Vitamin B12 injections have recently gained steady traction and been incorporated into common practices for most medical and naturopathic providers for wellness and maintenance of health; however, skeptics in the community have often questioned the evidence and rationale behind B12 supplementation. This article will explore the background of B12 supplementation and review some of the literature regarding B12 shots and its usages.
Vitamins are compounds that help the body function and participate in various regulatory activities that are essential to life. There are two categories of vitamins, water-soluble vitamins such as B and C vitamins, and fat-soluble vitamins such as A,D and E. The difference between the two subtypes defines the vitamins as well as the potential of toxicity with supplementation. Water- soluble vitamins are readily dissolved in water-based environments such as blood, and get excreted if there is excess. Fat-soluble vitamins, on the other hand, are stored in fatty tissue and can accumulate to dangerous and toxic levels with over use.
Vitamin B12 is crucial in various metabolic process in the body, and participates in red blood cell production, functioning of the nervous system, regulating sleep and mood, and even affecting levels of other compounds in the body that help in maintenance of organs such as the brain, heart and eye. Deficiency in Vitamin B12 can then result in diseases such as anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep-mood disorders or neuropathy.
B12 is found naturally in animal products and absorbed in the digestive tract after binding to a molecule produced by the stomach called intrinsic factor. Various factors ranging from diet and physiology can then determine the amount of B12 absorbed. Studies have shown that 10-40% of the general public are deficient in B12. Certain population groups such as vegan, vegetarians are prone to such deficiency due diet. Others that suffer from gastro-intestinal ailments such as Crohn’s dieases or the chronically ill, alcoholics, the elderly, and even people that have undergone gastric surgery are also frequently deficient of B12.
For people suffering from lack of B12, supplementation can usually reverse the symptoms associated with deficiency. B12 can be supplemented in three ways, orally, intramuscularly (IM) with B12 shots and injections, and finally intravenously with IV drips. Oral supplementation of B12 results in slower absorption and delivers only a fraction of the available compound to the body compared to IM or IV use. As a result much larger doses have to be ingested more frequently to achieve the same concentration of B12 in the body with oral replacement. IV replacement is most efficient in raising B12 levels, but can subsequently drop off due to the excretion of water-soluble vitamins. Thus IV vitamin drips administered in conjunction with B12 shots is ideal because it rapidly replaces levels, but then has a continuous supply as a result of the intramuscular depot of B12 injection.
In summary, B12 deficiency is common in the general public. Low levels of vitamin B12 can result in serious health problems and affect quality of life. B12 replacement therapy is safe and can be delivered by various methods.
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