Feeling a Little Droopy?
Tired. Rundown. Loss of energy. Is this you?
Vitamin B12 injections can help. Vitamin B12 helps to grow healthy red blood cells, improves the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, and helps to protect nerve cells and DNA. In addition to improved energy, vitamin B12 treats pernicious anemia, helps age-related macular degeneration, and improves thinking and memory, including Alzheimer’s disease related memory problems.
Individuals who are vegetarians or vegans, who are over 60 years of age, who take certain medications like metformin (Glucophage), or who have a history of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac sprue or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are at risk for Vitamin B12 deficiency. Other individuals at risk for deficiency include people with stomach problems like acid reflux or those who take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 blockers or other stomach acid lowering medications. Stomach problems lead to poor absorption of dietary or oral supplement vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 should not be used by individuals with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy. For individuals with megaloblastic anemia, the vitamin should be used with caution and only with vitamin B9 (folate).
Vitamin B12 is dosed weekly to monthly except in individuals with a laboratory documented B12 deficiency. For deficient individuals, the dose is daily for ten days, then weekly for four weeks and weekly of monthly thereafter depending on individual response.