Boost your vitality with B12 injections!
Dr. Erin recently passed her Ontario Prescribing Exam. This is an optional exam that, when passed, allows Naturopathic Doctors to have more freedom in their treatment plans. One of those new treatment options is the Vitamin B12 Injection. Interested in learning more about B12? This blog is for you!
What is vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient found in animal products (meat, chicken, dairy, eggs) that your body uses to maintain healthy red blood cells and nerves. The body is a multi-talented organism, but unfortunately, you cannot make this nutrient. You MUST obtain it from either food or supplements. If you do not consume animal products, you are NOT getting B12.
What are the forms of B12?
There are three types: cyanocobalamin, hydroxycobalamin, and methylcobalamin. Cyanocobalamin is synthetic, and therefore cheaper. Your body has to work hard to break down and absorb this form. Not ideal. Hydroxycobalamin is much more readily converted to the biologically active form of B12 in the body. Better.
Methylcobalamin is generally considered the ideal form of B12, and is the form of B12 I choose for injection. This form is the most active in the body. Perhaps the most important feature of methylcobalamin is its affinity for the neurological system. Unlike other B12 forms, methylcobalamin is effective at protecting the brain and nervous tissue. Think Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and diabetic neuropathy.
What are the symptoms of a B12 deficiency?
Some symptoms include fatigue, weakness, a tingling or crawling sensation in the limbs, anxiety, depression, and poor memory.
How is a B12 deficiency diagnosed?
A simple, $15 test can determine the blood levels of B12. However, because other conditions can mimic a B12 deficiency, it’s important to work with an Integrated Healthcare Professional in order to rule those other diagnoses out.
What conditions can benefit from a Vitamin B12 Injection?
- Autism spectrum and ADHD
- Bipolar disorder
- Celiac disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Cervical dysplasia
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Deficiency due to medication use
- Oral contraceptives (aka “the pill”)
- Acid lowering drugs (Pepcid, Axid, Zantac, Prevacid, Losec)
- Heart disease
- Migraine headaches
- Neurologic conditions (Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, MS, tinnitus)
- Pernicious anemia
Will it hurt?
It is an intramuscular injection, so it is relatively painless. Most don’t feel anything as the needle goes in, some people feel a small pinch. A mild ache at the site of injection (normally the deltoid muscle) may be present.
How do I get started?
Book your initial 90-minute visit with Dr. Erin by simply clicking here! She is excited to meet you and discuss your personal health goals! Existing patients need to only book a 30-minute consult fee to discuss how the B12 shot works.
Disclaimer: The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace a consultation with a licensed health care provider.