A lot of people are deficient in B12. But, how do you know if a B12 injection is right for you?
What can cause a B12 deficiency?
- Poor Diet: This can include people who eat poor qualities foods like fast food, or people who don't get enough B12 forming foods. It is common for vegans and vegetarians to be B12 deficient, because of the lack of meat in their diet.
- Poor Digestion: B12 requires good absorption to be able to be processed by the body. Even if people think they are eating enough foods with B12 in them, they may not be absorbing it due to inadequate digestive functions.
- MTHFR Mutation: This is a genetic mutation that causes the inability to absorb B12 at all in the oral form. Even if these people are taking B12 orally, they are not absorbing any of it. They do, however, absorb the injectable form.
- Pernicious Anemia: People with this disorder lack the specific intrinsic factor in the stomach which allows for the absorption of B12.
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Use of Antacids
- Use of Birth Control: Taking birth control pills can actually inhibit your ability to absorb B vitamins. This will affect energy, metabolism, and other bodily functions.
What are the benefits of B12?
- Increased Energy
- Increased Focus & Stamina
- Better Immune System
- Sleep Improvement
- Balanced Mood & Emotions
- Improvement in Headaches & Migraines
- Increased Metabolism
How often do you need B12 shots?
Generally, it's best to start with 1 B12 shot per week until the negative symptoms decrease. Then, you can decrease to every other week, and once per month depending on diet. However, I recommend those with the MTHFR mutation to receive B12 shots on a monthly basis. B12 shots can be a great treatment for many different ailments.
The best form of B12 to take is Methylcobalamin. This type of B12 will allow your body to absorb properly, and it is not synthetic. I recommend staying away from Cyanocobalamin. This form is synthetic and can be seen in a lot of vitamins & supplements.