Sounds like a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Find out everything you need to know about Vitamin B12 injections below!
Vitamin B12 injections can be really great for individuals who have the symptoms listed and for those who cannot absorb the vitamin due to digestive concerns. .
✨What can cause a B12 deficiency? If you have low stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), B12 will not be released from the protein it is bound to be absorbed. As we age, we tend to produce less stomach acid. Also, Intrinsic Factor (IF) protein is released from cells in the gut and must bind to B12 so that it can be absorbed in the small intestine! Some people do not produce Intrinsic Factor resulting in pernicious anemia. .
✨What does B12 do exactly in the body? Vitamin B12’s role is to create red blood cells, it has a role in DNA synthesis, helps to carry out neurotransmitter function and helps with hormone production, helps to create hemoglobin, plays a role in the development of the fetus during pregnancy, and more. .
✨How do you determine if you have a Vitamin B12 deficiency? The best way is through getting a lab test to determine your levels. .How do you get more B12? There are a few ways:
1) Through your diet! Foods highest in B12 include organ meats (ie. liver), wild caught fish, pastured-raised poultry, grass fed beef. Meaning vegans/vegetarians have lower levels of B12.
2) Through a vitamin supplement – the best is a lozenge under the tongue! OR
3) Through a prescription for injections. .
✨Injections of B12 go into the muscle and are rapidly absorbed in comparison to oral forms which take longer to absorb!
✨This all being said, not everyone needs B12 injections. It is not magic! We must think about other aspects of your life! But many can benefit from increased energy, better mood, and more mental clarity! .
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