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If you always have "that tired feeling" and general lack of energy, you may not have optimal B12 levels.
Several seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as poor memory, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, depression, and tingling in your extremities, may be an indication that your B12 levels are insufficient.
Found in animal-based foods such as eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, meat, fish and poultry, vitamin B12, aka cobalamin, also comes in supplement form, and it's added to foods such as breakfast cereal. It's called "essential" because your body can't produce it; it must come from an outside source.
WHY IS B12 NECESSARY?
Vitamin B12 is vital for many functions throughout your body. It:
Produces adrenal hormones
fat and carbohydrates
Forms red blood cells
Aids in iron absorption
Helps ensure proper circulation
Promotes reproductive health
Aids in digestion
Supports nervous system function
Optimizes nerve growth and function
Some people don't consume enough vitamin B12 to meet their needs, while others can't absorb enough, no matter how much they take in. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among older people.
You don't have to worry about a vitamin B12 overdose because it's water soluble, so your body takes what it needs and flushes out the rest.
What are the health benefits of getting a B12 vitamin shot?
Beat fatigue: vitamin B12 is required for the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients around the body. Many patients suffering from a B12 deficiency complain of tiredness and fatigue.
Get an energy boost: B12 assists in the process of converting food into glucose, which the body requires for energy production.
Improve brain power: vitamin B12 play a role in supporting mental and cognitive performance.
Lower the risk of heart disease: B12 lowers levels of a compound known as homocysteine that is linked to increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Don’t get forgetful in old age: vitamin B12 can slow down memory loss – high doses help you perform better in memory tasks.
Protect yourself against cancer and other diseases: B12 has been found to be key in preventing and combatting a number of serious health concerns, including various types of cancer.
Lose weight: B12 boosts the metabolism so increasing levels of this vitamin can be an invaluable support if you’re trying to lose weight through diet. It’s energy-giving benefits will also aid your efforts in the gym.
Alleviate anxiety: B12 can help fight mood swings, loss of focus and depression in a number of ways. One way it does this is by synthesising melatonin, dopamine and serotonin, the chemical messengers that influence your moods.
Aid sleep: As well as regulating your mood, melatonin also controls your sleeping patterns and if you’re suffering from a B12 deficiency, a common side effect is being unable to sleep and then feeling tired throughout the day.
Look better: B12 is essential for the health of your skin, hair and nails as it plays a role in cell reproduction and therefore the renewal of your skin.
IV nutrient therapy is fast becoming the preferred method for ensuring you’re getting adequate vitamins, the B12 treatment we offer by a quick injection from our registered and practicing nurse gives instant delivery of this powerhouse vitamin to exactly where it is needed.