Westport | Fairfield CT
Vitamin B12 is an extremely vital nutrient and oddly, difficult to detect when deficient. B12 deficiency is often seen in people who follow vegetarian or vegan diets, regularly use anti-acids or have overused antibiotics. And, even if meat and seafood are part of your diet, it’s important to know that most of the proteins you consume aren’t wild caught (fish) or grass-fed (meat and dairy) thus, the amount of B12 (and other nutrients) you are consuming can be much lower.
Some of the most common symptoms of low B12 levels are poor concentration, moodiness and general fatigue (see below for a full list of symptoms.) Unfortunately, the benefits of oral supplementation are often drastically reduced by poor absorption (either due to genetic predisposition, autoimmune disorders or leaky gut/poor gut). And aging itself means we absorb less Vitamin B12 from food. It is estimated 85% of us come up short of the necessary B12 from our diet.
In addition, 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). The decline in our intrinsic factor starts decades earlier. For all of these reasons contributing to unpredictable and low levels, we like to recommend the injectable form of B12.
Our prescription for most patients is weekly B12 shots for a two to three-month period and with monitoring symptoms to see the response. We then suggest injections once a month. Our formula includes the following components to cover the spectrum of B vitamins most beneficial in combating symptoms. We offer 2 variations on B-12: one directed to weight loss and the other to building muscle.
What Does Vitamin B12 Do for Health?
The body needs a wide variety of nutrients, each in proper proportions, to function at optimal levels. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that is necessary for the efficient formation of red blood cells, in addition to about 100 other functions. These include providing and sustaining energy, neurological function, DNA synthesis, and more. Understanding that Vitamin B12 is integral to so much of your physiology, we've included it as a foundational ingredient in our Lipo-Plus and Lipo-Mino injectable treatments.
Some of the conditions that may benefit from Vitamin B12 injections include:
- Low mood (depression)
- Poor sleep
- Low energy
- Diminished mental focus
- Hormone imbalance
- Chronic fatigue
- Diabetic neuropathy
How Are Vitamin B12 Injections Different than Taking B12 Supplements?
Millions of bottles of Vitamin B12 are sold each year! It isn't a bad idea to take oral supplements but it may not be the best way to achieve the best results. Unlike oral supplements, injections of vitamins like B12 don't have to go through the digestive process. This means that the intrinsic factors that can prevent absorption, including inflammation or poor gut health, are bypassed. The vitamin is delivered directly to your cells and readily available for facilitating relevant functions.
How Long do the Effects of My B12 Injections Last?
The effects of B12 injections can vary between different people. Generally, our patients report feeling the uplifting effects of their vitamin B12 injections for about one week. This nutrient is water soluble. However, it is the only nutrient of its kind that the body will store for later use as needed. If your body has enough Vitamin B12 to sustain its functions, then it will excrete the unnecessary extra via your urine. This is why it's possible for your urine to become discolored for a short time after our injections.
Where on the Body are B12 Shots Given?
Vitamin injections are given intramuscularly (IM). The most common and comfortable place to receive an IM injection is in the upper, outer quadrant of the buttock. If you receive weekly injections, we'll alternate from one side to the other to prevent unnecessary soreness. The injections are made quite high on the buttocks, so you can feel comfortable that you won't need to expose this area to your provider more than is absolutely necessary.
I Eat Plenty of Meat. Why Would I Need B12 Injections?
It is a common misconception that only vegans could be deficient in B vitamins. In actuality, it's possible to need more B12 regardless of your diet, or maybe even because of the meat that you eat! According to the Framingham Offspring Study, 39 percent of the population may be somewhat deficient in vitamin B12. Within the confines of the study, eating meat had no relevance on this measurement. New research indicates that the animal sugars that are consumed may attach to the cells that line organs like the stomach, resulting in the production of antibodies and chronic inflammation to "fight off" the sugars. Where there is inflammation in the lining of the stomach, the absorption of Vitamin B12 may be lacking. The best way to support optimal levels, then, is through intramuscular injections.
Look Forward to the following benefits:
° Improved energy and stamina
° Improved sleep quality and duration
° Higher metabolism
° Improved mental clarity
° Balanced immune system
Formulas and Ingredients
Lipo- Plus (Weight Loss, Energy): Pyridoxine (B6), Methionine, Inositol, Choline, and Hydroxocobalamin (B12).
Lipo- Mino (Build Muscle, Energy): Pyridoxine (B6), Methionine, Inositol, Choline, Hydroxocobalamin (B12), Carnitine, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin.
Pyridoxine (B6): Promotes red blood cell production and converts food to energy.
Methionine: Helps break down sugars & carbohydrates and convert to energy.
Inositol: Converts food to energy.
Choline: Healthy nerve cells, cuts muscle recovery time, helps convert fat to energy.
Hydroxocobalamin: Energy, healthy nerve cells.
Carnitine: Building block for proteins, helps body burn fat as fuel.
Thiamine (B1): Improves immune system, helps convert fat and carbohydrates into energy.
Riboflavin (B2): Increases metabolism, supports immune system.
See if any of the following signs and symptoms apply to you.
The following symptoms are often signs of B12 deficiency: Fatigue, Low depressed mood, Pernicious Anemia Weight Issues, Irritability/moodiness, Pregnant/trying to become pregnant, Breastfeeding, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Memory loss/Alzheimer’s, Sleep disorders, Osteoporosis, Tendonitis,Asthma,Allergies, History of Migraines, Immunosuppression, Thyroid Disorders,Numbness/tingling of body.
Contact us 203-221-0102 for your B12 Injections today!