benefit from B-12 shots, a simple blood test will be able to provide you with answers.
How Long Does a B-12 Shot Last?
B-12 shots can last in the body for about seven days. If a person is exceptionally deficient, they will need a treatment regimen. Working with a qualified health care provider can help you determine an optimal treatment plan to help you meet your health goals. Of course, your diet and lifestyle changes can also help you increase your intake of B-12 naturally. At Elite Wellness our team can answer any questions you might have regarding healthy B-12 levels and ongoing treatment plans.
How Long Will It Take To Feel The Effects Of B-12 Shots?
B-12 injections are the most efficient way for your body to absorb B-12. Within 48-72 hours, your body will utilize the available nutrients and work making new red blood cells. However, you might not feel any noticeable difference right away. 2-3 injections over several weeks will provide optimal results for mild deficiencies. More prolonged treatment may be necessary for extreme deficiencies before effects are observed.
Will B-12 Shots Make Me Gain Weight?
No current evidence supports that Vitamin B-12 contributes to weight gain. However, some patients have reported decreased appetite and increased energy, contributing to weight loss.
Does B-12 Help With Anxiety?
B-12 is a critical element in the production of certain chemicals in the brain like serotonin that affect mood and other brain functions. Although supplementing with B-12 is not a replacement for prescription anti-depressants, many people have found that they feel a mental boost along with an elevated mood and increased energy when their Vitamin B-12 intake is at an optimal level.
Why Should I Work With Elite Wellness?
At Elite Wellness, our primary desire is to have healthy, thriving patients. We care about you, your health goals, and your comfort as you receive treatment. Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff is here to answer your questions, help identify your health goals, and design an optimal treatment plan to keep you feeling your best. Call us today at (404) 689-6860 or schedule an appointment for your free consultation.