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How to boost your energy with vitamin B12?

B12- Intramuscular Injection Therapy

I've written about the one thing that will boost you and keep you feeling good and warm and fuzzy during these winter months- Vitamin B12. It's also an instant booster and really needed at this time of year. Down below you'll see everything you ever needed to know about B12 and whether it's the right thing for you! Just one thing, aim to get a shot instead of a pill, as it's better for absorption when you decide to take it.

 

How to have it

It is commonly believed that only intramuscular vitamin B12 is effective for treating vitamin deficiency. In fact, in some situations, oral treatment is not appropriate. Intramuscular vitamin B12 is more appropriate in cases of deficiency when there is neurological involvement and in patients with digestive disorders i.e. diarrhoea or vomiting.

 

People most likely to be deficient?

    People with a poor functioning digestive system, vegans and vegetarians. 
    Also, adults who are 51 and older can be at greater risk (usually due to a compromised digestive system)
    Drinking Alcohol

Signs of deficiency

Vitamin deficiency can take months to years to become symptomatic due to initial large body stores.
    Anemia
    Loss of balance
    Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs 
    Weakness

    Consequences of a B12 Deficiency

      It's an intricate vitamin to absorb and not as easily absorbed as the other B Vitamins. Older adults with vitamin B12 deficiency might require weekly injections to restore levels to normal.Can be stored in the liver for a period of time. However, people who have any type of digestive disorders, will not absorb enough vitamin B12 through their digestive system.This leads to fatigue and not enough oxygen circulating the blood. Deficiency of the vitamin, therefore, can often lead to an Iron deficiencyThe fact that it plays such a key role in red blood cell production means that deficiency of this vitamin can actually cause a form of anaemia called B12 deficiency anaemiaA key building block for haemoglobin is a compound called succinylCoA, and without enough vitamin B12, we simply cannot make enough of this building block.

      Vitamin Overdose

      Some of the symptoms of vitamin overdose include:
        Itchiness on different body parts and 
        Numbness, 
        Improper heart functioning, 
        Giddiness and Regular headaches.

      Vitamin Injection vs Supplements

      Traditionally, vitamin B12 replacement has been administered intramuscularly (as an injection) because absorption through the gastrointestinal tract is deficient. But because vitamin absorption by the gut is less effective than a shot directly into muscle, a higher dose is often needed when taken orally. Over-the-counter pills in high enough doses for treatment might be difficult to find, so you might need to take three or more pills to make up your necessary daily dose. Enjoy the week, be happy and snuggle up warm (: