Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient your body needs for proper neurological function and the formation of red blood cells. B12 shots are an injection of this vitamin that guarantees you get an adequate amount to support your health needs and overall well-being. Dr Bret Ellington DACM, LAc, provides B12 shots at Inner Balance Acupuncture in Westminster, Colorado.
What is vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is one of the B vitamins. It’s an essential nutrient, meaning it must come from the food you eat. Your body uses vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, create DNA, and support the development and function of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
Vitamin B12 is only naturally found in animal foods like meat, poultry, fish, and dairy. B12 is bound to a protein in food and is only absorbed when released from this protein. The unbound vitamin B12 then combines with a transport system called intrinsic factor for absorption into the bloodstream.
If you don’t eat meat or don’t produce an adequate amount of intrinsic factors, you might not get enough vitamin B12.
What are the benefits of B12 shots?
B12 shots ensure your body gets an adequate supply of vitamin B12 without going through the digestive system. The benefits of B12 shots include:
Restoring nutritional deficiencies
Improving central nervous system function
Boosting the production of red blood cells
Vitamin B12 plays a central role in turning food into energy. Many people also report a boost in energy after getting B12 shots. Inner Balance Acupuncture may also use the injections for weight management.
Am I a candidate for B12 shots?
Your provider at Inner Balance Acupuncture determines if you’re a candidate for B12 shots after a consultation. Inner Balance Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to care, focusing on your whole health and well-being.
They may consider you a candidate for B12 shots if you’re vitamin B12 deficient or not getting enough B12 from food or supplements.
Because vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, your body can’t store it, so there’s no risk of taking too much or overdosing. Your body eliminates any extra vitamin B12 through your urine.
Patient's with B12 deficiency will notice a boost in energy. Beyond that, B12 can also regenerate nerve tissue and help with cognitive function!
What can I expect after B12 shots?
B12 shots take only a few minutes to inject. After your shot, you may feel a boost in energy and an improvement in focus.
Depending on your health needs, your practitioner at Inner Balance Acupuncture may recommend regular B12 shots to prevent nutritional deficiencies and support general health.
Call the office to find out more about B12 shots at Inner Balance Acupuncture or schedule an appointment online today.