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We all want to make sure we’re as healthy as possible. Typically, we opt to take a daily multivitamin or vitamin supplement to make sure our bodies are in balance. However, there’s a way to deliver vital vitamins into our systems without having to swallow a pill. Let’s go over vitamin B12 injections, what they do, and why they’re better than your standard oral supplement.

What Does Vitamin B12 Do?

Vitamin B12 is a critical water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in the synthesis of our DNA, energy production, nerve cell health, red blood cell formation, and neurological function. The Office of Dietary Supplements recommends men and women more than 14-years-old take in at least 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 every day. This may not sound like a lot, but it is very common for men and women to have low levels of B12.

Why Am I Low on B12?

While vitamin B12 is present in many foods, it’s mainly found in animal-based products like red meat. Because of this, it is common for many vegetarians and vegans to be deficient in vitamin B12, which can start to wreak havoc on the body and the way it functions. Other individuals that may have difficulty absorbing B12 are patients who are anemic or don’t have the adequate stomach acid required to release the vitamin from its food source.

How Do I Know if I’m Low on B12?

People who have low levels of vitamin B12 often exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Vision changes
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Decreased cognitive function

What Makes B12 Shots Better than Supplements?

While oral supplements are a perfectly adequate way to increase the levels of vitamin B12 in your system, we have found B12 shots to be more effective. This is because a vitamin B12 injection delivers the vitamin directly into your bloodstream, rather than having it be absorbed into the body through the stomach. B12 injections help to immediately alleviate symptoms related to low vitamin levels. B12 injections also last for up to three months at a time, whereas an oral supplement must be taken every day to maintain results.

Have you realized you may be low on vitamin B12? You’re not alone. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one B12 injection consultation with Dr. Omatade today.

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