VIDEO: How Can Vitamin B12 Injections Help You?
Millions of people have a B12 deficiency. In this video, Dr. Stengler discusses the health benefits of Vitamin B12 Injections.
So how can Vitamin B 12 shots help you? B12 injections are injected into the muscle and dispersed over time, therefore bypassing the digestive tract, so you get much higher absorption than you would orally.
So studies show about 25 percent of seniors have B12 deficiency. They lose the ability to absorb B12 as they can for other nutrients.
In addition, if you’re one the millions of Americans taking proton pump inhibitors, known as PPI’s, that suppress stomach acid for conditions like acid reflux, you’re going to be prone to Vitamin B12 deficiency. And people taking metformin, the common diabetes drug is known to cause B12 deficiency as well.
In addition, people that avoid animal products can be deficient in B12. You do get B12 in foods such as, red meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.
So what is B12 do? Well B12 supports methylation. This is a metabolic process which has many actions in the body but helps to produce energy. As well, methylation helps to produce neurotransmitters for memory, concentration, and mood.
B12 supports nervous system health. B12 is important in making the myelin sheath, which transmits the nerve impulses. In addition, there’s some cardiovascular benefits.
B12 helps divide the process and the amino acid known as homocysteine, which when levels are elevated can contribute to things such as stroke.
B12 works along with folate to help with normal cell division.
The best forms of B12 for injection are methylcobalamin or hydroxocobalamin. We avoid the use of cyanocobalamin which is an old form, which holistic doctors don’t rely upon, you don’t get as good of metabolic effects from it.
So because B12 is water soluble, there is no toxicity. Even if you look at the National Institutes of Health website, they’ll tell you there is no toxicity to B12.
So it’s very benign, there’s no risk to it, and it certainly helps a lot of our patients.