Why would you get a B-12 Shot?
Weight loss, energy, and pernicious anemia treatment.
Vitamin B-12 shots, whether delivered in injectable form or through energy drinks, have become a hot commodity in the 21st century. The injectable form is used for weight loss, energy, and for the treatment of certain conditions like pernicious anemia. Because B-12 is often created in the body from animal proteins, vegetarians may need to take a supplement in order to ensure that they do not suffer from a vitamin deficiency. Some of the side effects of B12 injections can include pain at the injection site, rashes, insomnia, blindness (if you have the hereditary eye disease known as Leber's disease), blood clots, and itching. You might also turn into one of those health nuts with a high energy level, in which case you should seek out like-minded individuals because your current friends will find your new attitude insufferable.
Depending on how your body absorbs and manufactures B12, you may not need shots but could use sublingual B12 from drops or chewable tablets available at any vitamin store. The author recently had the pleasure of buying chewable b12 tablets at a name brand store, and totally enjoyed the strong-arm tactics from the clerk who wanted to upsell the huge sublingual drops, sell a membership, and offer a complete package of multivitamins that would help me lose weight and stay mentally alert, as if to say that I am an overweight dimwit. This is probably why people would want to buy their B12 online. As a special alert for those people buying vitamins over the Internet, and since I am more of a consumer advocate than a salesman (and my bank account balance can prove this) I will also give the standard warning about signing up for cheap vitamins when there is recurring billing on your credit card for suprisingly large amounts of money. By all means, you can buy supplements in bulk and save money, but signing up for recurring billing usually involves surprises and overdrawn accounts, so speaking as someone who has seen both sides of supplement marketing, you should make sure that your purchases aren't auto-shipped unless you are getting some kind of fantastic bargain. Most people out there who sell nutrients, supplements, and vitamin combinations will make you a part of their buying club, so you can wait for the right discount to be emailed to you before you get your pills, which (as we should all know) cost a surpisingly small amount to manufacture.
The following video shows how to give a monthly B-12 injection:
What Is Vitamin B-12?
Vitamin B-12, or Cobalamin, has a key role in brain function. This water-soluble vitamin also affects the function of blood and the rest of the nervous system. Among all vitamins, b12 is unique in that it has a complex molecular structure, and not created by plants or animals but by bacteria. Even the manufacturing of vitamins requires the use of fermentation. B12 contains cobalt as part of its molecular structure, and one of the most common forms of the vitamin is known as cyanocobalamin, which has cyanide as part of its matrix, though this is not typically a problem at any dose or megadose level. (Almonds and cigarette smoke also contain cyanide, for example, but not in sufficient quantities to cause health issues.) New varieties of B12 without cyanide include hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin, and adenosylcobalamin, and your health food store will steer you toward these primarily because they cost more. Aside from its functions in muscle and nerve functioning, B12 can treat cyanide poisoning, and treating hereditary deficiencies in transcobalamin 2. People who are deficient in B12 may have symptoms of mania and psychosis in extreme cases, but will also experience fatigue, memory loss, or depression. In the body, B12 can be lost due to excessive alcohol intake over time, use of antiboitics (though some can improve b12 intake), radiation, nicotine use, and some anticonvulsants. Some studies indicate that proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec may reduce natural b12 production in the body.
Notes and Special Information
Special note:This website is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. Whenever you are getting injections of any vitamin supplement, you should let all of your doctors know so they are aware of any potential drug interactions and side effects.