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Vitamin B12

 Vitamin B12 is an essential B Vitamin that plays an important role in red blood cells, prevention and treatment of anemia, methylation reactions, and immune system regulation. Without enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body, a person may feel tired and weak. However, Vitamin B12 is not easily absorbed by the stomach or intestinal tract so the injectable form of the Vitamin is superior.  

Potential benefits:

  • Boosts energy production

  • Promotes emotional stability

  • Increases mental acuteness

  • Eases PMS; balances hormones

  • Reduces migraine headaches

  • Enhances immune & nervous system function

  • Supports/improves metabolism

  How often can I do the injections?

• Vitamin B12 shots are the most effective when taken at regular intervals.  We recommend once weekly for 4 weeks, followed by once a month.  A regular injection schedule can be individualized.  
 Facts about Vitamin B12

• Aging means we absorb less Vitamin B12 from food.  It is estimated 85% of us come up short of the necessary B12 from our diet. • Absorption of B12 in food requires a substance from our stomachs called intrinsic factor, the production of which decreases with age.  The American College of Physicians assumes that no one has intrinsic factor past age 70.   • People with chronic fatigue or anemia can require regular injections of vitamin B12 because the oral form is unreliable. 
 Side effects and warnings

• Some redness and swelling at the injection site may occur and should begin to clear up within 48 hours.   • Vitamin B12 is safe for most people.  However, pregnant or lactating women should speak to their doctor prior to starting a B12 regimen. • Sensitivity to cobalt and/or Vitamin B12 is a contraindication • Clients with chronic liver and/or kidney dysfunction, Leber’s disease (hereditary eye disease) or abnormal red blood cells (megaloblastic anemia) should not take frequent B12 injections.  

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